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The Curator of Rare Books is responsible for stewardship and promotion of the Washington University Libraries’ Rare Books collections. Under the direction of the Head of Curation for Special Collections, this position oversees the collection development, access/use, reference/instruction, and outreach for the Rare Books collection. The Curator works closely with library staff, faculty, and students to promote the accessibility and use of special collections for teaching, learning, and scholarship.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Working with the Head of Curation for Special Collections, the Curator engages in collection development activities including establishing and maintaining a collection development policy in coordination with acquiring new collections, both purchased and donated, which fall within designated collecting areas, and cultivates relationships with potential donors.
The Curator manages access to the collection by providing in depth reference and instructional sessions. He/she gives presentations related to the collection as well as works with the curatorial team to evaluate and establish access and use policies, ensuring copyright provisions are upheld. The Curator works with Special Collections staff to create plans for processing, cataloging, preserving, and digitizing collection materials based on professional best practices.
The Curator promotes the collection and engages the community at large through various outreach initiatives and activities including, but not limited to film screenings, speakers, panel discussions, teacher workshops/seminars, and exhibitions. Working closely with the Curator of Exhibitions, the Curator plans for both physical and digital exhibitions.
The Curator seeks to improve efficiency by pursuing grant funding and strategic partnerships for the area of activities described above.
Master's degree in relevant field.
At least three to five years experience in rare books collection, research, management, and development.
Demonstrated knowledge of bibliography, book history, and the book arts.
Experience working effectively and collaboratively with donors, collectors, and scholars.
Ability to work effectively with a culturally diverse population of staff, faculty, students, community members, and new audiences.
Ability to work with non-English languages and non-Roman alphabets.
Familiarity with the antiquarian rare book and manuscript trade.
Familiarity with best practices and procedures for acquiring, organizing, describing, preserving, digitizing, and making accessible special collection materials, including rare books, manuscripts, archives, art, illustration, and digital assets, among other formats.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills. A demonstrated ability to speak with authority and enthusiasm on critical issues within special collections.
Knowledge of intellectual property issues related to archives, libraries, and special collections and copyright issues associated with print and digital technologies.
Knowledge of library preservation and conservation issues and practices.
Ability to work in a team environment.
Ability to lift 40 lbs.
Weeknight and weekends hours.
Ability to travel to on- and off-campus locations.
Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible.
Experience teaching and interpreting rare books in an academic setting, integrating collections into formal curriculum and informal learning opportunities, including an understanding of how print materials fit into digital scholarship.
Retirement Savings Plan
22 vacation days
8 Paid Holidays
Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children
Free Metro Link/ Bus pass
Free Life Insurance
Health, Dental, Vision
Health Savings Accounts (HSA)
Long Term Disability Insurance
Flex Spending Plan
Human Resources website (hr.wustl.edu)
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Olin Library. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
The hiring range for this position is $49,881 - $64,837 annually.
Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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