Curator of Rare Books

The University of Iowa Libraries seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented librarian to serve as Curator of Rare Books, with a particular focus on the history of the book and book arts.

Entidad: University of Iowa Libraries.
Lugar: Iowa City (Washington ).
Plazas: 1.

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science.
  • Two years of professional experience working in a special collections environment, including the physical handling of rare books, archival collections, and/or works on paper.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team-based setting where consultation, flexibility, collaboration and cooperation are essential.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community.

Requisitos deseables :
  • Classwork, certification(s), concentration(s), or additional degree(s) in special collections, archives, book arts, and/or history of the book.
  • Experience interacting with rare book dealers and/or book artists.
  • Ability to build and sustain key relationships with donors, researchers, faculty, students, staff, community and/or professional colleagues.
  • Basic understanding of metadata standards and schemas for describing rare books and/or archives.
  • Familiarity with Aeon and/or ArchivesSpace.
  • Bibliographic knowledge of one or more languages in addition to English.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the mission of a research university and the mission and functions of a large research library.
Funciones :
  • Curate rare book collections, especially those focused on the history of the book and book arts, and manuscript collections focused on the same.
  • Explore new areas for collection development and expand on existing collection strengths, working in close coordination with other Special Collections staff and colleagues across the University.
  • Represent the department in collection development work, including work with donors and prospective donors, as well as the antiquarian book trade.
  • Provide instruction and assistance to undergraduate, graduate, and community classes and promote use of special collections and archival material in the curriculum.
  • Support day-to-day operations in the department, including serving at the reference desk in the reading room. Provide reference services via phone, email, and in person on a variety of topics.
  • Collaborate with colleagues working in areas of collection development, archival and manuscript processing, rare books cataloging, preservation, digitization, and instruction.
  • Assist with physical and digital exhibits, events and programs.
  • Contribute to department-level planning and the formulation of new policies and procedures.
  • Keep abreast of developments in special collections standards and trends, applying new rules, interpretations, and techniques as appropriate.
  • Contribute to the profession through service, research, publishing, and/or teaching.
  • Participate in and contribute to relevant library and University-wide activities and committees.
  • Additional job duties as assigned based on individual knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Candidaturas : Se requiere CV y carta de presentación.
Plazos: Hasta el 2 de enero de 2009.
Información y contacto:

Salario : $50,000 – $65,000.
Fuente: RBMS. Rare Books and Manuscripts Section.

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