Curator of Rare Books
The Smith College Libraries are extremely proud of their broad teaching and research collection of 46,000 rare books and manuscripts, spanning over four thousand years of civilization, from cuneiform tablets to modern artists’ books. Smith College seeks a dynamic and versatile Curator of Rare Books to lead this extraordinary collection into the twenty-first century by expanding Smith’s long tradition of teaching with primary resources and diversifying the collection in accordance with the current needs of Smith’s mission, faculty, and curriculum. The new Curator of Rare Books also will have the unique opportunity to collaborate with colleagues to envision a new special collections facility within the new Neilson Library designed by Maya Lin. This professional position offers countless opportunities to collaborate in inventive ways with other teaching librarians, special collections staff, digital specialists, the talented local book arts community, and generous alumnae to create vibrant educational programs and far-reaching digital humanities projects.
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