The River Campus Libraries (RCL) Department of Rare Books, Special Collections seeks a dynamic discovery and access-focused librarian/archivist to provide leadership, coordination, and oversight for the accessioning, arrangement, description, and management of Special Collections materials across all collecting areas. Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Special Collections and Preservation, the Special Collections Librarian/Archivist for Discovery and Access is part of a collaborative 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 oversee the department’s Archives Space instance and will have primary responsibility for the implementation of best practices for archival processing within the department. Working closely with colleagues across the Libraries, the successful candidate will take a lead role in archival processing and training others in archival processing within the department.
The candidate will also have some 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 may be based in part on the current strengths of the candidate; the successful candidate will have a demonstrated interest in and ability to engage in 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), Women’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.
Discovery and Access Coordination: 30%
Serve as the primary manager of the department’s instance of ArchivesSpace, overseeing best practices and standards, upgrades. Works with colleagues across the Libraries in training and implementation.
Serve as primary liaison regarding description and metadata with Digital Scholarship and Metadata Services staff in enhancing metadata, organizing incoming and unprocessed collections and creating finding aids across the department
Incorporate best practices for preservation and digital preservation into their work and training
Archival Collections Processing: 30%
Provide archival processing for manuscript materials using ArchivesSpace/XML
Provide processing support for collections, including training students and staff in archival processing best practices and methods
Collaborate actively with colleagues across the Libraries on the creation, access and preservation of online projects using special collections materials.
Acquisitions and Collection Development: 15%
In consultation with colleagues, acquires manuscript materials and published materials through gift and purchase. Participates in collection development discussions across all collecting areas.
Help to shape and refine collection development policy and digital collection development policy
Research Support/Outreach/Instruction: 15%
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 University’s teaching, research and learning endeavors through the use of Library’s collections
Present information in support of the University’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.
Professional Development and Service: 10%
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
Supervision of one Library Assistant; one grant-funded professional staff member and student assistants.
The University and the Library
The University of Rochester Libraries belongs to the Association of Research Libraries and has collections of more than three million volumes and more than 44,000 active serial titles. The River Campus Libraries, the largest of three library systems at the University of Rochester, is embarking upon a new strategic plan making this a very exciting time to join our organization and the University of Rochester. This provides a unique opportunity for incumbents to implement the strategies to achieve the Libraries vision of becoming a collaborative hub of innovation in support of the Schools we support. For more information on the University and the Libraries, please consult our website: www.library.rochester.edu.
The University of Rochester is the sixth largest private employer in New York State and one of the nation's leading private universities with just over 5,600 undergraduate and over 4,600 full and part-time graduate students on the River Campus. Located in Rochester, New York, the University gives students exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close collaboration with faculty through its unique cluster-based curriculum.
Among the 100 largest metropolitan regions in the country, Greater Rochester has earned a reputation as one of the most livable communities in the nation. Located on the southern shore of Lake Ontario and gateway to the scenic Finger Lakes, Rochester offers its 1.1 million residents the amenities of a metropolitan area with a quality of life not available in many urban regions.
Rochester is recognized as one of the most affordable housing markets in the country. Several high schools in the metropolitan area have been consistently listed by Newsweek as among the best in the country. The metropolitan area boasts 20,000 acres of parkland and offers year-round recreational opportunities for those who like to be outdoors in all seasons. In addition to hosting past PGA and Ryder cup tournaments and the LPGA tour, Rochester is also home to top-level minor league baseball, hockey, soccer, and lacrosse teams.
The University of Rochester Libraries belongs to the Association of Research Libraries and has collections of more than three million volumes and more than 44,000 active serial titles. The River Campus Libraries, the largest of three library systems at the University of Rochester, is in the process of embarking on a new strategic plan. This provides a unique opportunity for incumbents to implement... the strategies to achieve the Libraries vision of becoming a collaborative hub of innovation in support of the Schools we support. For more information on the University and the Libraries, please consult our website: www.library.rochester.edu.