Rare Books, Manuscripts and Digital Projects Librarian- Colgate University- Hamilton, NY

The Colgate University Libraries seek an enthusiastic and thoughtful individual to manage rare books, manuscripts, and other non-University Archives materials in the Special Collections and University Archives, including their development, organization, description, accessibility, digitization, preservation, promotion and assessment. Reporting to the Head of Special Collections and University Archivist, s/he engages in educational planning and instruction, reinforcing the significance of primary source materials as curricular resources, and explores the use of technology to advance teaching, learning and research with special collections materials. S/he manages the Libraries’ major digital projects involving Special Collections materials (student newspaper, yearbooks, alumni magazine, course catalogs, etc.) including digital outsourcing, quality control, preservation, and storage and creates and describes resources digitized locally.

Qualifications: An ALA-accredited master’s degree or an equivalent master’s degree.

A successful candidate will have the best combination of the following:

  • 2 years of experience working in a library, particularly at a liberal arts institution, or museum setting.

  • Knowledge of or experience with current practices related to the identification, access, control, organization, preservation, promotion and digitization of rare books and primary source materials, including metadata schemas, digital processes, digital preservation, institutional repositories, and open access initiatives.

  • Knowledge of the history of the book.

  • Experience providing high quality public service, providing information literacy instruction, and building strong patron relationships.

  • Digital project management and vendor experience.

  • Flexibility in adapting to changing departmental and organizational priorities and evolving technologies.

  • Demonstrated awareness of new modes of scholarship and instruction employing materials typically held in special collections and archives.

Additional information about Colgate University, the Colgate Libraries, and the full job description can be found at http://exlibris.colgate.edu/joinus.html

Candidates will need to upload a letter of application, curriculum vita, and provide email addresses for three references, including current supervisor. Official transcripts will be required of candidates selected for an on-campus interview.

Review of application materials will begin on May 13, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.

Colgate is a highly selective private liberal arts university located in Hamilton, NY, and is an EO/AA employer. Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student body further the university’s educational mission. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Applicants with dual career considerations can find postings of other employment opportunities at http://www.upstatenyherc.org

About John Pell

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

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