Rutgers University Libraries seeks an enthusiastic and innovative librarian to fill our Rare Books Assessment Librarian position for Rutgers New Brunswick Special Collectrions and Univerity Archives. The Rare Books Assessment Librarian is responsible for acquisition, curation, and stewardship of over 53,000 books, pamphlets, pamphlets and broadsides covering materials as diverse as fifteenth-century cookbooks, nineteenth-century broadsides documenting the flight from slavery, and twenty-first century artists’ books. This position reports to the Associate Director of Special Collections and University Archives. This position's primary roles will be to provide access to the rare books collection and to assess and improve its value and utility to the scholarly and pedagogical mission of the university. The successful candidate will bring a progressive, flexible, and creative approach to this work and must demonstrate a commitment to development through librarianship and service. Develops recommendations for accession and deaccession of holdings and suggests roadmap for future of collection. Develops appropriate policies and procedures for rare books and provide reference services and instruction as needed. This is a full-time, one-year position and may be renewed. Performs related duties as assigned.
The Rare Books Assessment Librarian will:
Participate in activities of the special collections department.
Provide reference assistance and access to special and non-circulating collections for library patrons, in person and remotely.
Assess the rare book collection in light of pedagogical and scholarly needs and the overall mission of the library and the university. Examine ways to diversify the collection to include more voices. Develop recommendations for future direction and focus, acquisitions and space needs. Write a final comprehensive report describing the current and potential value of the rare book collection and program to the overall mission of the library and the university. The report will include recommendations for future direction and focus, acquisitions, staffing, funding level, and space needs.
Carry out normal ongoing duties of acquisition, curation, and stewardship of rare books and related holdings. Contribute to the ongoing development and assessment of discovery and access tools.
Provide instruction on rare books holdings; prepare and lead hands-on instruction sessions and collaborate with faculty on assignment/ design and learning outcomes for students in a variety of fields.
Engage in outreach to raise awareness of the rare book collection with constituents —faculty, outside scholars, other library staff, students to promote use of holdings their research and teaching. As a member of the Libraries instruction team, promote best practices for primary source pedagogy;
Work with Associate Director of SC/UA to cultivate donor relations by meeting with donors and providing expertise for donor discussions.
Contribute to departmental assessment initiatives.
Identify and pursue opportunities for the SC/UA to support education, reconciliation, restoration, and cultural transformation with regard to bias and discrimination against any group or people, including racism in all its forms.
Be a supportive, collaborative, and contributing member of the SC/UA and Library-wide committees as appropriate.
Requirements: ALA accredited Master's degree. At least five years’ experience as a rare books library professional. A reading knowledge of Italian, French, German, or Latin. Thorough knowledge of professional theory and best practices in managing, collecting, organizing, and preserving rare books and special collections; knowledge of book history and book arts. Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office products/applications. Knowledge of ethical and legal concerns (including copyright) affecting acquisition, management, and access to rare book holdings and digital collections. Demonstrated oral and written communication skills. Managing a collection of this size and scope will also require physically engaging with the collection, including climbing, lifting, and ladders/step stools. Must be able to lift 40 pounds. Visa sponsorship not available for this position.
Previous experience in an academic library setting
Experience teaching with rare books
Posting Number: 21FA0275
Location: College Ave (RU-New Brunswick)
Internal Number: 128209
About Rutgers University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.