Assistant/Associate Librarian - Rare Books -- Texas Tech University Libraries

Post date: January 4, 2023

Position Description

Performs complex professional and administrative functions in the operations of a specialized section in the library; must cooperate and function as part of a team to provide services to all library users. This is an entry-level rank assigned to those beginning their professional careers or those, who upon appointment, do not meet the criteria of Associate Librarian. Under the direction of the department head for Rare Books, the Rare Books Librarian acquires, catalogs, maintains, and promotes the Library's collection of rare and special items (primarily monographs) by working cooperatively with designated staff. Work is performed under general supervision with latitude for individual initiative and judgment. Evaluation is based upon the accomplishment of defined objectives.

Major/Essential Functions

The Rare Books Librarian must be able to gain a broad understanding and familiarity with items in the Rare Books collection and the ability to evaluate the existing collection as well as any potential acquisitions (either purchased or donated), in objective and user-centered ways. Cataloging responsibilities include complex copy cataloging and the creation of original bibliographic records for books and other formats following national standards (AACR2, LCSH, DCRMR, RDA). The Rare Books Librarian must be able to develop a program of outreach and engagement and provide bibliographic instruction and rare books expertise for TTU classes. As subject liaison for Rare Books, this duty will include workshops, classes, and tours. The librarian is also responsible for developing and maintaining web pages and Libguides that enhance the use of the collection. The Rare Books Librarian must also keep abreast of developments in the preservation of rare items and the use of information tools and technology to meet the needs of students, faculty, staff, and community users of Texas Tech University Libraries Rare Books. The Rare Books Librarian provides reference expertise for the Rare Books collection in addition to a regularly assigned reference desk schedule. The incumbent is also expected to engage in scholarly pursuit and other professional activities in accordance with Texas Tech Library's standards for promotion and tenure. The librarian will provide the supervisor with reports and statistics as requested.

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