The seeks a knowledgeable,
creative, and collaborative individual for the position Curator of
Avery Classics. Reporting to the Avery Library Director, the Curator
will provide leadership and administration for collection development
and resource management of the Avery Classics (rare books) collection.
The Curator will develop and conduct reference and instruction service
programs related to the collection, and coordinate development of
public programs and for Avery special collections.
Collection development & management
* Working with the Avery Library Director, the Avery Classics Curator
sets the collection development policy and establishes collecting
priorities for the Avery Classics collection.
* The Curator manages the Avery Classics acquisitions funds, selects
and purchases for the Avery Classics collection. The
Curator oversees management of Avery Classics collection of more than
40,000 rare books including:
On-site stack maintenance and responsibility for the security and
environmental controls of Avery Classics on-site storage facilities.
* Supervises one full-time rare books clerical assistant, and
occasional grant-supported staff, student workers and/or interns.
* Coordinates movement of collection materials to and from ReCAP
(CUL’s remote storage facility) in collaboration with Avery Library’s
Head of Access Services.
* Coordinates rare materials cataloging with CUL’s Bibliographic
Services and Collection Development Group (BSCDG).
* Coordinates conservation and preservation of Avery Classics
materials in collaboration with CUL Preservation and Conservation
Awareness, outreach & instruction
* Leads efforts to promote and expand the use of Avery Classics
through awareness, outreach and instructional activities. Participates
in programs and services offered through the Avery Library reference
and instruction team.
* Develops exhibitions, public programs, publications and digital
projects to promote awareness and use of the Avery Classics
* Works closely with faculty to build an instructional services
program for Avery Classics with particular emphasis on service to the
teaching and research programs of the Graduate School of Architecture,
Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) and the Department of Art History
* Responsible for on-site and remote assistance for the Avery Classics
collection, and responds to requests for reprographic services,
permission to publish, and loans to exhibitions.
* Participates in the Avery Library reference services including
online and in-person general reference and consultation services.
Digital programs coordination
* Works with the Avery Library Director to envision, develop and
coordinate the Avery Library digital projects program based primarily
on the holdings of Avery special collections. The Curator will
participate in expanding existing projects and coordinate creation of
new Avery digitization projects, websites and electronic publications
in collaboration with the Avery Library staff, the Avery special
collections team and the Libraries Digital Programs Division.
* ALA-accredited masters in library or information science; extensive
knowledge of rare books.
* Advanced degree in architecture, architectural history or related
disciplines, or demonstration of subject expertise in scholarly or
curatorial practice related to architectural disciplines.
* Reading knowledge of one or more European languages; reading
knowledge of Latin, German, Italian or French preferred.
* Demonstrated experience in teaching and research support.
* Enthusiasm for outreach and cultivation activities.
* Familiarity with digital project development and management,
digitization and web technologies.
* Strong organizational skills and excellent oral and written
* Ability to work collaboratively with a broad range of people,
including professional colleagues, students, faculty, and visiting
* Personal commitment to service and professional growth and development
The Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library is one of the most
comprehensive architecture and fine arts library collections in the
world. Avery collects a full range of primary and secondary sources
for the advanced study of architecture, historic preservation, art
history, decorative arts, city planning, real estate, and archaeology.
The Library contains 500,000 volumes including more than 40,000 rare
books, and receives approximately 1,900 periodicals. Avery’s Drawings
and Archives collection includes 1.5 million architectural drawings
and records. The Avery Library is home to the Avery Index to
Architectural Periodicals, the only comprehensive American guide to
the current literature of architecture and design.
Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top
five academic research library systems in North America. The
collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and
serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare
books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The
services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various
academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550
professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries at
www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb <http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb> is the
gateway to its services and resources.
For immediate consideration, please apply online at:
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
Salary: $54,000-72,000, depending on experience.