The Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library seeks a knowledgeable, creative, and collaborative individual for the position Curator of Avery Classics. Reporting to the Avery Library Director, the Curator will provide leadership and administration for collection development and resource management of the Avery Classics (rare books) collection. The Curator will develop and conduct reference and instruction service programs related to the collection, and coordinate development of public programs and digital projects for Avery special collections.
Collection development & management
With the Director, the Avery Classics Curator sets the collection development policy and establishes collecting priorities. The Curator manages the Avery Classics acquisitions funds, selects and purchases new materials for the collection. The Curator oversees management of Avery Classics collection of more than 40,000 rare books including:
- On-site stack maintenance and responsibility for the security and environmental controls of Avery Classics on-site storage facilities.
- Supervises one full-time rare books clerical assistant, and occasional grant-supported staff, students and/or interns.
- Coordinates movement of collection materials to and from ReCAP (CUL's remote storage facility) in collaboration with Avery's Head of Access Services.
- Coordinates rare materials cataloging with CUL's Bibliographic Services and Collection Development Group (BSCDG).
- Coordinates conservation and preservation of Avery Classics materials in collaboration with Preservation staff.
Awareness, outreach & instruction
Leads efforts to promote and expand the use of Avery Classics through awareness, outreach and instructional activities. Participates in programs and services offered through the Avery Library reference and instruction team.
- Develops exhibitions, public programs, publications and digital projects to promote awareness and use of the Avery Classics collection.
- Works closely with faculty to build an instructional services program for Avery Classics with particular emphasis on service to the teaching and research programs of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) and the Department of Art History and Archaeology.
- Responsible for on-site and remote assistance for the Avery Classics collection, and responds to requests for reprographic services, permission to publish, and loans to exhibitions.
- Participates in the Avery Library reference services.
Digital programs coordination
Works with the Library Director to envision, develop and coordinate digital projects program based primarily on the holdings of Avery special collections. The Curator will participate in expanding existing projects and coordinate creation of Avery digitization projects, websites and electronic publications in collaboration with the Avery Library staff, the special collections team and the Libraries Digital Program.
- ALA-accredited masters in library or information science; extensive knowledge of rare books.
- Advanced degree in architecture, architectural history or related disciplines, or demonstration of subject expertise in scholarly or curatorial practice related to architectural disciplines.
- Reading knowledge of one or more European languages; Latin, German, Italian or French preferred.
- Demonstrated experience in teaching and research support.<./li>
- Enthusiasm for outreach and cultivation activities.
- Familiarity with digital project development and management, digitization and web technologies.
- Strong organizational skills and excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to work collaboratively with a broad range of people, including professional colleagues, students, faculty, and visiting researchers.
- Personal commitment to service and professional growth and development.
For immediate consideration, please apply online at: https://academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=54050
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