Detailed Job Description
The Miami University Libraries seeks an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, proactive and service oriented librarian for the Walter Havighurst Special Collections. Reporting to the Head of Special Collections and Archives, the Curator of Special Collections/Assistant Librarian will foster engagement with the collections, develop relationships with researchers, promote the collections among academic faculty, coordinate instruction in the use of departmental primary resources and participate broadly in departmental services and outreach.
The Curator of Special Collections/Assistant Librarian has primary responsibility for supervision of reading room services and general research assistance. This includes consulting with researchers, from both within and outside the University, to identify and recommend relevant resources; assisting with requests for reproductions and permission to publish; tracking and assessing research services; and collaborating with colleagues within and outside the department to provide the best possible research service.
To continue to grow and develop the Special Collections instructional program, the Curator of Special Collections/Assistant Librarian will promote opportunities for primary resource instruction to appropriate faculty and departments; work with interested faculty to develop learning objectives and tools for their students; assess the effectiveness and work to improve instructional services; and collaborate with other instruction librarians to co-teach whenever appropriate.
The Curator of Special Collections/Assistant Librarian assists the Head as needed and collaborates in other departmental activities, which may include the development of digital collections, donor relations, the creation of exhibits and exhibit catalogs, event planning, collection development, and/or book cataloging. The Curator of Special Collections/Assistant Librarian works closely with the senior paraprofessional and other librarians in the department and may supervise student employees. All librarians are expected to serve on library committees, support library goals and be active professionally.
A graduate degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited institution; formal coursework or training in rare books, special collections librarianship, and/or history of the book; ability to meet the Miami University criteria for advancement and promotion of librarians as outlined in the Libraries Appointment, Rank and Promotion System (LARPS); training and/or experience providing reference or research assistance in an academic library; training and/or experience providing instruction in primary resources, special collections and/or archives; ability to work effectively in a customer service oriented environment; ability to work effectively as a team member to produce targeted outcomes; ability to work independently and prioritize work to ensure that goals are realized; demonstrated strength in written and verbal communication in English.
Experience in reading room supervision, research services, and/or instruction in a special collections or archives setting; reading knowledge of Latin and/or at least one modern language, preferably German, Russian, Spanish and/or French; a second master's in a relevant academic discipline; training and/or experience cataloging rare books and/or other special collections materials using Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Books and relevant specialized thesauri.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants will be asked to submit letter of application, resume and name and contact information of three professional references when applying to this position.
The Walter Havighurst Special Collections includes rare books, notable subject collections, manuscripts and media collections. The department is working to make collections accessible online.