Job Opening: Curator for Documentary Arts, Duke University Libraries

Editor’s note: Full disclosure, Beth (PCAN co-editor) works at Duke. While this job is not a preservation-related position, it does work closely with the Conservation Services Department and the Exhibits Curator (who happens to be a professional conservator). Thus, I am posting it here so that we can reach a wide audience. Posting is edited for length, complete posting is available online.

Curator of the Archive of Documentary Arts, Duke University Libraries

The Curator provides dynamic and innovative leadership for the Archive of Documentary Arts (ADA), one of several specialized collecting areas within the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. S/he builds distinctive collections of photographs, moving images, audio recordings, and other formats through purchases and gifts; develops public programs and outreach activities for the ADA; participates in fundraising; and works with students, faculty and researchers to facilitate their use of the ADA’s holdings.
Responsibilities

In consultation with Duke faculty and the Head of Rubenstein Collection Development, develops and implements a collection policy to build collections related to documentary studies in all formats, including photography, moving images, audio recordings and text. Negotiates rights, access, and ownership agreements with photographers, filmmakers, and other creators. Develops, manages and monitors budgets assigned to the ADA. Is responsible for the physical receipt and intake of newly acquired materials.

Promotes ADA collections to the Duke community, to the Triangle community, and to a national audience. Partners with programs, departments and centers on campus to plan public programs that highlight ADA strengths and new acquisitions; including symposia, readings, lectures, film screenings, and performances.

With the DUL Exhibits Coordinator and the Director of the Rubenstein Library develops the exhibition schedule for the Rubenstein Library’s Photography Gallery. The Curator of the ADA personally plans, curates and promotes 1-2 exhibitions per year.

In conjunction with the Rubenstein Research Services Department provides advanced research consultation related to Duke’s documentary collections, including responding to reference questions and meeting with researchers one-on-one. Promotes use of subject-specific information resources and services in ways that meet user needs and expectations and utilizing current technologies and information tools. Collaborates with Duke faculty and with library instructors to integrate ADA collections into undergraduate and graduate courses.

 

Experience:

Required: Experience with and knowledge of documentary work in photography, film, or sound; familiarity with standard archival and library procedures demonstrated knowledge of and interest in the history of photography and of photographic processes; ability to relate effectively with users and donors of rare and unique materials; experience and skill in making public presentations; excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; adaptive to working in a dynamic environment prone to change; record of successful project planning and management; ability to work independently and collaboratively as a member of a team; demonstrated commitment to providing outstanding customer services.

Preferred: Three or more years of professional archival/special collections/museum experience; prior professional archival/collection development experience working in special collections or in collection development; prior experience working in an academic research library; prior supervisory experience; knowledge of digital library environment; demonstrated leadership in establishing and implementing successful new programs; familiarity with web publishing technologies; experience with user and/or usability study methodologies; experience with assessment tools and methods; experience with developing digital collections; demonstrated success in grant writing and management.

For complete information and application instructions, see the Duke University Libraries website.

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