Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Curator of the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature
Associate University Librarian or Assistant University Librarian

The Department of Special and Area Studies Collections at the University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries seeks a creative, innovative, and service-oriented individual to develop and manage all aspects of its Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature. The Baldwin Library, one of the largest and most important collections of English language children’s books in the world, includes materials published from the mid-1600’s to date. Over $1,000,000 in endowments exist for ongoing support of the collection.

The incumbent will promote awareness of and access to this collection through in-library activities (cataloging, digitization, etc.) and outreach efforts on the UF campus and beyond including lectures and preparation of exhibits. Working collaboratively on departmental and interdepartmental group efforts, the curator will maintain close professional relationships with faculty, students and colleagues and participate in the general department public services program, including Research Room desk duty, to assist patrons and encourage greater awareness and use of the collections (and including providing advanced research assistance on the Baldwin Library collection). The library encourages staff participation in reaching management decisions and consequently the Curator of the Baldwin Library will serve on various committees and teams. The incumbent will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional association activities, to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.

Interested candidates should follow the application procedures outline on the Position Vacancy Announcement at:

All inquiries and submissions of required application materials should be sent to Bonnie J. Smith, Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at: