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Associate Curator for Outreach and Engagement

Associate Curator for Outreach and Engagement

The Ohio State University Job Location: Ohio Date Created: 10-17-2014

Associate Curator for Outreach and Engagement,

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

 The OSU Libraries has built rich and deep special collections documenting American printed cartoon and comics art (editorial cartoons, comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, sports cartoons, and magazine cartoons). The Associate Curator for Outreach and Engagement coordinates, facilitates, and enhances activities that advance student, faculty and public awareness of, use of, learning with and access to the distinctive and unique collections held by the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.  The Associate Curator for Outreach and Engagement will interpret the collection for both the academic community and the broader public through innovative and engaging exhibitions and other targeted educational and public programming. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • In conjunction with the curator and subject librarians, develops collaborations with faculty and academic departments to foster the use of BICLM distinctive collections and intellectual content to advance teaching and learning at Ohio State and beyond.
  • Works with Curator and Exhibits Coordinator to schedule, plan, design, and install dynamic, educational and user-centered exhibitions in Sullivant Hall galleries to establish the BICLM as a gathering place for intellectual inquiry and to provide lifelong learning opportunities.
  • Collaborates across OSUL and the university to organize, develop, and execute educational programs such as workshops, lectures, artist’s presentations, and exhibition tours for diverse audiences including students and faculty at OSU and the general public.
  • Manages Docent Program partnership with Wexner Center for the Arts. 
  • Cultivates relationships with the cartoon and comics community, including potential collaborators and donors of funds and gifts-in-kind.
  • Advises the curator on aligning collecting with teaching and learning and assists in collections development, including discovering, evaluating and facilitating the acquisition of new materials.
  • Collaborates with OSUL and University Communications to effectively market and publicize BICLM’s collections, services, and programs.
  • Raises awareness, engages new audiences and encourages the scholarly use of the library’s holdings through leveraging the online environment.
  • In collaboration with the Coordinator of Assessment, Teaching and Learning, and the Exhibits Coordinator where appropriate, evaluates impact of teaching, exhibits and educational programs as a foundation for reporting, program improvement and new services.  Delivers meaningful assessment data to be used in quarterly reports. 
  • Collaborates with the Curator, Associate Curator for Collections, and Special Collections Description and Access unit on processing required for special collections to be used effectively for teaching and learning. 
  • Participates proactively on library-wide committees, task forces and teams.
  • Contributes to developments in the field of special collections librarianship and/or comics studies through active professional engagement and research, presenting and publishing in appropriate venues.  

Required Qualifications:

  • MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the history of and current trends in cartoons and comics.
  • Experience teaching classes in an academic environment and collaborating with instructors on course and assignment design incorporating cartoons and comics into the curriculum of multiple disciplines.
  • Experience creating exhibitions of art and/or popular culture materials.
  • Experience with organizing and executing public programming, including presentations, lectures, and workshops.
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, presentation and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1 year of professional experience working with a popular culture special collection in a research library.
  • Experience with exhibition installation, including matting and framing works on paper.
  • Experience using social networking tools to promote special collections.
  • Experience curating cartoon and comics exhibitions.
  • Excellent organization and project management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage a wide variety of audiences and to work cooperatively in a diverse and team-oriented setting.

About The Ohio State University:

Founded in 1870, The Ohio State University is a world-class public research university and the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state of Ohio. With more than 63,000 students (including 56,000 in Columbus), the Wexner Medical Center, 14 colleges, 80 centers and 175 majors, the university offers its students tremendous breadth and depth of opportunity in the liberal arts, the sciences, and the professions.

The Ohio State University Libraries contribute to the University’s eminence as dynamic partners and campus leaders in advancing inquiry and discovery for OSU, the state of Ohio and for an ever expanding community of world scholars. Additional information about The Ohio State University Libraries is available at http://library.osu.edu.


The position is a full-time, permanent, 12-month tenure-track faculty appointments and reports to the Curator, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. Salary and faculty rank are dependent on qualifications and experience.


The University offers competitive benefits in the form of 22 days’ vacation, 15 days’ sick leave, 10 holidays, hospitalization, major medical, surgical-medical, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance at 2.5 times one’s annual salary. State and alternative retirement choices are also available. For a summary of benefits, see: http://hr.osu.edu/hrpubs/ben/fs-bensummaryreg.pdf.


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by November 9, 2014. Please send cover letter, CV, references, and salary history and requirements to Kelly Rose at rose.900@osu.edu. Please include Associate Curator for Outreach and Engagement in the subject field.

Contact Information: Kelly Rose, Human Resources, 1858 Neil Avenue Mall, Columbus, OH 43210, 614-292-5917

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

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