Special Collections Librarian/Archivist for Discovery & Access
The River Campus Libraries (RCL) Department of Rare Books, Special Collections seeks a dynamic discovery and access-focused librarian/archivist to provide leadership, coordination, and oversight for the accessioning, arrangement, description, and management of Special Collections materials across all collecting areas. Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Special Collections and Preservation, the Special Collections Librarian/Archivist for Discovery and Access is part of a collaborative team that provides vision and leadership for the continued development and use of rare and unique materials in research, instruction, exhibitions, collaborative projects, digital scholarship, and in other contexts.
The successful candidate will oversee the department’s Archives Space instance and will have primary responsibility for the implementation of best practices for archival processing within the department. Working closely with colleagues across the Libraries, the successful candidate will take a lead role in archival processing and training others in archival processing within the department.
The candidate will also have some curatorial responsibility for specific collecting areas within Special Collections, and will develop expertise and knowledge in these areas and across the collections. The specific collection areas assigned may be based in part on the current strengths of the candidate; the successful candidate will have a demonstrated interest in and ability to engage in new topics.
Collections areas of strength and focus include, but are not limited to local history and culture (Western NY/Rochester); Abolition (including papers of Frederick Douglass), Women’s Suffrage (including papers of Susan B. Anthony and other important suffrage pioneers), 19th and 20th c. political collections (including the papers of William Henry Seward and Thomas E. Dewey), modern literature and literary collections (including the papers of John A. Williams and John Gardner); human rights and social justice collections; HIV/AIDS education; religion/interfaith collections; the history of science/optics/xerography; history of photography (including the Eastman Kodak Historic Collection), American and British theater, and more. See our A-Z list of manuscript collections here: http://rbscp.lib.rochester.edu/mssalpha and our Collection Development and Management Policy here: http://rbscp.lib.rochester.edu/collectiondevelopment
The libraries are committed to providing expert research assistance, increasing access to digital and physical resources, and developing technology-enriched spaces.
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