Assistant Curator for Acquisitions, University of Texas, San Marcos


Location: United States, Texas, San Marcos
Job Types: Professional
Categories: Special Librarianship
Archives/ Records Management
Texas State University – San Marcos
Albert B. Alkek Library
Special Collections Department

The Special Collections Department of Texas State’s Alkek Library seeks an Assistant Curator for Acquisitions.
This position reports to the Curator and is responsible for identifying and acquiring significant archives of Southwestern writing and significant works of Southwestern and Mexican photography on behalf of the Wittliff Collections.

= Identify significant archives of Southwestern writing and significant works of Southwestern and Mexican photography on behalf of the Southwestern Writers Collection and the Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection;
= Maintain an acquisitions database and a database of all artists who should be considered for acquisitions;
= Acquire the significant archives in consultation with the curator, founding donor, and other assistant curators;
= Write text for correspondence, proposals, newsletters, press releases, exhibits, handouts, public programs, and other written needs;
= Help develop written policies and procedures for the Collection;
= With curator, manage all aspects of the acquisitions process;
= Engage in professional activities in accordance with Texas State University’s standards for promotion for professional librarians and curators.

= ALA-accredited MLS or related master’s degree;
= Strong oral and interpersonal skills to establish rapport with a variety of people including founding donor, head curator, writers, photographers, collectors, galleries, dealers, appraisers, and other relevant parties;
= Knowledge of Southwestern literature and Southwestern and Mexican photography;
= Skill in Composing and editing complex, professional-level prose;
= Ability to read and interpret books, articles, technical manuals, and written inquires;
= Problem solving and decision-making skills to identify and acquire appropriate archives for the collections;
= Proficiency in basic math and accounting procedures;
= Ability to effectively use computer hardware and software.

= Knowledge of Spanish;
= Understanding of rare and fragile materials;
= Knowledge of Collection Development practices.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: $39,960 – $63,707 annually depending on assigned rank based on qualifications and experience. Advancement in rank is available through the Librarian/Curator Career Ladder. Benefits include monthly contribution to health insurance/benefits package and retirement program. No state or local income tax.

BACKGROUND CHECK: Employment with Texas State University – San Marcos is contingent upon the outcome of a criminal history background check.

The Southwestern Writers Collection preserves and exhibits the personal papers and memorabilia of the region’s leading writers, filmmakers, and musicians. The Wittliff Collection of Southwestern & Mexican Photography is a photo archive and creative center devoted to the visual culture of Mexico and the southwestern United States, showcasing the works of distinguished photographers whose images will delight and inspire those exploring the visual heritage of the region. Both collections are part of the Special Collections Department of the Alkek Library and are now known as the Wittliff Collections.

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Texas State University-San Marcos is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Texas State, a member of the Texas State University System, is committed to increasing the number of women and minorities in administrative and professional positions.

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