Beginning salary is 60,000 annually, commensurate with experience.
Curator (Assistant or Associate Librarian)
The Baylor University Libraries seek an innovative, service-oriented second Curator to help build and expand access to the collections of the Armstrong Browning Library (ABL). A research center and museum dedicated to the study of poets Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and nineteenth-century literature and culture, the ABL promotes and supports the research, teaching, and appreciation of the Brownings and the wider field of nineteenth-century studies by faculty, students, scholars from around the world, and the general public. Working collaboratively with a team of library professionals, the Curator will contribute to the ABL’s mission through reference, instruction, outreach, and collection development. Recent graduates of an ALA-accredited program and early-career professionals are encouraged to apply. This is a full-time, 12-month, on-site, academic-professional position with excellent benefits and faculty status. Salary is $60,000 or more, commensurate with experience. The successful candidate must hold a Master’s Degree from an ALA-accredited program.
For full consideration, applicants should submit the following documents by October 6 via Interfolio: https://apply.interfolio.com/130453 (1) letter of application, (2) current CV / resume, and (3) contact information for three current references.
About Baylor University Located in Waco, Texas, Baylor University is the oldest college in Texas. With a population of 21,000 students, Baylor is one of the top universities in the nation, having just been named an R1 institution by the Carnegie Classification in 2022. Baylor is also on the honor roll of the "Great Colleges to Work For" from The Chronicle of Higher Education; Baylor offers competitive salaries and benefits in one of the fastest-growing parts of the state. Our strategic plan, Illuminate, guides the University as well as Baylor's mission of educating men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.
Waco, Texas is located conveniently along the I-35 corridor in the heart of central Texas. The Waco metropolitan area is home to approximately 280,000 residents. Combining smaller city living with opportunities of large cities nearby (only 1.5 hours from Austin and Dallas-Ft Worth), Waco offers beautiful scenery, a diverse population, and lower cost of living than the national average. More information about the Waco area can be found here: www.waco-texas.com/About-Waco
Required Job Qualifications:
Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program
Experience working with rare books and special collections in a professional or educational (internship, class project, etc.) setting
Familiarity with new library technologies and trends
Ability to collaborate with colleagues and a diverse patron base in a service-oriented, research-intensive environment
Ability to communicate and work effectively in an academic setting, with demonstrated skills in oral communication, written communication, and interpersonal interaction
Effective organizational, teaching, and presentation skills
Demonstrated flexibility, creativity, and initiative in one’s work
Ability to manage simultaneous projects and competing priorities
Commitment to the continual development of professional knowledge and skills
Desired Job Qualifications:
Second graduate degree in a related subject area or field
Supervisory or leadership experience and skills
Knowledge of special collections and archival theory, methods, and practices
Basic knowledge of preservation techniques
Familiarity with 19th-century literature, history, and scholarship on the era or a willingness to develop expertise in this area as well as in the lives and works of poets Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Maturity and experience in making decisions
Ability to work well with interruptions
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Contribute to the leadership, vision, and direction that facilitates the promotion of and access to the ABL's collections by a broad audience
Provide exceptional research and reference services and support as part of a dynamic service-oriented team
Seek opportunities to collaborate with faculty and academic departments to incorporate collection materials into graduate and undergraduate curricula to enhance teaching and learning
Connect a wide variety of users to the ABL and its resources through tours, presentations, instruction sessions, social media, and the development of physical and digital exhibitions
Build and manage, in coordination with the Director, the ABL's collection of rare books and manuscripts to support the teaching and research needs of Baylor faculty, students, and the broader scholarly community
Work collaboratively with colleagues in Cataloging & Metadata Services and Digitization & Digital Collection Preservation Services to increase discovery, access, and use of collection materials
Participate in planning, policy development, and ABL decision-making
Assist with fundraising, grant writing, marketing, and outreach
Train and supervise graduate and undergraduate student workers as needed
Pursue professional development opportunities through local, regional, and national conferences, meetings, and workshops and involvement in professional organizations
Engage in library-wide initiatives through committees and task forces
Meet University and Library expectations for service and scholarship, including participation in the academic library community through research, presentations, and writing
Located in Waco, Texas, Baylor University is the oldest college in Texas. With a population of around 21,000 students, Baylor is one of the top universities in the nation, having just been named an R1 institution by the Carnegie Classification in 2022. Baylor is also on the honor roll of the "Great Colleges to Work For" from The Chronicle of Higher Education. Baylor offers competitive salaries and benefits while giving faculty and staff the chance to live in one of the fastest-growing parts of the state. Our strategic plan, Illuminate, guides the University as we continue to live up to Baylor's mission of educating men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.
Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, pregnancy status, military service, genetic information, and disability. As a religious educati...onal institution, Baylor is lawfully permitted to consider an applicant’s religion as a selection criterion. Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.