Utah State University (USU) Libraries seek a collaborative, innovative, and service-oriented professional to serve as the Fife Folklore Archives (FFA) Curator within the Libraries' Special Collections & Archives unit. The FFA Curator is responsible for developing, preserving, and providing access to the Libraries' folklore collections, with a focus on the Intermountain West. The curator will actively engage university and community partners to acquire new materials and promote the collections through instruction, exhibition, programming, and outreach. The anticipated start date is May 15, 2020.
The FFA is one of the largest repositories of American folklore in the United States. Established in 1972, the Archives comprise an integral part of USU's cultural heritage resources. The Fife Folklore Archives is named for folklorists Austin E. and Alta S. Fife, Utahans who helped shape the field of folklore and worked to preserve the folk expressions of the American West. The FFA is home to more than seventy collections, including ethnographic collections, student fieldwork collections, and Austin and Alta Fife's fieldwork collections. The FFA also is the home to the historical American Folklore Society Manuscript Collection.
Reporting to the Unit Head for Special Collections & Archives, the position is a 12-month, tenure track faculty appointment with rank as Assistant Librarian.
The Library is especially interested in promoting an environment of diversity and excellence throughout the institution and welcomes candidates committed to fostering diverse and inclusive environments.
Oversee collection development program related to the Fife Folklore Archives.
Accession, appraise, arrange, and describe incoming collections in both tangible and electronic formats according to established processing workflows and professional standards.
Prepare materials for digitization, ingestion, and description within ContentDM, DigitalCommons, Omeka, and/or other electronic platforms.
Work in collaboration with internal and external partners to develop and support community-based collection projects such as ethnographic and oral history work.
Provide in-depth research assistance to users of the FFA collections, including collections of the American Folklore Society.
Promote the use of Fife Folklore Archives collections through active engagement in the Unit's instruction program as well as through community programming.
Support the Special Collections & Archives Unit through providing general reference service in the Reading Room, via email, and on the telephone.
Supervise Fife Folklore Archives student employees, graduate assistant, and interns.
Serve as the American Folklore Society Archival Liaison.
Participate in the Library's Exhibition Program through occasional curation of both digital and physical exhibits.
Serve as the Library's liaison to the USU Folklore program, housed in the Department of English.
Participate as part of the professional community to stay up to date on new programs, standards, and developments within the field.
Other duties as assigned.
About Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library
The Special Collections Department in the Merrill-Cazier Library at Utah State University houses 2,000+ collections and 200,000+ published works in specialized research areas such as University Archives, Folklore, Manuscripts, Photographs, Rare Books, and Art Books.
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