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Position Summary:  The Curator of Library and Archival Collections at  Gilcrease Museum is responsible for administrative oversight and strategic planning for all aspects of the library department’s operations, including books, artifacts, manuscripts, maps, and other special collections materials as well as Museum Archives.

Job Responsibilities:

  • The Curator of Library and Archival collections plays a major role in collaborating with other Museum departments in the development of exhibitions, educational programs and activities, and helping to integrate the Sarah Erwin Library into the overall Museum environment,
  • provides leadership in the areas of library personnel, interns and volunteers, archival and library collection development and acquisition, and academic research,
  • stays up-to-date on the latest public and technical services, collection preservation and security, and implementation of new technologies as it relates to the collection areas of the Library and Archives,
  • maintains regular contact with designated Scholars in Residence,
  • oversees the electronic cataloguing of library collections and Museum Archives,
  • periodically writes articles for Museum publications,
  • participates in the orientation of staff, faculty, volunteers, and  students,
  • works directly with the Museum’s development staff on grants and fundraising activities related to the Library and Museum Archives,
  • reports directly to the Senior Curator and indirectly to the Executive Director of the Museum.


  • Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited graduate school.
  • Three to five years of professional experience in an academic research library.
  • Previous experience in manuscripts, archives and a special collection.
  • Management experience in a research library setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to write articles for scholarly publications and books.
  • A background in history or the humanities, and demonstrated understanding of research methods.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the acquisition, organization, and processing of archives, manuscripts, and special collections.
  • Effective leadership, human relations and oral/written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated effective working relationships with scholars, patrons, donors, students, volunteers, and the public.
  • Working knowledge of electronic library technologies as applied in the traditional functions of Special Collections.
  • Record of participation in professional and scholarly activities.
  • Ability to work with others in a team environment.
  • Ability to work effectively in a collegial manner in an ever-changing environment.

Salary:  $40,000 minimum, commensurate with experience and education.

Application Information:  Please submit a letter of interest, resume and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three references to:  The University of Tulsa, Office of Human Resources, 800 S. Tucker Dr., Tulsa, OK 74104 or email to or via fax to 918-631-3543.  The review of applications will commence August 28, 2009 and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Tulsa is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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