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Job Opening/Arts of the Book Collection

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Ann Okerson/Associate University Librarian/Yale University

CURATOR, ARTS OF THE BOOK COLLECTION, Sterling Memorial Library, Yale
University Rank:  Librarian III



The University Library, which is a highly valued partner in teaching and
research at the University, has more than 10.5 million volumes housed in
the Sterling Memorial Library and 16 school and department libraries.  It
employs a dynamic and innovative staff of nearly 600 FTE who have the
opportunity to work with the highest caliber of faculty and students,
participate on committees and are involved in other areas of staff
development.  A full spectrum of library resources, from rare books and
manuscripts to a rapidly expanding network of electronic resources,
constitutes one of Yale's distinctive strengths.  The Library is engaged
in numerous ambitious projects such as the renovation of the main library
building, the complete retrospective conversion of the Library's catalog,
and various automation projects which include network access to scholarly
information and preservation imaging initiatives.  The Arts of the Book
collection is renowned for its materials on printing, typography, book
design & illustration, papermaking, calligraphy, binding, fine presses and
artists' books and exhibitions.


The Library seeks a creative Arts of the Book Curator to manage all
operations and services of this distinctive collection, housed in Sterling
Memorial Library.  Under the direction of the Associate University
Librarian for Collections, the Curator, Arts of the Book Collection
manages all operations and services of the Arts of the Book Collection,
including collection development, acquisitions, technical processing,
preservation, reference and instructional services. Supports faculty in
graphic arts and related disciplines in teaching and instructional
programs and classes as needed.  Carries out the Arts of the Book
collecting mandate in collaboration with appropriate Library selectors.
Designs and curates exhibitions of Arts of the Book collections.  Provides
assistance and reference support for the use of the collection.  Arranges
support for the processing of Arts of the Book materials. Reviews Arts of
the Book's collecting, access, processing, and preservation policies, with
particular attention to related collecting and service activities at the
Art and Architecture Library, the Manuscripts and Archives Department, and
the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.  Collaborates with the
Associate University Librarian for Collections and interested faculty, to
develop a prioritized needs assessment.


Master's degree in graphic design, fine arts or the history of art, or MLS
degree from an ALA-accredited library school.  Five years of professional
experience.  Demonstrated familiarity with the book arts, the history of
printing, bookbinding and book illustration.  Experience or formal
training in graphic arts and/or other kinds of library special collections
materials. Demonstrated commitment to and experience in library
instruction or public services, and in working with faculty and students.
Experience in the design and curating of book exhibitions.  Successful
experience with collections development and related budget management.
Demonstrated analytical, collaborative and communication skills.
Preferred:  MLS plus Master's degree in the field of graphic design, fine
arts, or the history of art.


Competitive salary and a full benefits package including 22 vacation days;
17 holiday, recess and personal days; health care; TIAA/CREF or Yale
retirement plan.  To be assured of consideration, please submit a letter
of application, resume, and the names of three references by April 4,1997
to Diane Y. Turner, Director, Library Human Resources, Yale University,
P.O. Box 208240, New Haven, CT 06520-8240 (diane.turner@xxxxxxxx)  Fax
203-432-1806. ).  Applications will be accepted until the position is
filled.  Yale University is an EEO/AA.

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