The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) seeks applications for this unique and exciting position. The successful candidate will combine a passion for the history of recorded sound and broadcasting with excellence in outreach and teaching with primary sources. The Curator of Recorded Sound and Broadcasting will provide curatorial guidance for collections across SCRC with a focus on documenting the history of recorded sound and broadcasting. SCRC holds extensive archival broadcasting collections of notable personalities such as Dick Clark, Gertrude Berg, Stephen Scheuer, Norman Corwin, Ted Koppel, and Mike Wallace. These collections encompass printed and manuscript materials, rare books, and substantial audio and video holdings.
SCRC’s recorded sound holdings total over 500,000 items which include formats from the earliest experimental recordings on tinfoil to one of the largest wax cylinder collections in the country to modern digital media. This position will support student, faculty, and scholarly engagement with the collections through collection development, hands-on instructional sessions, exhibitions, events, and scholarly publications. The Curator also evaluates the SCRC’s existing collections and works with SCRC staff to prioritize their ongoing care and maintenance.
SCRC fosters a flexible, collaborative work environment and a strong team spirit within the department and in collaboration with other units within the Libraries and on campus.
The Syracuse University Libraries is dedicated to an inclusive and equitable workforce. We are fully committed to hiring and developing diverse talent and believe deeply in equity, diversity of race/ethnicity, gender identity, abilities, veteran status, and all the other fascinating characteristics that make us different. We are committed to reducing physical barriers in the workspace and ensuring that all applicants and employees receive reasonable accommodations to perform the essential functions of any given role. We strongly encourage applicants who share these values to apply.
• Accredited MLS with a special collections focus and/or an advanced degree in a relevant discipline or an equivalent combination of education and experience
•Minimum 2 years of experience teaching with archival/special collection materials.
• Minimum of 3 years of experience in working with recorded sound and/or broadcasting collections within an academic setting or a combination of experience and subject specialty.
• Familiarity with collections care and security protocols within a special collections environment.
• Understanding of the policy and legal implications of reformatting and delivering time-based media.
• Ability to work well with others and perform in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
• Willingness to travel to examine collections on offer and engage with dealers and potential donors.
Job Specific Qualifications
• Strong understanding of scholarship, including the role of primary source materials in research, teaching, and learning. • Demonstrated experience working effectively with faculty, students and donors, and a commitment to a high level of service • Savvy of media preservation and U.S. copyright relating to audio/media material. • Strong commitment to providing high quality service in a collaborative, team environment to a diverse and inclusive campus and researcher community. • Knowledge of and commitment to addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in collection building. • Excellent communication skills, and an active record of publication and/or service to the field. • Ability to model the safe and secure handling of special collections materials • Ability to provide careful and ethical stewardship for existing gifts and awards • Familiarity with conservation, preservation and collection management practices relating to special collections • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills • Experience supervising student employees and/or interns
• Maximize student and faculty engagement with the University’s holdings of rare sound recordings and broadcasting collections, develop and offer interactive instructional sessions in the SCRC classrooms for students at all levels. Interpret and promote the collections to both campus and community audiences through exhibitions, social media, public events, and scholarly publications.
• Conduct an ongoing analysis of collection strengths, and acquire collections through donation and purchase in alignment with SCRC’s collecting goals for more inclusive collecting and Syracuse University’s academic strategic plan. Cultivate donors and assist in efforts to raise funds for programming, collections, and facilities.
• Work with SCRC and Libraries staff to help set digitization and preservation priorities for recorded sound and broadcasting holdings. In collaboration with SCRC and Libraries staff to continually enhance and improve digital collections portals and websites providing access to recorded sound and broadcasting collections.
• Contribute to the day-to-day work of the SCRC by serving on the reference desk, providing advanced reference assistance, and performing other duties as needed.
• Engages in activities that contribute to the advancement of the Libraries, the university, and the library profession including, for example, actively participating on a team, committee, or special project; chairing or organizing a workshop, conference, or other professional event; teaching (excluding library instruction sessions or other teaching activities that are explicit job duties); professional consulting; conference discussant, publishing; conducting research that results in a publication or conference presentation.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
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