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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

[LIBJOBS] Special Collections Librarian and Curator of the Herman T. Pott National Waterways Library St. Louis Missouri


Special Collections Librarian and Curator of the Herman T. Pott National Waterways Library

The St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis is currently seeking an energetic library professional for the position of Special Collections Librarian and Curator of the Herman T. Pott National Waterways Library, the preeminent river history collection in the United States.  The Mercantile Library, now in its 170th year, holds historic archival, rare book and manuscript collections in the areas of Missouri history, westward expansion, American business history, and exemplary transportation holdings in river and rail history as well as a growing collection of Missouri and Midwestern art. This position reports to the Executive Director of the St. Louis Mercantile Library.

Librarian  I / II commensurate with qualifications and experience

Primary responsibilities of this position are coordinating processing, digitization and ongoing maintenance of Mercantile archival and manuscript special collections; coordinating collection development and acquisition of waterways materials in all formats; facilitating scholarly access to and ensuring long-term preservation of the special collections; providing in-depth research assistance for both in-person and distance researchers; assisting in developing and implementing Library policies; participating in maintaining and improving donor relations; participating in Mercantile and Pott Waterways special events and programs which include evenings and weekends.  Specific responsibilities include:

1.                  Develops and implements an integrated and coordinated approach for accessioning and processing new acquisitions and backlog holdings; supervising, prioritizing, and participating in archival assessments; accessioning, arrangement and description of archival materials.

2.                  Supervises the preparation of online and printed finding aids, catalogs, or other resources to provide access to the collections in accordance with the standards and best practices of the profession.

3.                  Collaborates with colleagues to enhance discovery of Library holdings through online access and digitization projects; participates in setting digitization priorities; oversees handling of special collections materials while being digitized.

4.                  Participates in developing and implementing metadata standards for digitized and born-digital special collections materials in consultation with other librarians.

5.                  Participates in providing special collections reference service and staffing Rare Book Reading Room.

6.                  Coordinates the work of staff assistants, volunteers, and interns pertaining to assigned collections.

7.                  Participates in events, exhibitions, instruction and outreach, donor relations, and collection development for the Mercantile Library and the Pott Waterways Library.


ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library Information Science.

Minimum one year of experience in a special collections library or archival repository, preferably in a university environment with large archival and special collections holdings.

A history of archival processing projects and collection management projects, both physical and digital.

Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Suite software.

Knowledge of preservation and metadata standards for media and electronic records.

Familiarity with the use of digital asset management systems and metadata for creating finding aids and providing access to digitized materials.

Excellent written and oral communication skills including exceptional public speaking skills.

The ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced and diverse environment.

Ability to safely move carts and book/flatbed trucks loaded up to 50 pounds; lift and bend with boxes or volumes weighing up to 40 pounds; carry large/awkward map carriers; climb and reach on step stools and rolling ladders; handle dollies and book/flatbed trucks.


Second subject advanced degree in relevant field.

Experience with Archivists’ Toolkit, ArchivesSpace, Archon, or similar software.

Familiarity with the descriptive standards for archival and manuscript materials such as DACS or EAD.

Experience in digital collections processing, data migration, and/or digital curation, and with XML editing tools.

Knowledge of or familiarity with other relevant industry standards, such as DCRM, AACR2, RDA, MARC, DublinCore, AMREMM, EAC, MODS, METS, LCNAF, and LCSH.

Demonstrated ability to coordinate, schedule, and handle heavy and complex workloads.

Desirable knowledge includes the practice of archival research and thorough knowledge of rare books, photographs, fine prints and other artwork.

Knowledge of intellectual property rights and issues related to born digital content and digitized special collections.

A good knowledge of American history, preferably including river and /or transportation history.

Reading knowledge of at least one foreign language.

A record of engagement with the archives and/or library professions.

A record of professional presentation, publication, and/or participation in relevant organizations such as SAA or RBMS.

Rank and salary commensurate with experience. Base salary Librarian I: $47,476. Position has substantial benefits package including generous paid vacation and personal days, competitive medical/dental/vision insurance, and retirement plan.

Applications must include cover letter, Curriculum Vitae or resume, and list of three professional references including name, address, email address and telephone number.

Deadline for applications is December 31, 2016.

Applications accepted only through the UMSL Human Resources application system 

Job ID:  21692.

For questions or additional information contact Clinton Berry; No phone calls please.

The University of Missouri-St. Louis is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.




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