Establishes and implements vision and strategic and annual goals for Printing and Graphic Arts.
Collaborates with faculty to design and host classes that allow students to learn directly from the primary source holdings of P&GA.
In collaboration with the Director of Scholarly and Public Programs, promotes P&GA by planning, managing, and creating content for a robust program of exhibitions, lectures, symposia, workshops, publications, websites, and other activities that present and interpret the holdings of P&GA for a wide set of audiences.
Provides expert reference and research consultation for users of P&GA and, as appropriate, the holdings of Houghton Library.
Creates and implements a strategy to guide collection development and works with dealers, private collectors, and donors to acquire materials for the collection through purchase and gift.
In collaboration with the Director of Operations and Finance, manages the P&GA budget for acquisitions and programs.
Participates in development efforts by cultivating donors and preparing funding proposals for gifts and grants.
Develops a network of faculty, professional colleagues, book and manuscript dealers, donors, and others to advance the goals of P&GA and the library at large.
Assists with the cataloging and archival processing of new acquisitions and materials in backlogs by assessing collections, establishing priorities, and providing input on catalog records and finding aids.
Collaborates with librarians and library staff at Houghton, Harvard, and other institutions, as well as scholars and students, to identify, plan, and execute projects that supply access to P&GA holdings in digital form, so that they can be discovered and utilized using emerging research and teaching methodologies.
Identifies items in need of conservation treatment and works with staff to develop, review, and approve treatment plans.
Coordinates with Houghton registrar to review loan requests.
Collaborates with Houghton administration, curators, and other staff to publicize, select, manage, and host research fellowships.
As a member of the Collections Division, works with Houghton curators and other staff on long-range and annual planning and the development and implementation of curatorial policies and procedures.
Collaborates as appropriate with staff of library collections and programs at Harvard, whose missions align with P&GA including the Fine Arts Library, the Harvard Art Museums, and others.
Participates and assumes leadership roles in appropriate groups in Houghton Library, Harvard Library, and the university.
Cultivates and maintains a strong presence in the research communities related to printing and graphic arts and in the library, archives, and museum profession.
May supervise staff, students, and interns, as needed.
Salary Grade: 059
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Advanced degree(s) in Art History, History, Library Science, and/or another subject area relevant to the collections of the Department of Printing and Graphic Arts.
Minimum 5 years work experience in a special collections environment.
Record of scholarly production and professional activities.
Experience teaching with primary sources and working with students in classroom settings.
Demonstrated experience and fluency with emerging fields of digital scholarship and outreach around the history of the book.
Reading knowledge of at least one foreign language.
Experience in an academic research library preferred.
ALA accredited MLS strongly preferred.
PhD in a subject relevant to the collections strongly preferred.
A commitment to diversity and to serving the needs of a diverse population.
General knowledge of cataloging, archival processing, digitization, and conservation methodologies and standards used in rare book and manuscript libraries.
Advanced knowledge of printing history and graphic processes and ability to master over time the wide range of materials and time periods represented in the collection.
Knowledge of intellectual property and scholarly communication issues and trends related to libraries, archives, and special collections.
Knowledge of the antiquarian book market.
Knowledge of current practices and emerging trends in the book arts.
Demonstrated abilities to manage programs and complete projects that require collaboration with a wide variety of colleagues.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Excellent organizational, time, and project management skills.
Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently and to promote teamwork among colleagues.
Familiarity with digital printing technologies, including digital typefaces.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 51855BR
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