Curator of Film & Media, Washington University Libraries


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.


·         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.

Required Qualifications

·         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.


Preferred Qualifications

·         Formal moving image management training highly preferred.

·         Experience providing instruction and/or university-level teaching experience.

·         Experience with successful grant-writing and grant management.

·         Expertise in a subject area relevant to the collection, such as American Culture Studies, Film & Media Studies, American History, African-American Studies.

·         Experience managing preservation activities, projects, initiatives, etc. and associated budgets.

·         Expressed interest in collection subject matters.

·         Evidence of excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

·         Excellent organization and analytic skills.

·         Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

·         Working knowledge of MS Office applications.

·         Demonstrated commitment to providing outstanding customer service.

·         Prior experience working in an academic research library, ideally in academic archives.

·         Ability to identify moving image formats, techniques and materials preferred.

·         Experience with Adobe Premiere, Apple Final Cut, or similar video editing application.

Salary Range

The hiring range for this position is $52,943 – $68,816 annually.

Apply via, Job ID: #  44692

Reference Desk Assistants, UCLA Library Special Collections

UCLA Library Special Collections seeks applications from Information Studies grad students for a Reference Desk Assistant position.

Questions should be directed to Courtney Jacobs, Head of Outreach and Community Engagement:


Job Code LSC010
Department Library Special Collections
Start Date April 15, 2019
Location of Work Library Special Collections
Number of Positions 2
Hours Per Week 19 hrs/wk
Work Schedule Requesting Availability during department open hours:

Sunday: Off
Monday: 10-5
Tuesday: 10-5
Wednesday: 10-8
Thursday: 10-5
Friday: 10-5
Saturday: 10-5

Classification STDT 4
Working Title Library Assistant II
Pay Rate $16.09/hr
Duties Using expertise derived from extensive training and demonstrated abilities to perform required duties, the Reference Desk Assistant independently provides research assistance for students, faculty, staff, and other researchers wishing to access Special Collections materials. The Reference Desk Assistant will staff the Library Special Collections reference desk and assist users with their research needs in person, via email, and via telephone as well as checking in and clearing researchers into the Reading Room. The Reference Desk Assistant will ensure security of the collections and facilities by communicating Reading Room policies to all users and enforcing said policies.

Additionally, the Reference Desk Assistant will assist with service assessment, help with outreach and promotion efforts, and support library instruction as needed. These additional duties will be informed by current department needs as well as the candidate’s background and professional interests.

Required Skills
and Knowledge
Candidate must currently be enrolled in UCLA’s Graduate Program in Library & Information Science and be familiar with special collections, rare books, and archives. Also required: ability to follow directions from supervisors; ability to learn about multiple, complex systems, procedures and resources quickly and accurately; ability to work independently while following established procedures and guidelines and/or using knowledge and skills acquired during training; flexibility in handling assignments and shifting priorities.
Preferred Skills
and Knowledge
Experience with staffing public service point. Flexibility in handling assignments and shifting priorities. Ability to successfully work with Aeon, a Reading Room management software system. Familiarity with navigating UCLA Library resources to conduct research.


Associate Director for Special Collections and Area Studies, Ohio State

The Ohio State University Libraries aspires to be the leading library advancing the educational, research, and engagement missions of a national flagship public university. We seek a dynamic, growth-oriented, and values-driven leader to provide strategic direction and vision for our Special Collections and Area Studies operations, services, and resources in support of this ambitious vision. Reporting to the Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries, the Associate Director will lead organizational efforts to enhance knowledge creation, enable student success, and broaden community engagement through the active use of unique and distinctive collections at Ohio State and beyond. A member of the Libraries’ senior administrative group, the Associate Director joins a high-functioning team that practices and models shared leadership, process-oriented communications, and participatory decision making.

The Special Collections and Area Studies division comprises the University Archives; the Byrd Polar Archives; the Ohio Congressional Archives; the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, which includes the renowned William Charvat Collection of American Fiction; the Hilandar Research Library, which houses the largest collection of medieval Slavic manuscripts on microform in the world; the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, the world’s largest collection of materials related to cartoons and comics; the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute collection of performing arts research materials; and the Libraries’ distinctive collections supporting Chinese and Korean, East European and Slavic, Japanese, Jewish, Latin American, and Middle Eastern studies.


Leads the Special Collections and Area Studies division, comprised of approximately 17 library faculty and 23 staff who acquire and manage collections and provide research, instructional, and outreach services for the Ohio State scholarly community and researchers worldwide.

Oversees a variety of educational public programs, such as symposia, lectures, and exhibitions that showcase and broaden the curricular and scholarly use of Ohio State’s unique and distinctive collections.

Advances the digitization, discovery, and use of Ohio State’s unique and distinctive collections in partnership with the Associate Director of Information Technology and Associate Director of Content and Access.

Promotes the ongoing development of a learning-centered organization and its people through the active modeling of its values (discovery, connection, equity, integrity, and stewardship) and alignment with its strategic intent.

Shares leadership on the executive and management teams, which provide strategic direction for planning, decision making, communications, and organizational development.

Engages in growing philanthropic support to enhance collections, services, and outreach in partnership with curators, archivists, and the Libraries’ advancement team.

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited program or an advanced degree in archival administration or museum studies.

Minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in a large academic or research library or comparable experience elsewhere.

Demonstrated success in planning, oversight, and administration in academic/research libraries, including effective leadership, coaching, and budgetary skills.

Knowledge and understanding of significant trends and issues in academic/research libraries, specifically in special collections and area studies, including the use of technology for preservation, discovery, access, and delivery.

