Special Collections Librarian

Description: 

The Special Collections Librarian will champion an inclusive vision for bibliographic description of rare book and manuscript collections in support of the broad Liberal Arts curriculum of Williams College, and will enthusiastically engage the campus community and beyond through description, instruction, and research support. The position offers a broad range of opportunities to an ambitious and curious librarian who is eager to gain experience in a range of special collections library functions and to advance principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility. The Special Collections Librarian will focus chiefly on cataloging and other bibliographic description, and will also engage with an active instruction program and collaborate in the general operations of the Special Collections department. 


Responsibilities

  • Creates original catalog records and other bibliographic description for special collections materials in all subject areas and formats. Applies descriptive standards, structural standards, and controlled vocabularies.
  • Works closely with the Special Collections Acquisitions Coordinator to process acquisitions.
  • Leads instruction sessions on research with special collections materials, independently and in collaboration with faculty. 
  • Provides research support for Special Collections, both in person and remotely.
  • Collaborates in the operation of Special Collections functions including outreach through the website and social media, facilities and security maintenance.
  • Trains student assistants; plans, directs, and supervises student assistants and, optionally, the Lowe Fellow.
  • Keeps abreast of national and international developments in special collections librarianship; establishes a record of service to the Libraries, the College, and the profession. Prioritizes professional development and training related to diversity equity and inclusion.
  • Coordinates preservation treatment of special collections materials.

Qualifications

 

  • ALA-accredited MLIS degree, or equivalent advanced degree. We may consider candidates with extensive experience and a relevant degree in progress. 
  • Expertise in national and international standards for cataloging, description, and preservation of rare books and manuscripts
  • Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications and analytical ability
  • Reading knowledge of one or more languages in addition to English

Application review will begin on September 27, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Pay range is from $59,000 to $68,000, commensurate with experience. Job band 2-E.  Please visit https://staff-careers.williams.edu/ to apply - all applications will be reviewed by a human! 

 

Conditions of Employment

 

Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable. COVID-19 vaccination with booster or approved exemption and compliance with COVID-19 related policies are required as a condition of employment at Williams.

 

Equal Employment Opportunity

 

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please feel free to contact us via phone at (413) 597-2681 or email at hr@williams.edu.

 
Institution: 
Williams College
Location: 
Williamstown, MA
Application Deadline: 
Application review will begin on Sept 27.