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Special Collections Librarian - Colgate University

Location: USA - NY - Hamilton

The Colgate University Libraries seek a collaborative, thoughtful, and forward-thinking individual to fill the position of Special Collections Librarian. Reporting to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, the Special Collections Librarian manages rare books and other printed materials, literary manuscript collections, early manuscripts, and ephemera collections in the Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), including their development, organization, description, accessibility, digitization, preservation, promotion, and assessment. The Special Collections Librarian engages in educational planning and instruction, reinforcing the significance of rare books and primary source materials as curricular resources, and explores the use of technology to advance teaching, learning and research with special collections materials. This position coordinates the Libraries’ digitization projects involving SCUA materials including digital outsourcing, quality control, preservation, and storage, and participates in digital preservation planning and workflows.

It is expected that all Colgate University Libraries faculty and staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These are: user-centered focus; collaboration; effective team skills; creative problem solving; continuous learning; and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Required Qualifications
  • An ALA-accredited master’s degree or an equivalent international degree (or expected completion of degree within one academic term of hiring date).
  • A passion for rare books and knowledge of the history of the book.
  • Knowledge of current practices related to the organization and preservation of rare books and primary source materials.
  • User-centered service orientation with the ability to provide responsive and innovative services in support of learning, teaching, and research.
  • Ability to manage projects and a willingness to seek creative solutions to challenges.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with a variety of colleagues in a rapidly changing environment

Additional information about Colgate University, the Colgate University Libraries, and the full job description and qualifications can be found at

Application instructions:

Application instructions can be found at Candidates will need to upload a letter of application, curriculum vita, and provide email addresses for three professional references. Colgate strives to be a community supportive of diverse perspectives and identities. Candidates should describe in their letter of application how their approach to teaching, scholarship, and/or professional service might support the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Official transcripts will be required of candidates selected for an on-campus interview.

Review of application materials will begin on January 6, 2020, and continue until the position is filled.