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Curator, Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature

Curator, Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature

University of Florida/George A. Smathers Libraries Job Location: Florida Apply By: 02/08/2021 Date Created: 12-22-2020

POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT Curator, Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature Assistant University Librarian or Associate University Librarian  The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida seek a collaborative, curious and knowledgeable colleague to lead the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature. The Curator of the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature is a year-round (12 month) tenure track library faculty position, which will lead a preeminent collection known for its exceptional breadth and depth in Anglo-American holdings. The Baldwin Library supports emerging scholarship by actively diversifying its holdings and applying a critical lens to collections and activities. Major endowments support the Baldwin Library and its activities, enabling the Curator to establish new directions for this renowned collection. Exciting recent directions have included interactive technologies such as movables and games; women in science; African-American children’s literature and materials on race; and collaborative acquisition and instruction. The Curator manages materials and access, from acquisition to cataloging and digitization, and engages the UF campus and beyond through instruction, exhibits, collection promotion, and collaboration on projects and work groups. The Curator deepens and expands support for the study of children’s literature and interdisciplinary topics, and engages with faculty, students, and the Center for Children’s Literature and Culture. The Curator oversees fellowship programs which support the research of scholars, librarians and educators in the Baldwin Library, and serves as a bridge between public and academic librarians through the Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship. Previous Curators have forged important regional, national and international partnerships or created major open access digital collections. We look forward to hearing the next Curator’s vision for the Baldwin Library and supporting the Curator in achieving great success.  The Libraries encourage faculty and staff participation in reaching management decisions, and consequently the Curator of the Baldwin Library will serve on various committees and teams. To support all students and faculty, and foster excellence in a diverse and collaborative society, the Libraries actively seek candidates who bring culturally-rich lived experiences and awareness to work with individuals of different backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation, and perspectives. Alongside the Special and Area Studies Collections Department, the Curator will be part of the University of Florida’s commitment to anti-racism (https://antiracism.ufl.edu/).The Curator of the Baldwin Library will pursue and be supported in research and professional service opportunities in order to meet requirements for tenure and promotion. The search will remain open until February 8, 2021, and review of applications will begin on January 18, 2021.   For a full description of the position and instructions on how to apply, please refer to the George A. Smathers Libraries faculty recruitment webpage at http://library.ufl.edu/pers/FacultyPositions.html. The University of Florida is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply. Address inquiries to Tina Marie Litchfield, Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at: tlitchfield@uflib.ufl.edu.

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