The Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML) seeks an accomplished and creative professional to serve as its Curator of Literature. The Curator will be primarily responsible for developing, managing and actively promoting the use of RBML literature collections through programmatic outreach, awareness, public programs and instructional activities.
Reporting to the Director, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Curator of Literature will develop RBML holdings in literature in all formats (e.g., print and archives) through purchase and donation. The Curator will also steward literature collections that are in place, prioritizing their organization, description, conservation, digitization, and security. The Curator will help to create relevant guides, directories, and finding aids to the collections for Columbia students and faculty. The Curator will provide proactive outreach and instruction for Columbia University faculty and students as well as for faculty and students in the greater NYC area. One of eight full-time curators in RBML, the Curator of Literature will liaison with relevant Library bibliographers and other special collections staff and with colleagues in the greater NYC area. The Curator contributes to the general RBML public services program.
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library is Columbia University’s largest repository for primary source collections. The range of collections in the RBML span more than 4,000 years and comprise rare printed works, cylinder seals, cuneiform tablets, papyri, and Coptic ostraca; medieval and renaissance manuscripts; as well as art, photography, and realia. Some 500,000 printed books and 14 miles of manuscripts, personal papers, organizational archives and records form the core of RBML holdings. Though very broad in scope, RBML's Literature collections concentrate around the history of publishing,
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