Special Collections Librarian – Colgate University Libraries – Hamilton, NY

The Colgate University Libraries seek an enthusiastic and thoughtful individual to manage rare books and other printed materials, literary manuscript collections, early manuscripts, and ephemera collections in the Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), 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 coordinates 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 resou rces 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 or museum setting. Experience working at a small, liberal arts institution is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of and/or working experience with current cataloging and metadata rules and standards, such as DCRM(B), AACR2, LCSH, MARC21, RDA, Dublin Core, MODS, METS, PREMIS.
  • Knowledge of or experience with current practices related to the organization and preservation of rare books and primary source materials.
  • Knowledge of or experience with best practices and standards related to the digitization of rare books and primary source materials, including metadata schemas, digitization, digital preservation, digital collections management software, and Web publishing and blogging platforms (such as Omeka, WordPress and Tumblr).
  • Knowledge of the history of the book.
  • Experience providing high quality public service, providing instruction, and building strong patron relationships.
  • Digital project management and vendor relations experience.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate clearly in presentations. Strong interpersonal communication skills that promote consultation and collaboration.
  • Ability to set priorities, manage work, and meet deadlines independently and collaboratively and excel in a dynamic team environment.
  • Flexibility in adapting to changing departmental and organizational priorities and evolving technologies.

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

Application instructions can be found at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/3975
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 5, 2014. Application materials received by that date will receive first consideration.

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 candidates from historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

About John Pell

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

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