Duties And Responsibilities
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This position has primary curatorial responsibility for the collections of rare books within Lauinger Library’s Special Collections Research Center, in consultation with the director of the SCRC. The incumbent develops rare book collections, by both purchase and gift; prioritizes and coordinates cataloging efforts and collection maintenance; provides and supervises reference service for these collections; and sets priorities for digitization. The incumbent consults with faculty to learn about their research and curricular needs; interprets and analyzes the information needs of students, faculty, and other researchers; monitors collection development and scholarly publishing trends in research libraries, and the commercial sector; and monitors the collections budget in the assigned areas of responsibility. The curator initiates and engages in outreach activities, such as exhibitions, publications and classroom presentation and research sessions, to highlight Special Collections and to promote the use of its holdings. The incumbent coordinates with faculty and other librarians on designing research assignments using rare materials.
This position reports to the director of the Special Collections Research Center, who provides policy direction. In addition to the responsibilities listed above, the Rare Books Curator ensures that the goals and objectives of the Center are met with regard to its rare book holdings; supervise the Rare Books Unit staff and student workers; liaises with the Metadata Services staff to coordinate rare book cataloging efforts; advises the Woodstock Theological Center Library on rare book matters; represents the department on library committees and councils as appropriate; and interacts with faculty, students, staff, administrators, alumni, external researchers, and professional and bibliophilic organizations.
A Master’s degree: ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent experience; Master’s degree or equivalent experience in a humanities-related field. Demonstrated knowledge of the history of the book and principles of bibliography. At least three years’ experience in special collections librarianship. Knowledge of the organization and administrative policies and procedures in libraries and archives. Strong communication and analytical skills. The ability to work independently and with others and excel in a dynamic team environment. Well-developed organizational and research skills. Record of professional accomplishments and commitment to ongoing development. Bibliographic literacy in the widest possible range of languages is helpful.