Curator-FL Environmental & Natural History Collection (FLENH)
- University of South Florida
- Tampa, FL
- starting at $55,000 annually
Curator-FL Environmental & Natural History Collection (FLENH)
USF Libraries, Tampa campus
Full-Time, Non-Tenure Track
Salary and Rank: Commensurate with experience, starting at $55,000 annually
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The University of South Florida (USF) Libraries seeks a dynamic, self-motivated, and team-oriented professional to serve as Curator of the Florida Environment & Natural History (FLENH) Collection. The FLENH meta-collection includes both physical and digital collections of historical and contemporary resources documenting environmental change in and adjacent to the state of Florida. It comprises archival materials, rare books, rare maps, data sets, oral histories, and a wealth of complementary collections maintained across the USF Libraries Special Collections and made available through the collection’s website.
Under the direction of the Director, Special Collections, the successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating, enhancing, growing, and sustaining the FLENH through research and publication, embedded curricula, exhibitions, and the application of innovative technologies. An energetic and enthusiastic professional with experience acquiring, using, and/or promoting scientific research collections will lead this strategic collecting area by collaborating with and supervising personnel on the Tampa campus and collaborating with key faculty and librarians across the Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee campuses. Candidates who are invested in the success of all communities developing and using special collections resources devoted to Florida’s environment are actively sought. This is a 12-month, non-tenure track, library faculty position.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Plan, direct, manage, and set strategic priorities and goals for the acquisition, organization, display, digitization, preservation, promotion, and use of the FLENH collection in alignment with the USF Libraries’ Strategic Directions.
- Work collaboratively to identify and engage both individual and institutional donors of materials. Identify sources of external funding and direct the maintenance and expenditure of endowment accounts and/or collection budgets.
- Direct staff, volunteers, student assistants, and/or interns engaged in the organization, description, and preservation of materials in the collection.
- Work collaboratively across units and departments to enhance and expand access to FLENH resources, including preparation of promotional materials.
- Establish processes for prioritizing, ingesting, reviewing, and making available scientific data sets from both existing and new collections.
- Work with the Metadata Team to determine appropriate schema for relevant metadata and provide item and collection descriptions.
- Establish an inclusive vision for the FLENH by fostering diverse and culturally rich collections.
- Contextualize and facilitate use of existing and new collections to support research and instruction using FLENH resources in the sciences and humanities.
- Grow and advance the Libraries’ Florida Environment & Natural History Portal.
- Continuously assess the FLENH program and report on activities relative to the collection, including budget and impact measures.
- Communicate with external institutions/organizations such as libraries, vendors/dealers, or collectors to address their requests related to the collection(s).
- Maintain an active program of professional development, scholarship, and service in areas of relevant expertise. Engage in research and peer-reviewed publications as required for promotion.
Qualifications (Education and Experience)
- PhD in a relevant field, such as Conservation Biology, Environmental Science, Geosciences, or Marine Science; OR a Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program in library and/or information science with an undergraduate degree or considerable experience serving a relevant discipline.
- Two years of librarian, curatorial, research, or academic experience with responsibility for at least one of the following: acquiring, maintaining, or facilitating access to research collections and materials; lecturing.
- Demonstrated ability to oversee and coordinate projects and personnel in a collaborative team environment.
- Evidence of professional growth through publication, association activities, and/or other contributions to the field.
- Strong commitment to interdisciplinary education, research, and outreach.
- Demonstrated record of innovation in developing, implementing, or promoting library collections and services.
- Substantial experience creating, analyzing, or using scientific data sets.
- Experience designing physical or online displays and exhibits.
- Experience with physical and digital archives or special collections.
- Ability to build and maintain a positive workplace culture, fostering and contributing to an environment of diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.
- Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
Information for Applicants
This position is subject to a Level 1 criminal background check.
Job Opening Number: 29177
Posting Date: 11/09/2021
Posting End Date: 01/28/2022
How To Apply
Apply online at Careers@usf.edu and searching for Job #29177, completing the required information and attaching your cover letter and resume. Please include your experience as it relates to the qualifications stated above. YOUR COVER LETTER AND RESUME, PLUS ANY OTHER REQUESTED MATERIAL, MUST BE IN ONE ATTACHMENT. Only online applications are accepted for this position.
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