The Colgate University Libraries seek a collaborative, thoughtful, and forward-thinking individual to fill the position of Special Collections Librarian. Reporting to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, the Special Collections Librarian manages rare books and other printed materials, literary manuscript collections, early manuscripts, and ephemera collections in the Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), including their development, organization, description, accessibility, digitization, preservation, promotion, and assessment. The Special Collections Librarian engages in educational planning and instruction, reinforcing the significance of rare books and primary source materials as curricular resources, and explores the use of technology to advance teaching, learning and research with special collections materials. This position coordinates the Libraries’ digitization projects involving SCUA materials including digital outsourcing, quality control, preservation, and storage, and participates in digital preservation planning and workflows.
Additional information about Colgate University, the Colgate University Libraries, and the full job description and qualifications can be found at http://cul.colgate.edu/joinus
Application instructions can be found at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/15596 Candidates will need to upload a letter of application, curriculum vita, and provide email addresses for three professional references. Colgate strives to be a community supportive of diverse perspectives and identities. Candidates should describe in their letter of application how their approach to teaching, scholarship, and/or professional service might support the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Official transcripts will be required of candidates selected for an on-campus interview.
Review of application materials will begin on January 6, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. Colgate University is a highly selective liberal arts university of 2900 students situated in central New York state. It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Applicants with dual-career considerations can find postings of other employment opportunities at Colgate and at other institutions of higher education in upstate New York at www.upstatenyherc.org.
An ALA-accredited master’s degree or an equivalent international degree (or expected completion of degree within one academic term of hiring date).
A passion for rare books and knowledge of the history of the book.
Knowledge of current practices related to the organization and preservation of rare books and primary source materials.
User-centered service orientation with the ability to provide responsive and innovative services in support of learning, teaching, and research.
Ability to manage projects and a willingness to seek creative solutions to challenges.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively with a variety of colleagues in a rapidly changing environment.
2 or more years of professional experience in rare books.
Knowledge of current cataloging and metadata rules and standards (for example, DCRM(B), AACR2, LCSH, MARC21, RDA, MODS, or METS).
Knowledge of current practices and standards related to the digitization of rare books and primary source materials.
An ability to train others in the organization and preservation of rare books and primary source materials.
Experience in planning and implementing exhibits.
Experience providing high quality public service, providing instruction, and building patron relationships.
Demonstrated awareness of new modes of scholarship and instruction employing materials typically held in special collections and archives.
Reading knowledge of at least one non-English European language, preferably Spanish, French, or Latin.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About Colgate University
Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by academic excellence and interdisciplinary inquiry. Located on a beautiful campus in upstate New York, Colgate takes pride in the active engagement of its students and faculty in local, national, and global communities.