Assistant Curator, Rare Books and Manuscripts

Connecticut, United States
30 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
30 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

The Assistant Curator is responsible for the development, promotion, interpretation and use of the Rare Book and Manuscript collections of the Yale Center for British Art, in support of research and teaching.

Essential Duties

1. Responsible for the development, promotion, interpretation and use of the Rare Book and Manuscript collections of the Yale Center for British Art, in support of research and teaching. 2. Working closely with the Chief Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, the Assistant Curator writes and publishes on the collections, teaches from objects in the collection, and inspires scholars and other patrons through publications and exhibitions, including creative programming and outreach initiatives through social media and the Center’s online presence. Participates in acquisitions process and building the collections through gift and purchase; works with the Chief Curator on donor relations. 3. Contributes to the scholarly access of collections through research, reference work, cataloging, exhibitions, and collection development. 4. In conjunction with the Chief Curator, works on the planning, development, research, and installation of exhibitions. Coordinates exhibition logistics with relevant departments including Conservation, Exhibitions and Publications, Registration, Imaging Services, and External Affairs to ensure proper care, handling, and display for both incoming and outgoing loans of rare books and manuscripts. 5. Collaborates with the Senior Catalogue Librarian on activities related to cataloging manuscripts, ephemera, and archival collections in all formats including the intellectual arrangement, interpretation and description per archival best practices culminating in the creation of online finding aids using EAD/XML and MARC-format catalog records. 6. Manages and implements the systematic digitization of ephemera, manuscript and archival collections to increase the department's on-line presence. Supervises the Senior Curatorial Assistant responsible for managing the imaging queue and orders from patrons, and student workers who are involved with scanning projects. 7. Collaborates with departments of Imaging and Collections Information and Access, developing strategies for integrating digital access to rare book and manuscript collections with art collections. 8. Coordinates of conservation projects between the Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts and conservators, selecting objects for repair, determining conservation priorities. Maintains conservation database. 9. Writes and publishes in areas related to the collection and topics of personal interest. Will contribute to activities and projects outside of the department through service on museum, library and university committee and working groups. 10. Participates in national professional organizations supporting special collections librarianship.

Required Education and Experience

Master’s degree in Library Science; or Humanities subject (e.g. History, English, American Studies, or Art History) and one year of experience including exhibition organization, scholarly research and publication or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Demonstrated knowledge of all facets of rare book librarianship including archival practice and theory, history of the book, the antiquarian book trade, conservation and preservation best practices.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Familiarity with best practices and procedures for acquiring, organizing, describing, preserving, digitizing and making accessible special collection materials including rare books, manuscripts, archives, ephemera, art illustration, and digital assets.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Previous ability with planning and managing exhibitions, teaching classes, and other collection- related public programs.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Excellent oral and written communication skills with demonstrated attention to detail. Strong analytic, organizational, and problem solving skills. Supervisory ability.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Demonstrated knowledge and awareness of current trends in digitization of rare and unique original research materials and use of metadata formats. Previous ability with ArchivesSpace or other collection, archive and library management systems.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

ALA-accredited master's degree in library and information science with formal training in archival theory and practice. Three years’ experience in an academic library.

Background Check Requirements

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Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

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