Librarian for Outreach andExhibitions oversees the exhibits program for Vanderbilt's distributeddistinctive collections (Special Collections, TV News Archive, and the Historyof Medicine Collection). This position will manage all aspects of theexhibitions program from inceptions to installation, working with curators andsubject specialists to design a robust schedule for outreach and exhibits usingour collections. Spearhead outreach for the Special Collections Library bydeveloping robust programming highlighting university materials.
About the Work Unit
The mission of SpecialCollections is to preserve, store, and provide access to VanderbiltUniversity's impressive collection of rare books, manuscripts, photographs,memorabilia, and institutional archives. Special Collections supplies primaryresource material to a variety of local, national, and international scholarseach year. It houses one of the finest twentieth-century Southern literaturecollections in the United States and is the center for the study of theFugitive and Agrarian literary groups. Other popular subjects include Southernhistory and culture, women's issues, civil rights, religious studies,performing arts, and Latin American history, especially Colombian andAfro-Colombian history.
Duties and Responsibilities
Oversees the exhibit programfor distinctive collections
Coordinates the schedule for a variety of exhibitactivities in the libraries, including documentation, design, installation, andde-installation.
Coordinates 4 exhibits a year, and up to eight pop-upexhibits.
Collaborates with curators, librarians, and others onphysical and digital exhibits.
Works with the library's preservation librarian to identifyobjects too fragile for exhibition.
Coordinates with the Office of Assessment, Communications,and Engagement on publicity for physical and digital exhibits.
Serves as the OutreachLibrarian for Special Collections
Conducts tours and makes presentations on topics ofexhibits.
Collaborates with faculty to teach with primary sourcematerials.
Works with local and regional peers on thematicexhibitions.
Plans events for Special Collections (example: Curator'sTalks).
Assists with public services in Special Collections asneeded.
Research and development
Researches, presents, and publishes about new forms ofphysical and digital curation.
Serves on and present regularly to the library's Collegiumof Curators.
Profile of an Ideal Candidate
ALA-accredited MLS degree or its equivalent is necessary.
Prior employment in a library or cultural resourceinstitution is necessary.
At least one year of experience in creating and installingexhibits is necessary.
Excellent oral and written communication skills arenecessary.
Ability to work independently and to participate ingroup/team endeavors is necessary.
Working knowledge of WordPress, Omeka, Photoshop and Scalaris necessary.
Knowledge of at least one foreign language, preferablySpanish, Latin, German, or French is preferred.
At least one year of special collections library experienceis preferred.
Prior experience managing a department fund or budget ispreferred.
Supervisory experience is preferred.
Project management experience is preferred.
Graduate degree in History, English, Latin American Studiesor other subject specialty is preferred.
About Vanderbilt Benefits
In addition to offering alively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, VanderbiltUniversity offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health,dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disabilityinsurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match.Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependentchildren. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% ofthe tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree.Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VUBenefits Overview.
About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt is a renownedprivate institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville,Tennessee. The university's students and faculty frequently cite Nashville andthe surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbiltcommunity. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will bevalued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a placewhere your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employeesknow they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pridein their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbiltwas recently ranked #2 for ‘best quality of life’ and ‘great financial aid,’ #5for ‘best run colleges’ and ‘beautiful campus,’ and #6 for both being in a‘college city that students love’ and having ‘great campus/city relations.’
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About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University is a center for scholarly research, informed and creative teaching, and service to the community and society at large. Vanderbilt will uphold the highest standards and be a leader in the quest for new knowledge through scholarship, the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and outreach, and the creative experimentation of ideas and concepts. In pursuit of these goals, Vanderbilt values most highly intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry, equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.