- May 31 - King Library Opens at 1:00 PM
We seek an independent consultant with experience and knowledge in appraisal of children’s books.
San José Public Library owns a collection of materials called the Children’s Resource Collection (CRC), consisting of approximately 7200 non-circulating books and magazines dating from 1763 to 1996. The materials get little use, and we’re interested in appraising the collection to determine its value and make a decision as to its future.
Scope of work
The consultant will evaluate the CRC materials and offer an appraisal of the collection as a whole as well as individual appraisals for any item for which the estimated value is over $25.00, or of special significance for another reason. The appraised values should be those at which the Library can reasonably expect to resell the items. Deliverables will include a written assessment of the collection’s condition and value; appraisals for the collection as a whole as well as individual items as stated above; and written recommendations for potential buyers for the collection. The consultant may also be asked to make a fifteen-minute presentation at a library management meeting to explain her/his findings.
The Library will inventory the collection before the consultant starts. We will provide full access to the collection Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm, and other hours as mutually determined; office space for the duration of the project; a laptop for the duration of the project to be used for research within the library; and office supplies as needed.
How to apply
Please email the following materials to Daisy Porter, Manager of King Access, Children’s, and Youth, firstname.lastname@example.org, by September 23.
• A résumé detailing your qualifications for evaluating historical books, especially children’s materials
• A letter of interest including your requested fee and the time you estimate it will take you to complete the project