Rare Books Technical Services Project Librarian
Provide descriptive, technical, and operational support for the Mortimer Rare Book Collection (MRBC) during a large, three-year project to improve access to Special Collections materials, including rare printed books, manuscripts, and archival collections. Assist in the daily work of rare book-related operations and projects, including processing new acquisitions from purchase or gift acceptance to shelf, creating new and updating existing descriptive metadata related to rare books, providing reports and status updates, and otherwise assisting in the acquisitions, description, maintenance, and support of the rare book collection.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Collection Management: Lead shelf reads and improve processes to help maintain order in the rare book stacks. Be the point-person for climate control issues in the MRBC stacks. Oversee processes to make rare book materials shelf-ready, and to identify materials needing specialized housing or additional conservation treatments.
Administration: Organize and maintain MRBC unit files; maintain acquisition and donor records; digitize, track, and report on documentation as needed; supervise student workers and prepare training materials for students and other staff performing this work. Oversee and help refine the accessioning workflow for rare book and MRBC manuscript materials. Help plan and execute projects to address the MRBC backlog.
Cataloging and Metadata Management: Under the guidance of the MRBC part-time rare book cataloger and with ongoing training, increase capacity to catalog rare books to current standards to cataloging projects and workflows. Manage the digitization of materials from MRBC and the upload of digital surrogates and metadata to the library’s digital repository.
Education/Experience: Master’s degree in Library Science required. Some experience working in a rare book or special collections department required. Education or experience in creating bibliographic records required. Education and/or experience in description of rare books strongly preferred. Experience with project management or workflow documentation preferred.
Skills: Knowledge of bibliographic and digital library metadata structures, standards, and best practices: MODS, the DCRM (Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials) suite, and RDA required. Knowledge of best practices for handling, housing, and preservation of rare book and manuscript materials strongly preferred. Demonstrated knowledge of copyright law as relevant to preservation and use of library and archival materials preferred. Proficiency in word processing and spreadsheets; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; ability to organize and prioritize work effectively; accuracy and attention to detail required.
This is a full time, 3 year limited-term position.
Smith College is a EO/Vet/Disability/AA employer.