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The Curator oversees all activities related to collection development and management, including overseeing preservation actions and priorities, reference/instruction, access/use, and outreach for the Washington University Libraries Film & Media collections, which focus on documentary film. The Curator works closely with library staff, faculty, and students to preserve, make accessible, and promote the use of Special Collections materials for teaching, learning, and scholarship.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Curator determines collection priorities, makes all collection-related decisions, and works with Special Collections staff to develop plans for processing, cataloging, preserving, and digitizing collection materials, based on professional best practices.
The Curator manages access to the collection by providing reference services, which largely entails the licensing of Libraries-owned collection content to external stakeholders. He/she also leads instruction sessions and gives presentations related to the collection as well as works with the other curators to streamline, establish, and evaluate access and use policies, ensuring copyright provisions are upheld.
The Curator engages in collections activities that include contributing to the collection development policy; acquiring new collections, both purchased and donated; outsourcing appraisals and maintaining valuation records; and cultivating relationships with potential donors. The Curator ensures that these activities are done in compliance with institutional policies and procedures.
The Curator seeks to raise accessibility to the collection and improve efficiencies by pursuing grant funding and strategic partnerships for the areas of activities described above.
The Curator promotes the collection and engages the community-at-large through various outreach initiatives and activities including, but not limited to, the curation of physical and digital exhibitions, film screenings, speakers, panel discussions, and teacher workshops/seminars.
Master's degree or advanced certificate in relevant field or equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience.
At least three to five years of experience working with archival moving image and audio collections.
Knowledge of analog and digital moving image and audio formats and respective preservation and access needs/challenges.
Demonstrated hands-on experience working with analog and digital moving image and audio collections.
Experience navigating copyright, licensing, and intellectual property issues.
Knowledge of film production outputs and workflows.
Formal moving image management training highly preferred.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is for the Olin Library. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
The hiring range for this position is $52,943 - $68,816 annually.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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