Job posting: Associate Curator for Collections, Ohio State University

Associate Curator for Collections (Faculty)
via ALA JobList

The Ohio State University Libraries seeks innovative and dynamic applicants for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum who will report to the Curator.

The Cartoon Library & Museum’s primary mission is to develop a comprehensive research collection of materials documenting American printed cartoon art (editorial cartoons, comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, sports cartoons, and magazine cartoons) and to provide access to these collections. It is the largest and most comprehensive academic research facility of its kind in the United States. Current holdings include more than 450,000 original cartoons; 36,000 books; 51,000 serial titles; and 3,000 linear feet of manuscript materials. Plans are underway to move to a larger location in 2013. The new facility will include expanded collection storage and office space, a larger reading room, a seminar room, and three exhibition galleries dedicated to cartoon art.

Working with the Curator to oversee day-to-day operations; Serving as principal contact and spokesperson for the collection in the absence of the Curator; Overseeing the management of collections including supervising and participating in the preservation, arrangement and description of collection materials (including, but not limited to special collections, archives, papers, manuscripts, original art, published materials, audio-visual materials, and digital materials); Collaborating with Special Collections Cataloging to create collection level records of holdings; Preparing finding aids and inventories in Encoded Archival Description (EAD) or other appropriate metadata schemes; Managing Past Perfect database of original art; Establishing processing priorities and sequence, and maintaining records of the processing status; Receiving incoming archival and special collections and maintaining the library’s accession records; Supervising registration activities including loan management and condition reporting. Supervising staff, students and volunteers on a variety of day-to-day tasks and projects; Providing assistance with reference and research services; Attending appropriate professional meetings; Actively seeking grant support for projects; Interacting with faculty and students in teaching and research.

The Associate Curator positions have faculty status with accompanying University expectations and requirements for tenure and promotion. Library faculty members are evaluated on their teaching, research/publication, and service. They are eligible to receive release time (up to 20 percent) in support of meeting the requirements for promotion and tenure. The tenure initiating unit for the curator positions is the Ohio State University Libraries.

Required: MLS (or equivalent) accredited by the American Library Association. A master’s degree with specialization in archives or a master’s degree in museum studies may be an alternative to the MLS. Experience in processing special and archival collections. The ability to communicate clearly and effectively with faculty, donors, students and others. Extensive and current knowledge of practices relating to the identification, access, control, organization and digitization of visual materials. Knowledge through course work and/or relevant scholarly activity and experience of the history of graphic arts, especially printed cartoon art. Ability to lift 40 pounds.

Qualifications Desired: General familiarity with computer applications in special collections; active participation in appropriate professional organizations; and a record of successful supervisory responsibility. Knowledge of and experience with PastPerfect collections management software and Encoded Archival Description (EAD). Relevant professional experience in an academic library and demonstrated ability to meet faculty requirements for research and publication. Experience providing reference service.

Salary and rank: Faculty rank and salary dependent upon experience and qualifications.

: The University offers competitive benefits in the form of 22 days vacation, 15 days sick leave, 10 holidays, hospitalization, major medical, surgical-medical, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance at 2.5 times one’s annual salary. State and alternative retirement choices are also available.

Founded in 1870, The Ohio State University is a comprehensive, state-assisted university offering a complete environment for learning for its 3,000 faculty and 50,000 students. Additional information about The Ohio State University Libraries is available at

To build a diverse workforce Ohio State encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women. EEO/AA employer

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