Jobs for Medievalists

Position Opening: Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarian at Bridwell Library Special Collections

Job Summary:

The Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarian is responsible for interpreting Bridwell Library’s rare books, manuscripts, ephemera and artifacts through public service, instruction, outreach and exhibitions.

The position curates exhibitions utilizing materials found in the library’s special collections including early manuscripts, incunabula, Bible and other sacred texts, church history and theology, and the history of the book.

The position also ensures access to the special collections through enhancing catalog records, collection management, and security.

Essential Functions:

* Provide effective and strong public service to faculty, students, and other researchers through reference and consultation services, classroom presentations, and exhibition tours.

* Prepare exhibitions including formulating exhibit themes, selecting items, researching, writing and editing texts, and drafting appropriate publicity. Work collaboratively with other staff regarding exhibition items, content, installation timelines and website presentation.

* Update records for the library’s special collections holdings including enhanced bibliographic descriptions of early manuscripts and printed works. Produce effective finding aids for specific collections as needed.

* Responsible for security in Special Collections areas and the proper handling and orderly storage of collections in his/her care. Consult with other library staff on the physical condition of special collections materials, including possible treatments and/or enclosures for specific items.

* Provide input to the Head of Special Collections on evaluating possible new acquisitions and/or donations.

* Train and supervise student assistants who provide support in services related to rare books and manuscripts.

* Responsible for collecting and reporting statistical data related to special collections.

* Collaborate with other Bridwell Library staff on areas related to public service and collection access.

* Keep abreast of national trends related to special collections by actively participating in professional development.

Education and Experience:
Master’s degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited program is required. Subject expertise in an area relevant to the collection is preferred.

A minimum of three years professional library experience, with at least two years working in special collections, is required. Experience in public service is also required.

Experience in preparing exhibitions is preferred. Experience in cataloging rare books is desirable.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Candidate must demonstrate a working knowledge of bibliography, book history and the book arts. Must also possess a working knowledge of at least one the following languages: German, French, Spanish, Latin, Hebrew or Greek.

Experience with OCLC and an online cataloging system is desirable.

Working knowledge of MARC, DCRM, RDA and rare book cataloging principles is a plus.

Candidate must demonstrate strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills to effectively communicate with a wide range of constituencies.

Must also demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing.

A strong customer service orientation is essential.

Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to think collaboratively, strategically and creatively. Must also possess a commitment to professional development.

Candidate must possess strong time management, organizational and planning skills. Must also possess a strong focus on attention to detail. Strong project management skills are essential.

Candidate must demonstrate strong presentation skills with the ability to present clear and accurate information to small and large groups.

Must also demonstrate the ability to work independently, as well as part of a team.

Physical/Environmental Demands:

The position includes the ability to bend, reach above shoulders, handle objects (dexterity), push/pull, carry/lift 25-50 lbs. and sit for long periods of time.

Priority Consideration Date:

Priority consideration may be given to submissions received by December 14, 2015.

Deadline to Apply:

The position is open until filled.

To Apply: Please visit our website to access the online application. Click on Staff Career Opportunities and apply to Job ID#: 900883.

For full consideration a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three current professional references is required.  All documents should be combined into one document and uploaded as the applicant’s resume on the online application for this position.

Southern Methodist University is a nationally ranked private university in Dallas with seven degree-granting schools and approximately 11,000 students. SMU is a distinguished center for teaching and research located in a culturally rich city with a diverse population.

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