Rare Books and Instruction Librarian, FSU Libraries

Tallahassee, FL
May 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job ID: 41655

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Apply On Or Before: 05/30/2017


This position is located in the FSU Libraries in the Special Collections Research Center.
The Special Collections Research Center is a unit within the Special Collections and Archives Division. The Center is the home for the rare book and manuscript collections and serves as the primary research center and reading room for rare books, manuscripts, and Heritage Protocol and University Archives. The Special Collections Division includes the Special Collections Research Center, Heritage Protocol and University Archives, the Claude Pepper Library, the Digital Library Center, and Cataloging and Description.
The rare book collections are comprised of roughly 90,000 volumes and early manuscripts. Key areas include the John McKay Shaw Childhood in Poetry Collection, the Napoleon and the French Revolution Collection, the Carothers Memorial Bibles and Rare Book Collection, and the Gontarski Grove Press Collection. Students and faculty associated with FSU’s History of Text Technology Program, as well from the Art History, English, and other humanities and arts departments are core users of our rare book collections.


The Florida State University Libraries seek a knowledgeable, collaborative, and user-focused individual for the position Rare Books and Instruction Librarian. This position will provide leadership and guidance to University libraries and the campus community related to the development, analysis, and use of our rare book collections.
This position is responsible for managing the FSU Libraries’ rare book collections and leading the related outreach and instruction program. In addition it serves as a lead member of the Special Collections Research Center reference staff.
The curatorial responsibilities of the Rare Books and Instruction Librarian include collection analysis and development, selection, bibliographical interpretation and advanced bibliographic description required in cataloging complex and rare collections (in consultation with the Associate Dean for Special Collections and Archives and Head of Cataloging and Description).
This position engages in educational planning and instruction, reinforcing the significance of primary source materials as curricular resources, and explores the use of technology to advance teaching, learning and research with materials from the rare book collections.
This position will participate in division-wide meetings and planning; supervise student assistants; serve on FSU Libraries and University Committees; contribute to state, regional, and national committees; participate in research, publication, and other professional and scholarly activities; work evening and weekend hours, as needed.
Further duties in Rare Book Collection:
Actively engage with faculty and specialists in the Libraries and across campus to align collection access and development with FSU’s academic mission
Collaborate with the Associate Dean for Special Collections and Archives, library liaisons, faculty, and other stakeholders to identify collecting priorities and new areas of collection development
Assess rare book donations to identify additions to the collection
Coordinate rare book cataloging workflow(s) with Head of Cataloging and Description and Collections Manager
Collaborate with Collections Manager of stacks maintenance tasks, inventory projects, and conservation assessment
Collaborate with the Digital Archivist, the Digital Library Center, and other relevant partners in planning, creating, and managing digital collections from rare book collections
Collaborate with Associate Dean for Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries’ Development Officer, and the Dean to establish and cultivate relationships with donors
Work with Associate Dean for Special Collections and Archives and other colleagues to develop grant proposals and pursue external funding opportunities
Further duties in Instruction and Outreach:
Provide reference and consultation services to in-house and distance users.
Develop an expansive and creative instructional program, engaging new audiences from all educational levels, and increasing support for the integration of Special Collections into undergraduate and graduate curriculum.
Prepare and deliver orientation and instruction sessions, workshops, and tours as needed; interact with faculty and departments to address their instruction needs.
Collaborate with others in the Division and across the Libraries to develop, implement, and assess the Special Collections instruction program.
Serve as a member of the Special Collections Research Center reference staff.
Proactively build partnerships across the University and in the community.
Actively promote use of all the Division’s collections among university faculty and students, historic site and museum personnel, and members of the scholarly community and general public who could benefit from the Division’s services.


MLS degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree
Minimum of 2 years experience in an established special collection, rare book collection, or manuscript repository
Strong public service orientation and commitment to user-centered service.
Experience in reference services and instruction.
Demonstrated ability to use technology effectively for collection management and access (e.g., rare book cataloging standards, digital text or imaging projects, web page creation/maintenance, metadata creation)
Knowledge of current practice and emerging trends in rare book and manuscript librarianship and instruction.
Ability to plan, coordinate, and implement effective programs, complex projects, and services.
Flexibility and the capacity to thrive in a rapidly changing environment.
Ability to take initiative, work independently and collegially, think creatively and solve problems.
Ability to communicate effectively in writing and speaking.
Ability to work successfully with diverse users at a variety of educational levels.
Excellent interpersonal skills; experience working collaboratively with varied groups within a complex organization and team environment.
Record of successful performance of duties in prior job(s).


Reading knowledge of one or more of the following: French, Latin, Spanish, or German.
Experience teaching and designing curriculum or coursework, particularly at the undergraduate level.
Experience with or demonstrated knowledge of planning, delivering, and assessing primary source literacy instruction, the history of the book, bibliography, book arts, and archival processing, and digital collections, social media tools, digital humanities concepts, tools, and techniques, and conservation or preservation of paper or other media.


When applying:
In one attachment, please include a cover letter with a complete statement of qualifications, a full resume of education and relevant experience, and the names, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of at least three persons who are knowledgeable about your qualifications for this position.

Contact Info

Susannah Miller
Associate Dean for Administrative Services
Florida State University Libraries
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2047
Phone: (850) 645-8404
Fax: (850) 644-5016

University Information

Located in beautiful Tallahassee, Florida’s capital city, a growing community with a population of more than 357,000, the Florida State University, a public, coeducational institution of the 12-member State University System of Florida, has an enrollment of over 40,000 students. The Library system includes thirteen libraries with combined holdings of over 3 million volumes. The Library is a member of ARL, ASERL, CRL, OCLC, and Lyrasis. For more information about the Florida State University Libraries, see our home page at: http://www.lib.fsu.edu/

Anticipated Salary Range

Minimum $47,680. Offer commensurate with education and qualifications.

Pay Plan

This is a Faculty position.

Criminal Background Check

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check.

How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific Faculty job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at https://jobs.fsu.edu. If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.
Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include education details even if attaching a Vita.

Faculty Information

This is a full-time, 12-month non-tenured faculty appointment. Anticipated hiring at the assistant or associate librarian level. Benefits include 22 days vacation, 13 days sick leave, group medical, dental, and life insurance, an optional retirement program or state retirement, and no state or local income tax. With Dean’s approval, may qualify for University tuition scholarship for up to six hours credit each semester. A full listing of benefits can be found at http://www.hr.fsu.edu/PDF/Publications/SummaryofBenefits76.pdf.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.
FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: http://www.hr.fsu.edu/PDF/Publications/diversity/EEO_Statement.pdf


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