Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
March 4, 2021 ACADEMIC POSITION PROFILE 21FA0275
TITLE: Rare Books Assessment Librarian, NTT Librarian of Practice II or III
Special Collections & University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries
Rutgers University Libraries seeks an enthusiastic and innovative librarian to fill our Rare Books Assessment Librarian position for Rutgers New Brunswick Special Collectrions and Univerity Archives. The Rare Books Assessment Librarian is responsible for acquisition, curation, and stewardship of over 53,000 books, pamphlets, pamphlets and broadsides covering materials as diverse as fifteenth-century cookbooks, nineteenth-century broadsides documenting the flight from slavery, and twenty-first century artists’ books. This position reports to the Associate Director of Special Collections and University Archives. This position’s primary roles will be to provide access to the rare books collection and to assess and improve its value and utility to the scholarly and pedagogical mission of the university. The successful candidate will bring a progressive, flexible, and creative approach to this work and must demonstrate a commitment to development through librarianship and service. Develops recommendations for accession and deaccession of holdings and suggests roadmap for future of collection. Develops appropriate policies and procedures for rare books and provide reference services and instruction as needed. This is a full-time, one-year position and may be renewed. Performs related duties as assigned.
The Rare Books Assessment Librarian will:
• Participate in activities of the special collections department.
• Provide reference assistance and access to special and non-circulating collections for library patrons, in person and remotely.
• Assess the rare book collection in light of pedagogical and scholarly needs and the overall mission of the library and the university. Examine ways to diversify the collection to include more voices. Develop recommendations for future direction and focus, acquisitions and space needs. Write a final comprehensive report describing the current and potential value of the rare book collection and program to the overall mission of the library and the university. The report will include recommendations for future direction and focus, acquisitions, staffing, funding level, and space needs.
• Carry out normal ongoing duties of acquisition, curation, and stewardship of rare books and related holdings. Contribute to the ongoing development and assessment of discovery and access tools.
• Provide instruction on rare books holdings; prepare and lead hands-on instruction sessions and collaborate with faculty on assignment/ design and learning outcomes for students in a variety of fields.
• Engage in outreach to raise awareness of the rare book collection with constituents –faculty, outside scholars, other library staff, students to promote use of holdings their research and teaching. As a member of the Libraries instruction team, promote best practices for primary source pedagogy;
• Work with Associate Director of SC/UA to cultivate donor relations by meeting with donors and providing expertise for donor discussions.
• Contribute to departmental assessment initiatives.
• Identify and pursue opportunities for the SC/UA to support education, reconciliation, restoration, and cultural transformation with regard to bias and discrimination against any group or people, including racism in all its forms.
• Be a supportive, collaborative, and contributing member of the SC/UA and Library-wide committees as appropriate.
• Performs related duties as assigned.
The Rare Books Assessment Librarian will be responsible for assessing the rare book collection for its value and utility to the scholarly and pedagogical program of the university. Makes recommendations to the Associate Director on the collection as appropriate. They will carry out normal ongoing duties of acquisition, curation, and stewardship of rare books and related holdings. This position is based out of the Archibald S. Alexander Library located on College Avenue Campus.
Requirements: ALA accredited Master’s degree. At least five years’ experience as a rare books library professional. A reading knowledge of Italian, French, German, or Latin. Thorough knowledge of professional theory and best practices in managing, collecting, organizing, and preserving rare books and special collections; knowledge of book history and book arts. Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office products/applications. Knowledge of ethical and legal concerns (including copyright) affecting acquisition, management, and access to rare book holdings and digital collections. Demonstrated oral and written communication skills. Managing a collection of this size and scope will also require physically engaging with the collection, including climbing, lifting, and ladders/step stools. Must be able to lift 40 pounds. Visa sponsorship not available for this position.
• Previous experience in an academic library setting
• Experience teaching with rare books
SALARY: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
STATUS/BENEFITS: Non-Tenure Track Faculty status, twelve-month appointment, retirement plan, life/health insurance, prescription drug, dental and vision plans, tuition remission, 22 vacation days annually.
LIBRARY PROFILE: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national research university and the state of New Jersey’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Established in 1766, the university is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the United States. More than 67,000 students and 22,000 faculty and staff learn, work, and serve the public at Rutgers locations across New Jersey and around the world. With more than half of the incoming student class self-identifying as non-Caucasian, Rutgers is committed to advancing, promoting, and advocating for inclusiveness, diversity, and equity. Rutgers University is a member of the Association of American Universities, the Big Ten, and the Big Ten Academic Alliance—the nation’s premier higher education consortium of top tier research institutions. Rutgers University is an ADVANCE institution, one of a limited number of universities in receipt of National Science Foundation funds in support of our commitment to increase diversity and the participation and advancement of women in STEM disciplines.
Rutgers University Libraries are the intellectual center of the university—serving all members of the university community, supporting all disciplines, and playing a key role in advancing student learning and faculty research. The Libraries serve all institutions that make up Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey: Rutgers University–New Brunswick, Rutgers University–Newark, Rutgers University–Camden, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. The Libraries have a highly valued staff of about 300, who are committed to developing innovations in access services, information literacy, and digital initiatives. Rutgers University Libraries operate with a budget of $34 million and have outstanding collections, especially in jazz and New Jerseyana. Collectively, the Libraries’ holdings include more than 4.8 million volumes. The Libraries hold memberships in ARL, CNI, CRL, Lyrasis, Metro, NERL, VALEnj, SPARC, and the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI); use Ex Libris, Alma, Primo, and OCLC as primary bibliographic utilities; and utilize a Fedora-based institutional repository.
Rutgers University–New Brunswick: As the flagship of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers University–New Brunswick supports over 50,000 graduate and undergraduate students in approximately 100 undergraduate programs, more than 80 graduate/professional programs, and 60 doctoral programs. Ranked by US News & World Report as among the top 25 public universities, Rutgers–New Brunswick is classified as an R1 Doctoral University (Highest research activity) by the Carnegie Classification. Spanning New Brunswick, Piscataway, and adjacent towns in central New Jersey, Rutgers–New Brunswick is accessible by public transit.
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