Assistant Curator of Manuscripts – Louisiana State University

Job Posting Title:
Assistant Curator of Manuscripts

Position Type:

LSUAM Lib – TI – Public and Research Services (Gina Raye Costello (00011711) (Inherited))

Work Location:
LSU – Baton Rouge

Pay Grade:

The Assistant Curator of Manuscripts acquires archival materials for the Louisiana & Lower Mississippi Valley Collection and other archival materials as appropriate through donation or purchase; collaborates with others to prioritize processing, accomplish digitization, & set collection policies; provides regularly scheduled reference service; promotes use of & provides support and instruction in use of collections; in consultation with Associate Dean for Special Collections manages acquisitions budgets & externally acquired funds; prepares and manages grants; participates in overall management of Special Collections.

Job Responsibilities

•50% Conducts collection development, acquisitions & donor relations for the archival materials of the LLLMVC; appraises collections for research value; provides curatorial oversight & management of these collections (analog and digital); documents essential management information about the provenance & transfer of ownership to the LSU Libraries of donations & purchases; collaborates with other staff to to identify candidates for digitization; administers LLMVC collection development policy with Associate Dean of Special Collections and Assistant Curator of Books.
•20% Provides regularly scheduled public service in Special Collections; develops instructional materials including subject guides; provides instruction and outreach to classes and the general public; as appropriate, assists with the preparation of exhibitions based on Special Collections materials.
•15% Participates in the overall management of Special Collections, including setting policies and procedures; strategic planning; development activities; preparation of reports, statistics, grant applications, publicity, etc; and other duties as assigned.
•15% Works to meet tenure and promotion requirements.

Minimum Qualifications

•Masters in Library Science from an ALA-accredited library school or other relevant masters degree.
•3 years experience in an archives or special collections setting
•Demonstrated knowledge of archival theory & practice, national & international standards, & best practices for appraisal, acquisition, preservation, processing, and provision of access to archival materials; excellent communication & interpersonal skills; demonstrated organizational, planning, project (see below*)

Preferred Qualifications

•Demonstrated knowledge of & experience acquiring, managing, or processing congressional or born-digital collections; demonstrated experience conducting donor relations; knowledge of Louisiana and American history (particularly the American South) and related disciplines and research methodologies; (see below^)

Special or Physical Qualifications

•Ability and willingness to lift 30 pounds. Must possess a valid Driver’s License and be able to travel independently.
•*(cont’d required) management; familiarity with online and print research materials and methodologies; knowledge of relevant emerging technologies.
•^ (cont’d preferred) experience providing reference service in an archives or special collections setting; knowledge of archival management systems; reading competency in French and/or Spanish.

Additional Job Description:

Special Instructions:
A copy of your transcript(s) may be attached to your application (if available). However, original transcripts are required prior to hire. Please provide three professional references including name, title, phone number and e-mail address.

Posting Date:
June 12, 2017

Closing Date (Open Until Filled if No Date Specified):

Additional Position Information:
Background Check – An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.

Benefits – LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; various leave options; paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption for qualified positions; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more!

Essential Position (Y/N):

EEO Statement:
LSU is committed to diversity and is an equal opportunity / equal access employer.

HCM Contact Information:
Questions or concerns can be directed to the LSU Human Resources Management Office at 225-578-8200 or emailed

Job posting:—Baton-Rouge/Assistant-Curator-of-Manuscripts_R00000503-1

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