The University of Virginia Library seeks a Curator/Americana Specialist for the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.
Under the general guidance and supervision of the Director of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, the Curator will provide leadership for and general oversight to overall collection development activities, while working collaboratively with established area specialists.
The Curator will give primary attention to collection development, building on existing collection strengths, with an eye to new and innovative possibilities, engaging with faculty in matters related to collection development priorities and initiatives, and managing and promoting relationships with donors and with members of the book and manuscript trade, to further the development of the collections. The Curator also will work with the Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture, and beyond, to develop, sponsor or otherwise support conferences, institutes, symposia, master classes, fellowships, and other public programs based on the Library's areas of collection strength.
The Curator also will: play a key role in defining the direction of the Small Library's digital library collections; collaborate with the Head of Outreach and Instruction to support instructional use of the collections; contribute to the Library's regular schedule of exhibitions; provide specialized reference and research services to faculty, students, and the general research public; and contribute to planning and administering grant-funded projects to support the Library's priority operations and services.
He/she may also supervise and train staff at all levels, including Library faculty and staff, as well as student assistants, interns, and volunteers.
- Master's Degree in a core field of American studies (history or literature preferred), with broad, inter-disciplinary perspective, a substantial record of publication, and a demonstrated commitment to ongoing scholarly growth. Completed Ph.D. strongly preferred. ALA-accredited MLS (MLIS) and/or Masters in archival theory and practice desirable.
- At least 2 years relevant work experience in a library special collections or archive, including experience with the antiquarian book and manuscript trade and/or experience in selection and management of manuscripts or archival collections.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a strong service and collegial, team-focused orientation, and ability to work with a wide range of individuals, including university faculty, students & staff, visiting scholars, and donors. Supervisory experience preferred.
- Demonstrated awareness of new modes of scholarship and instruction employing materials typically held in special collections and archives.
- Excellent organizational skills, to oversee an extensive program of acquisitions and donor relations, and to manage programs and bring projects to completion.
- Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development, and potential to meet the library's promotion requirements.
To Apply: Applicants must apply through the University of Virginia online employment website at https://jobs.virginia.edu/Search by posting number 0606818.
For assistance with this process call (434) 243-8636.
The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer strongly committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity.
The University actively encourages applications and nominations from members of underrepresented groups.
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