Assistant Librarian, Special Collections Department- University of Delaware- Newark, DE

DEADLINE: April 30, 2013

Description: Reporting to the Head, Special Collections Department, this position serves as the primary public services librarian in Special Collections. Responsibilities include: coordinating public service activities, providing reference service, coordinating reading room supervision and user services, providing user education and orientation for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and other researchers while maintaining regular communication with the Coordinator, Library Instruction in the Library Reference and Instructional Services Department, and supervision of one full-time non-exempt staff position and student assistants as needed. This position is responsible for coordination, planning, and installation of library exhibitions, including online exhibitions, and shares responsibility for curating exhibitions. Additional duties relating to manuscripts and other formats and collection development may be assigned as warranted. The successful applicant will also contribute to Special Collections efforts to expand access to its holdings through the Internet and other digital initiatives. The position provides an excellent opportunity for a creative and dynamic individual to lead the reference, instruction, and outreach programs of the Special Collections Department of the University of Delaware Library.

Qualifications: Required: ALA accredited graduate library degree. Experience in Special Collections with a library that has a research-level Special Collections. Knowledge of specialized reference sources for rare books, manuscripts, and archives. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to initiate, coordinate and conclude projects with efficiency, and to contribute to a team environment, within the Special Collections Department and within the Library. Preferred: Special Collections reference and public service experience in a research environment. Demonstrated ability to teach effectively; experience in curating onsite and online exhibitions; supervisory experience; familiarity with online bibliographic tools, technologies and Website design and creation.

General Information: The University of Delaware Library makes accessible a broad range of electronic resources, including over 42,000 electronic and print journals, over 360 databases and over 26,000 videos. Library collections which are broadly based and comprehensive include over 2.8 million volumes. The Library has 275 public access workstations, 200 laptop connections and wireless access. The Library is a Member of the Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, Council on Library and Information Resources, Digital Library Federation, OCLC Research Partnership and SPARC. The Library is an Affiliate member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) that promotes health information, education and/or access in the Mid-Atlantic Region which includes Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. More information about the Library is available at

The Special Collections Department at the University of Delaware Library includes books, manuscripts, maps, prints, photographs, broadsides, periodicals, pamphlets, ephemera, and realia from the fifteenth to the twenty-first century. Printed collections number more than 200,000 titles and manuscript collections span more than 5,000 linear feet. The collections complement the Universitya��s teaching programs and the Librarya��s general collections with particular strengths in the subject areas of the Arts; English, Irish, and American literature; history and Delawareana; horticulture; and the history of science and technology. The Department has an active exhibition program, is engaged in several ongoing Web-related activities, including online finding aids to manuscript and archival collections, online exhibitions, and digitization of selected collections. Additional information about the Special Collections Department is available online at:

Appointment: Expect to hire at the rank of Assistant Librarian (pay grade 29E).

Benefits: Vacation of 22 working days. Liberal sick leave. Generous flexible benefits program. TIAA-CREF or Fidelity retirement with 11% of salary contributed by the University. Tuition remission for dependents and course fee waiver for employee.

To Apply: Include cover letter and resume, along with the names and contact information of three employment references, in a single document, following University of Delaware application instructions at by April 30, 2013.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment. The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members and Women. The University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

Comments are closed.