Special Collections Librarian/Archivist for Research & Collections
University of Rochester
July 27, 2017
Rochester, New York
Part-time - Experienced
Higher Education Institution
Full Time 40 hours Grade 000 Rare Bks, Spcl Collctns & Pres Responsibilities Position Summary: The River Campus Libraries (RCL) Department of Rare Books, Special Collections seeks a dynamic, user-focused librarian/archivist. Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Special Collections and Preservation, the Special Collections Librarian/Archivist for Research & Collections is part of an engaged team that provides vision and leadership for the continued development and use of rare and unique materials in research, instruction, exhibitions, collaborative projects, digital scholarship, and in other contexts. The successful candidate will assume primary curatorial responsibility for specific collecting areas within Special Collections, and will develop expertise and knowledge in these areas and across the collections. The specific collection areas assigned will be based in part on the current strengths of the candidate; the successful candidate will have a demonstrated interest in and ability to engage new topics. Collections areas of strength and focus include, but are not limited to local history and culture (Western NY/Rochester); Abolition (including papers of Frederick Douglass), Womenâ™s Suffrage (including papers of Susan B. Anthony and other important suffrage pioneers), 19th and 20th c. political collections (including the papers of William Henry Seward and Thomas E. Dewey), modern literature and literary collections (including the papers of John A. Williams and John Gardner); human rights and social justice collections; HIV/AIDS education; religion/interfaith collections; the history of science/optics/xerography; history of photography (including the Eastman Kodak Historic Collection), American and British theater, and more. See our A-Z list of manuscript collections here: http://rbscp.lib.rochester.edu/mssalpha and our Collection Development and Management Policy here: http://rbscp.lib.rochester.edu/collectiondevelopment The libraries are committed to providing expert research assistance, increasing access to digital and physical resources, and developing technology-enriched spaces. Specific Responsibilities: Reference/Research Support/Outreach/Instruction: Provide expert, in-depth reference and consultation services to a diverse community of onsite and offsite users, including students who require access to historical collections in their research and classwork Develop working relationships with faculty to support the Universityâ™s teaching, research and learning endeavors through the use of Libraryâ™s collections Present information in support of the Universityâ™s teaching, research and learning endeavors to internal and external groups as requested on special collections topics and collections With the support of the Exhibits Manager, curates and co-curates exhibitions Help to identify and promote collections using social media, blog, and through other venues Acquisitions and Collection Development: In consultation with colleagues, acquires manuscript materials and published materials through gift and purchase and participates in collection development discussions across all collecting areas Help to shape and refine collection development policy and digital collection development policy Preservation and Access: Provide archival processing or processing support for collections Provide preservation support for collections Increase access to collections by working with Libraries staff in enhancing metadata, organizing incoming and unprocessed collections and creating finding aids using ArchivesSpace Collaborate actively with the Digital Scholarship Lab, Library Information Technology Services, and Information Discovery Team on the creation, access and preservation of online projects using special collections materials Professional Development and Service: Maintain currency with library functions, resources, practices and procedures Participates in and contributes towards River Campus Libraries and University committees, meetings, and events Maintains professional collaborations with River Campus Libraries colleagues and other campus constituencies. Contributes to the profession through active participation in conferences, associations, research, writing, etc. Performs other duties as assigned Qualifications: ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS with a concentration in special collections, archives, or archival administration, or Masterâ™s in Archival Studies Outstanding interpersonal, verbal, and written skills Excellent organizational, time, and project management skills Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively in a diverse, dynamic, team setting A commitment to service and professional development A strong commitment to diversity Ability to perform physical requirements of the job including the ability to lift materials weighing up to 40 pounds, and tolerance to dust Preferred Qualifications Second graduate degree in History, American Studies, or a related subject area Two or more years experience in special collections, archives, or rare book library setting Experience with collection development in history or related subject areas Subject expertise and/or interest in an area/areas which our collection supports Management of a collections budget Familiarity with archival management software such as ArchivesSpace Familiarity with EAD, DACS, metadata schemas About the River Campus Libraries This is an exciting time to join the dyamic University of Rochester community and the University of Rochesterâ™s River Campus Libraries as we embark upon a new strategic plan. With more than 3.5 million volumes, extensive digital resources, and world-renowned collections of rare and unique materials, the River Campus Libraries forms the intellectual foundation of learning and research at the University of Rochester. The iconic Rush Rhees Library, located at the heart of the campus, is home to the Art and Music Library; the Digital Scholarship Lab; the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections & Preservation; the Gleason Library, a flexible, collaborative study space; the Rossell Hope Robbins Library for medieval studies; and the University Archives. The Carlson Science and Engineering Library, located in the Computer Studies building, houses the VISTA Collaboratory, a state-of-the-art data visualization lab. The Physics-Optics-Astronomy Library is located in the Bausch and Lomb building. Other University of Rochester Libraries include the Sibley Library, part of the Eastman School of Music, and the Minor Library, part of the University of Rochester Medical School. Please apply online and send letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three references to: Kelley Kitrinos Rush Rhees Library University of Rochester Rochester, NY 14627 RCLHR@library.rochester.edu The University of Rochester is an Equal Opportunity Employer: EOE Minorities / Females / Protected Veterans / Disabled
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