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Special Collections Senior Librarian/Curator

Company: Washington Private Collection
Location: Arlington
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

Special Collections Senior Librarian/Curator

A very exciting and unique opportunity for an experienced person to manage a large private collection of rare, diverse, historical manuscript material and rare books located in the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area. We are seeking a creative, forward-thinking individual who will not only oversee the care and growth of this unusual collection but develop ways to best utilize and research a trove of exceptional items and writings, many of which have never been published. The material covers an eclectic range of subjects, including but not limited to the history of discoveries in science, innovations in technology, critical American historical figures from the founding of the United States to the present, great writers of literature, creators of landmark films and theatrical productions, as well subjects in many other disciplines, especially philosophy. The ideal candidate will have experience working with rare manuscripts, books, and objects, and include research and curation, ongoing cataloging, and acquisitions. Ideally, the candidate will also have expertise in the aforementioned subject matters.

We seek a professional who can help take this important collection to the next level by identifying the top researchers, scholars, writers, and experts in each field to help determine how best to fully research and utilize the contents of the collection and potentially present and showcase certain extraordinary items to the public.

This position will report directly to the owner. It will entail working with and managing the tasks of other staff.

Primary Roles and Responsibilities
- The person will work directly with the owner, other staff, researchers, visiting guests, and other institutions in order to care for the collection as well as plan, implement, and monitor long-term projects to increase the research utility of to the collection.
-Continued collection development - help identify, assess, and make recommendations on acquisitions to continue building the collection.
- Manage the new acquisitions process, interface with auction houses, dealers, and other owners of similar material
-Conduct conservation assessments and work with conservators as needed to preserve existing and new acquisitions to the collection.
-Maintain and improve the existing digital database as well as the physical files, which document and catalogue the collection
-Oversee the physical maintenance of the Library space, its environmental, mechanical and electronic systems.
-Plan and initiate selected collection digitization efforts
-Manage and curate exhibits to showcase and celebrate the collection's unique and historical items. This may include working with other collecting institutions to initiate the loan of material for exhibition as determined by owner.

Qualifications :
- 5-10 years of experience as a librarian or researcher for a similar entity (e.g. a historical, museum, or special library, a rare book library or private collection, a university research archives, experience in the rare book department of an auction house or with a rare book dealer) or other experience with rare manuscripts, books, and similar delicate and historical research material
- Ideally have experience with one or more library database systems, (the existing computer database uses InMagic), and/or with cataloging systems, textual databases, metadata, and MS Excel and Access
- Proven ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities simultaneously,
- Project management experience: highly organized, able to meet deadlines, and plan proactively
- High attention to detail, excellent written and oral communication skills
- Ability to thrive in a small team environment in a shared workspace
- Discretion and willingness to maintain an atmosphere of confidentiality as required

- Either Full-Time position or at least a 20+ hours per week Part Time position
- Full Time equivalent Base Salary of $70,000-$120,000 per year, which, if preferred, can be converted to hourly for a Part Time position. Exact compensation will depend on the candidate's experience, qualifications, education, and skills.

Contact :
Please submit a resume and cover letter to

Keywords: Washington Private Collection, Arlington , Special Collections Senior Librarian/Curator, Accounting, Auditing , Arlington, Virginia

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