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Curator of the Harold and Mary Jean Hanson Rare Book Collection

  • 1.  Curator of the Harold and Mary Jean Hanson Rare Book Collection

    Posted 07-05-2018 15:07

    POSITION:                   Curator of the Harold and Mary Jean Hanson Rare Book Collection

    RANK:                          Assistant University Librarian or Associate University Librarian

    REPORTS TO:             Chair, Special and Area Studies Collections

    SALARY:                      Minimum salary at the Assistant University Librarian rank is $52,252

                                          Minimum salary at the Associate University Librarian rank is $60,436

                                         Salary will reflect the selected professional's experience and credentials

    Requisition #:             507863

    DEADLINE DATE:      August 15, 2018 – applications will be reviewed beginning July 23, 2018



    The Special and Area Studies Collections (SASC) Department at the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida seeks a creative, innovative, and service-oriented individual to develop and manage all aspects of the Harold and Mary Jean Hanson Rare Book Collection. The collection has strengths in natural history, history of science, British and American literature, and other areas of distinction, with several supporting endowments. Its holdings intersect with many of the collections in the department, and especially pre-eminent collections including the Latin American and Caribbean Collection, the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature, and the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica. The Curator provides leadership in an environment that values diversity, collaboration, and excellence. The ideal candidate will have a passion for collection development, and will promote use of the collection through scholarship, classroom instruction, and public outreach. This position is a year-around (12-month), full-time tenure-track library faculty position.


    The Libraries encourage staff participation in reaching management decisions and consequently the Rare Book Curator will serve on various committees and teams. To support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and global society, the Rare Book Curator will be expected to include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in work activities and decision making. The Rare Book Curator will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities in order to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.



    • Provide leadership by building and managing all aspects of the collection including acquisition, description, policies, and programs, in accordance with best professional practices and the University of Florida's mission and goals
    • Develop outreach and instruction activities though exhibits, tours, presentations, and other programs
    • Manage endowments and acquire materials from vendors and donors
    • Work collaboratively with cataloging, digital services, acquisitions, and other library units
    • Expand access to the collection through library tools, such as LibGuides and finding aids
    • Facilitate access to the collection in all formats, including patron assistance and reference queries
    • Promote the collection through activities such as social media, blogs, and other outlets
    • Work in coordination with Libraries administration and the development team to maintain and promote donor relations
    • Pursue grant opportunities and manage projects related to the collection
    • Participate in appropriate professional organizations on the state, regional, and national levels, and pursue professional development goals, including publication, to meet requirements for tenure and promotion




    • Master's degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited (or foreign equivalent) program, or other relevant advanced degree
    • Appointment at the Associate University Librarian rank requires eight years of relevant professional experience
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
    • Reading comprehension of one or more languages related to the collection (Greek, Latin, French, Italian, Spanish)
    • Familiarity with digital-based information technologies and automated library systems
    • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with faculty, students, administrators and the general public
    • Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work
    • Flexibility and innovative approach working in a complex, rapidly changing academic environment
    • Excellent analytical and organizational skills
    • Demonstrated effectiveness in integrating technology with traditional services
    • Strong potential for meeting the requirements for tenure and promotion outlined at



    • Experience working with rare book collections
    • Record of instruction, teaching and/or training adult learners
    • Experience in coordinating online discovery of information
    • Competency in both a romance and classical language
    • Subject knowledge of one or more areas represented in the collection
    • Experience creating and maintaining Web pages
    • Demonstrated ability to engage diverse audiences to broaden use of collection
    • Familiarity or experience with donor relations and/or grants management


    Application Process

    To apply, submit 1) a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; 2) a written statement discussing the use of rare books and primary sources for instruction in a research university (250 words); 3) your current resume or CV; and 4) a list of three references including their contact information (address, telephone number, and email). Apply by August 15, 2018 (applications will be reviewed beginning July 23, 2018). Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system at 507863. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please contact Bonnie Smith, George A. Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at

    Joseph Piazza
    University of Florida
    Gainesville FL
    (352) 273-2595