1. Collection Development and Stewardship: The curator's collection development responsibilities encompass active research and selection of materials across a broad range of formats, including manuscripts, archives, visual materials, and digital media, as well as all formats of print materials from books to ephemera; dealer and donor relations, including establishing fair price and market value, understanding the total cost of acquisition, drafting deeds of gift and purchase agreements, and keeping abreast of evolving legal and ethical considerations for provenance, international export guidelines, intellectual property rights, privacy, and respectful stewardship of cultural heritage materials. To develop and steward a diverse and growing collection, the curator will broaden their areas of expertise to meet evolving collecting, teaching, and research priorities. The curator collaborates with colleagues in other units of the Library as well as with colleagues across Yale's cultural heritage institutions to ensure that the collections are discoverable, accurately and appropriately described, and well preserved.2. Teaching and Research: The curator will foster the use of the collection by Yale faculty, students, as well as local, national, and international researchers. In collaboration with Education Program staff, the curator will take the lead on multiple classes each semester. The curator will prepare and lead instruction sessions for faculty, including evaluating and selecting and setting up materials, developing lesson plans, collaborating with instructors on assignments and learning objectives, assessing the success of instruction strategies and approaches, and drawing on other library staff as co-instructors as appropriate. The role will work with faculty and other campus partners to identify areas where special collections and archives can support course instruction, strengthen instructional collaborations across the university, and integrate collections and resources into new and existing classes and programs. The curator will also present materials to other groups who visit the library, collaborate with colleagues to respond to general reference and instruction requests, and participate in the library's fellowship selection committee.3. Activate and Interpret the Collections: The curator is responsible for interpreting the holdings of the collection for both the international scholarly community and the broader public. The curator may conceive and organize exhibitions; collaborate with faculty, students, and external scholars to organize conferences, symposia, and lectures; and write and edit various publications about the collection. The curator may be called upon to issue news releases, grant interviews, conduct tours, and make presentations. The curator is encouraged to maintain an active research agenda.4. Collaboration: The curator is expected to function in a collegial fashion as part of a larger team of curators and librarians to sustain a broad program of collection development, scholarly and educational outreach, description, digitization, preservation, and research in the humanities. Demonstrated consensus-building and problem-solving skills, experience coordinating multiple projects, and the ability to bring projects to fruition are vital to the success of this position.5. Service to the Department, University, and Profession. In addition to activities relating directly to the Beinecke Library, the curator participates in library projects, committees, policy decisions and strategic planning and may be assigned special projects relating to the overall needs of the library. The curator is also expected to participate actively in professional organizations as appropriate.
Required Skill/ability 1: Minimum of 5 years of professional experience. The candidate should possess demonstrated knowledge of one or more areas named above.
Required Skill/ability 2: Reading knowledge of at least one language beyond English
Required Skill/ability 3: Superb analytical, creative, and communication skills in both writing and public speaking. This may be demonstrated through teaching, publications, exhibitions, public programming, or collaborative projects.
Required Skill/ability 4: Demonstrated commitment to teaching, in higher education and community outreach.
Required Skill/ability 5: Adept collaborator with ability to foster organizational collegiality.
Preferred Education: Ph.D. in a related area. Advanced language skills in one of the following: Latin, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Indigenous North American languages (any), Latin, Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, or Japanese. Experience with donor relations, commercial market and book trade, and related legal and ethical issues. Proficiency in using library or museum discovery and documentation systems.
Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)
Posting Position Title: Librarian, Curator
University Job Title: Curator; Yale Library Special Collections
Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: Ph.D. in a related area. Advanced language skills in one of the following: Latin, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Indigenous North American languages (any), Latin, Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, or Japanese. Experience with donor relations, commercial market and book trade, and related legal and ethical issues. Proficiency in using library or museum discovery and documentation systems.
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