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Special Collections Education and Outreach Librarian

Hamilton College
Clinton, NY

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Special Collections Education and Outreach Librarian

Clinton, NY
Open Date:
Apr 15, 2021

Under the supervision of the Director and Curator of Special Collections & Archives, the Special Collections Education and Outreach Librarian is responsible for promoting, interpreting, and encouraging the use of the Library’s special collections in support of teaching, learning, and research.
Working in a collegial, dynamic, and user-centered environment, the incumbent will

  • forge relationships with faculty to encourage the integration of special collections into teaching and student research
  • provide reference support and assist in interpreting special collections holdings for Hamilton users and visiting groups and scholars
  • promote, develop, and conduct instruction sessions relating to special collections materials
  • manage the operation of the letterpress studio and mentor a student printing club
  • work with special collections and archives staff in the preparation of finding aids for collections and making them accessible using EAD (Encoded Archival Description) in ArchivesSpace
  • work with metadata and digital strategies staff to identify and implement dynamic web-based platforms for on-line bibliographies relevant to our special collections holdings (Shakers, House of David/Mary’s City of David, Inspirationists)
  • assist in preparing exhibits and planning programs to promote special collections
  • develop and execute special projects as assigned
  • supervises staff and students as required


A master’s degree in library science, or a related field, is a requirement. Demonstrable commensurate experience would be acceptable. Above all else, the position requires a deep passion for, and love of, books, print, and manuscript culture, and the right personality to successfully engage students and communicate that enthusiasm to them. This position necessitates an outgoing personality and someone very comfortable doing public presentations.

Previous instructional experience in a college-level or higher setting is strongly desirable. Additionally, facility with book technology and history, i.e., the history of writing, paper, printing, and binding, and an actual knowledge of letterpress printing, are crucial to success in this role. A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and an understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace, is expected. Finally, a strong attention to detail in connoisseurship of books, manuscripts, ephemera, visual materials, and realia, is needed for the creation of effective finding aids to facilitate the discovery of, and access to, our collections.

Application Instructions:

Please submit cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.  Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  However, priority consideration will be given to applicants whose materials have been received by Monday, May 10.


Working at Hamilton College 

Hamilton College is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. It is independent, highly selective, coeducational and residential. Originally founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy and chartered in 1812 as the third oldest college in New York State, Hamilton is today composed of 1,850 students from nearly all 50 states and 50 countries. It is distinguished by a faculty of 190 men and women dedicated to teaching and scholarship, by rigorous academic programs, by an emphasis on teaching students to write well and speak persuasively, and by a commitment to diversity in its broadest sense. The College, with an endowment nearing $1 billion (October 2017), is need-blind in admission and has invested more than $265 million in new and renovated facilities in the past dozen years.  

Hamilton is located on a wooded 1,350-acre hilltop campus overlooking the New England-style Village of Clinton, New York, in close proximity to the Adirondack Park, where hiking, skiing, fishing, boating and snowmobiling abound. The campus is within a 4-5 hour drive of New York, Boston, Toronto and Philadelphia, and there is a rich variety of cultural opportunities on campus and in nearby Utica (10 minutes), Syracuse (45 minutes) and Cooperstown (55 minutes).

As a national leader for teaching students to write effectively, learn from each other and think for themselves, Hamilton produces graduates who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to make their voices heard on issues of importance to their communities and the world. Additional information about Hamilton can be found at

Hamilton College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer committed to attracting diverse and interesting people to its community.

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