The successful candidate will be a forward thinking leader who is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the changing nature of librarianship and the implications for special collections. The curator will provide leadership and strategic vision by blending traditional and innovative academic library practices that integrate special collections content and services with the teaching, learning, and research missions of this multidisciplinary institution.
Our special collections are noted for the depth of our rare book holdings in anatomy, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, dentistry, surgery, yellow fever, and cholera. We are the home of the Edward C. Atwater Collection of American Popular Medicine, one of the largest and most significant collections of its kind.
The incumbent will expand interactions with divisions like Medical Humanities and Bioethics. Located in close proximity to Miner and the medical school, the division’s richly interdisciplinary concentration is ripe with opportunities.
As curator, you will enjoy the camaraderie and support of a strong community of practice across the city and the University of Rochester. Sibley Music Library in the Eastman School of Music and River Campus Libraries also house significant rare books and special collections.
POSITION SUMMARY STATEMENT
The curator leads efforts to acquire, preserve, and provide access to rare and unique materials in the fields of medical, dental, and nursing history. The successful incumbent articulates a compelling vision for the value of rare books, special collections, and archives in advanced research, classroom teaching, and broader community engagement.
With a flexible and pioneering approach, the curator develops and implements strategies, technologies, and standards that facilitate access to rare and unique holdings. This includes the development of finding aids and the creation of digital projects, exhibitions, and innovative programming.
This position reports to the director of the Miner Libraries. The curator appreciates opportunities to work with the director and others on advancement and donor relations.
MLS from an ALA-accredited institution, with concentration or coursework in special collections librarianship or archival administration, or other advanced degree in an appropriate field.
Two or more years experience in a library, archives, or historical/cultural setting.
A reading knowledge of Latin and at least one modern European language.
A knowledge of the principles of archival organization and experience in processing record groups and manuscript collections.
Strong written and oral communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
Knowledge of professional theory and best practices in managing, collecting, organizing, and preserving rare books, archival collections, and special collections.
Knowledge of applying new and emerging practices in cultural heritage technologies to special collections, and experience with digital scholarship initiatives.
A background or interest in the history of western medicine.
Knowledge of ethical and legal concerns (including copyright) affecting acquisition, management, and access to archival holdings and digital collections.
Demonstrated success in fundraising, including grant writing and donor relations.
Relevant coursework and/or Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) certificate. Familiarity with varying digital formats and types of metadata.
Working knowledge of one or more European languages.
Project management skills and experience.
Understanding of analytic and descriptive bibliography
The ability to catalog published materials, and to process archival collections or to oversee that process.
An additional advanced degree in a relevant discipline.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive salary is commensurate with education and experience. The University of Rochester offers comprehensive benefits; choice of retirement programs, including TIAA; paid vacation and seven calendar holidays as well as tuition benefits.
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Job Opening ID #211268
•Position will remain open until filled.
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Internal Number: 211268
About University of Rochester Medical Center
The University of Rochester is the largest employer in the Greater Rochester area, sixth largest private employer in New York State, and one of the nation's leading private research universities. More than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled at UR Located in Rochester, New York. Among the 100 largest metropolitan regions in the country, Greater Rochester has earned a reputation as one of the most livable communities in the nation. Located on the southern shore of Lake Ontario and gateway to the scenic Finger Lakes, Rochester offers its 1.1 million residents the amenities of a metropolitan area with a quality of life not available in many urban regions. This lively metropolitan area boasts 20,000 acres of parkland and offers year-round recreational opportunities for those who like to be outdoors in all seasons. Rochester is the home to a variety of world class, performing arts, fine arts, museums and cultural festivals. Several high schools in the greater Rochester area have been consistently listed by Newsweek as among the best in the country. Rochester is also recognized as one of the most affordable housing markets in the country.