Ability to inspire, build trust, lead organizational change, empower professional growth, and engage library faculty and staff in delivering user-centered services.

Strong commitment to actuating the Libraries’ equity, diversity, and inclusion values.

Excellent interpersonal, oral, written, and collaboration skills for communicating complex issues and perspectives to a diverse range of constituencies.

Strong analytical and decision-making skills.

Record of research, publication, and scholarly achievement sufficient to warrant appointment with tenure at the Associate Professor level.

Desired Qualifications

National or international reputation in archives, area studies, or special collections librarianship.

Significant record of participation in relevant collaborative initiatives and professional associations.

Experience in donor relations and growing philanthropic support.

Discover Ohio State

For 149 years, The Ohio State University’s campus in Columbus has been the stage for academic achievement and a laboratory for innovation. The university’s main campus is one of America’s largest and most comprehensive. As Ohio’s best and one of the nation’s top-20 public universities, Ohio State also includes a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center. As a land-grant university, Ohio State has a physical presence throughout the state, with campuses and research centers located around Ohio.

About The Ohio State University Libraries

The Libraries promotes innovative research and creative expression, advances effective teaching, curates and preserves information essential for scholarship and learning at Ohio State, and shares knowledge and culture with the people of Ohio, the nation, and the world. Libraries faculty and staff live these values in all that we do: Discovery, Connection, Equity, Integrity, and Stewardship.  Learn about our strategic directions here

The Libraries’ greatest resource is our faculty and staff. Their expertise produces value beyond the collections and their commitment to continual improvement and innovation is one of the most significant ways the Libraries meets the diverse and evolving information needs of university students, faculty, staff, alongside scholars throughout Ohio and the world.

As a global leader, the Libraries is actively engaged in local, statewide, national, and international initiatives to help shape the future of academic research libraries. These activities and the innovations that result enhance our ability to acquire, manage, and preserve emerging information resources, support knowledge creation, and enable its effective transmission to future learners. Information about the Libraries is available at

The Libraries strives to provide welcoming, supportive environments for all to pursue and share knowledge. The Libraries is guided by our strategic priorities that facilitate, celebrate and honor diversity, inclusion, access and social justice. All positions are expected to contribute to building and advancing this environment, and we encourage candidates to apply who share these values.


The position is full-time, regular, tenure-track faculty appointment and reports to the Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries. Salary and faculty rank are dependent on qualifications and experience


The university offers competitive benefits in the form of 22 days’ vacation, 15 days’ sick leave, 10 holidays, hospitalization, major medical, surgical-medical, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance at 2.5 times one’s annual salary. State and alternative retirement choices are also available. For a summary of benefits, see:


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by April 21, 2019. Please send cover letter, CV, references, and salary requirements to Randall McKenzie at Please include “Associate Director for Special Collections and Area Studies” in the subject field.

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.  The Ohio State University is a member of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance.

Multiple Archivist Positions, Library of Congress


Organization: Library of Congress
Date Posted: 12/18/2018
Country: United States
Primary Category: Open
Description & Details
The Library of Congress is hiring 15 archivists for several of its special collection divisions: Music; Prints and Photographs; American Folklife Center; Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound; and Manuscripts. A new initiative is underway to concentrate on organizing and describing for research use a backlog of an estimated 25 million unprocessed physical items in more than 1,000 different collections, ranging in size from less than 50 items to more than 1 million items. The formats of material comprise personal papers, corporate records, music, photographs, architectural drawings, and audiovisual materials, primarily from the 19th and 20th centuries and related to American history, life, and culture. These are permanent positions, open to all qualified applicants. All positions offer progressive promotions to the GS-13 level. Links to each job announcement and application process follow:
How to Apply / Contact
Archivist (Vacancy #: VAR000714) This position is located in the Acquisition and Processing Section, Music Division, Special Collections Directorate, Library Services. The position description number for this position is 368552.

  • Opening Date: December 17, 2018
  • Closing Date: January 18, 2019
  • Grade Level: GS-09
  • Series: 1420
  • [5 positions]


Archivist (Vacancy #: VAR000716) This position is located in the Technical Services Section, Prints and Photographs Division, Special Collections Directorate, Library Services. The position description number for this position is 368552.

  • Opening Date: December 17, 2018
  • Closing Date: January 18, 2019
  • Grade Level: GS-09
  • Series: 1420
  • [3 positions]

Archivist (Vacancy #: VAR000720) These positions are located in the American Folklife Center, Special Collections Directorate, Library Services. The position description number for this position is 368552.

  • Opening Date: December 17, 2018
  • Closing Date: January 18, 2019
  • Grade Level: GS-09
  • Series: 1420
  • [2 positions]


Archivist (Vacancy #: VAR000723) This position is located in the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, Library Services at the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC) in Culpeper, Virginia. The position description number for this position is 368552.

  • Opening Date: December 17, 2018
  • Closing Date: January 18, 2019
  • Grade Level: GS-09
  • Series: 1420
  • [1 position]


Archivist (Vacancy #: VAR000725) This position is located in the Preparation Section, Manuscript Division, Special Collections Directorate, Library Services. The position description number for this position is 368552.

  • Opening Date: December 17, 2018
  • Closing Date: January 18, 2019
  • Grade Level: GS-09
  • Series: 1420
  • [2 positions]


See Also:  Archivist (Vacancy #: VAR000657) The position is located in the Preparation Section, Manuscript Division, Special Collections Directorate, Library Services. 

  • Opening Date: December 10, 2018
  • Closing Date: January 2, 2019
  • Grade Level: GS-11
  • Series: 1420
  • [2 positions]