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University of Rochester Special Collections Librarian - 235074 in Rochester, New York

Special Collections Librarian Job ID 235074

Location Central Administration Full/Part Time Full-Time Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Regular Opening

Full Time 40 hours Grade 000 Rare Bks, Spcl Collctns & Pres



The River Campus Libraries (RCL) Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation (RBSCP) is looking to hire a collaborative ¿ and community-focused librarian. We are seeking applications from early-career individuals for our reimagined Special Collections Librarian position. Reporting to the Assistant Director, the successful candidate will be someone who can help the Department to build relationships, learning opportunities, and collections in new and exciting ways. RBSCP is a vibrant research and learning space. We are looking for individuals who have the enthusiasm and curiosity necessary to make our collections richer and more widely k nown and who are interested in actively exploring ways to remove the barriers to special collections .

This position has two principal components:

  • Engagement: Building awareness and use of primary source materials through instruction, research, events, workshops, collaborative projects, and digital scholarship. The Special Collections Librarian will collaborate with RCL’s liaison librarians to empower faculty and students at the University of Rochester to engage with and create new knowledge from rare and unique materials. This part of the position is very outward focused on relationship building and collaborations across the Library, University, and the City of Rochester.

  • Curatorial Responsibility: The Special Collections Librarian will assume primary curatorial responsibility for specific collecting areas within Special Collections. The collecting areas will be based on the needs of the department and the interest and experience of the successful candidate. Curatorial responsibility includes acquiring new material for RBSCP collections, through purchase and donation, providing meaningful reference services for these collections to a broad range of researchers, and supporting exhibits and social media campaigns that involve the collections.


    Curatorial responsibilities

  • Provide meaningful, in-depth reference and consultation services to a diverse community of onsite and offsite users during regularly scheduled hours, including some weekends.

  • In consultation with colleagues and independently, acquire published and manuscript materials through gift and purchase and participate in collection development discussions.

  • Collaborate with the Assistant Director and Public Services Section Supervisor on the creation of content for social media across a range of platforms.

  • Collaborate with the Exhibits Manager to curate and co-curate exhibitions and events and activities supporting exhibitions.

    Instruction and Outreach:

  • Independently, and in collaboration with colleagues, helps bolster the department’s instruction and outreach initiatives.

  • Develop discipline-specific research instruction, engage new audiences, and increase support for the integration of special collections into undergraduate and graduate curricula.

  • Collaborate with RCL’s liaison librarians and other staff who teach to develop innovative teaching strategies using primary source materials and information technologies.

  • Collaborate on the planning, publicity, and execution of events in the department and across the library, including tours and other programming that highlights RBSCP’s collections.

  • Build and maintain relationships with individuals and organizations in the Rochester community, including donors, potential donors, partners, and collaborators.

    Administrative responsibilities

  • Contributes to policies, procedures, and workflows of day-to-day operations in the department, including research services, reference, instruction, acquisitions, cataloging, and reproductions. Works to ensure seamless experiences for users and staff.

  • Create and collect research, learning, and outreach metrics and statistics for RBSCP, producing regular reports and contributing to Libraries-wide data gathering and assessment programs.

    Professional development

  • Maintain currency with library functions, resources, practices, and procedures in the areas of outreach and instruction, especially as they relate to integrating primary source literacy into the curricula.

  • Participate in and contribute toward RCL and University committees, meetings, and events.

  • Maintain professional collaborations with RCL colleagues and other campus constituencies.

  • Contribute to the profession through active participation in conferences, associations, research, writing, etc.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program in library, information, or archival science or a Master’s degree in a related field required.

  • Professional experience in a research library environment preferred.

  • Proven effectiveness working with students, faculty, and researchers preferred.

  • Understanding of the nature and value of primary materials for learning, teaching, research, and outreach required.

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion required.

  • Experience working with local history and/or social justice-related special collections preferred.

  • Thorough knowledge of professional theory and best practices in managing, collecting, organizing, and preserving rare books, archival collections, and special collections required.

    How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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