Curator, Friends Historical Library

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Work type: Full Time
Location: Swarthmore
Categories: Staff

Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community. As one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning, Swarthmore College is global in outlook and draws students from around the nation and world. The 425‐acre campus is a designated arboretum, complete with gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails in the Crum Woods. 

Reporting to the College Librarian, the Curator administers the Friends Historical Library (FHL), a semiautonomous special library on the campus of Swarthmore College. FHL is an internationally known research archives in the field of Quaker history. FHL is also steward of Swarthmore College’s institutional archives. Applicant should have significant academic background, an MA or PhD or its equivalent, in a field related to the Society of Friends or its concerns.

The Curator’s responsibilities include: collection development and management oversight; supervision of professional staff; financial administration; reference service to patrons; and work with students and faculty in areas related to the strengths of the collection, especially in the social sciences and humanities.

The Curator provides leadership for FHL in collection development, public service, and technical services. Through identifying, collecting, assessing, understanding, and preserving the appropriate resources, the Curator is responsible for maintaining the Library's status as a collection of record within its area of historical expertise. S/he ensures access to all information sources in support of the curricular and research needs of the College community and other patrons, worldwide.

The Curator is responsible for long-range strategic planning, budget development, policy development, facilities planning and organizational issues, as well as program implementation and evaluations of regular FHL operations. S/he designs, develops, assesses, seeks funding for, and implements new projects for continued high quality service to all patrons; stimulates and facilitates the professional growth and career development of the FHL staff. S/he participates in cooperative work with the Swarthmore College Libraries, the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, and the Tri-College Consortium (Swarthmore, Haverford, and Bryn Mawr College libraries).

The Curator serves as the Library's liaison to Quaker communities, particularly current and potential donors and depositing organizations. The Curator also maintains professional standing in archival and relevant subject fields, often assuming a leadership role in appropriate local, national, and international arenas.

Minimum Qualifications

  • MA or PhD or its equivalent in a field related to the Society of Friends or its concerns.
  •  Familiarity with archival studies or experience working in an archives or special collections library environment.
  •  At least two years supervisory experience.
  • Strong sense of leadership, initiative, and project management, with ability to work independently.

 Preferred Qualifications

  •  Master’s degree in library science (MLS/MLIS) with a focus in Archival Studies or Certified Archivist (CA)
  • Five or more years of related and increasingly responsible experience in an archival or special collections library setting with at least two years in a supervisory capacity.
  • Teaching experience

This is a full-time position scheduled 35 hours per week Monday-Friday. This offers a competitive benefits package and paid time off.  Click here to view employee testimonials and learn about what it’s like to be a part of the Swarthmore community.

Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 

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