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Assistant Poetry Curator, Senior Assistant Librarian

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Interested candidates should upload a CV and a separate cover letter that includes contact information for three professional references (including email addresses). The Libraries’ Human Resources Officer may contact you and ask for a statement of research and service interests. Candidates invited to interview for the position will be expected to give a short presentation to faculty and staff of the University Libraries. Nominations and/or questions may be addressed to Cherie Williams, University Libraries’ Human Resources Officer, cbw@buffalo.edu.
Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at info@goer.ny.gov.

Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Assistant Poetry Curator, Senior Assistant Librarian
Posting Number F1700084
Employer State
Appointment Term Term
Position Type UUP Faculty

Posting Detail Information

Position Summary

The Special Collections unit of the University at Buffalo Libraries seeks dynamic applicants for the position of Assistant Curator in the Poetry Collection. Founded in 1937, the Poetry Collection is the library of record for 20th- and 21st-century Anglophone poetry and is comprehensive in its collection of first and other bibliographically significant editions, little literary magazines and journals, broadsides, anthologies, criticism and reference materials. Additionally, the collection holds more than 150 archives and manuscript collections from a wide range of poets, presses, magazines and organizations including James Joyce, William Carlos Williams, Helen Adam, Robert Duncan, Robert Graves, Dylan Thomas, Jargon and Wyndham Lewis. The Poetry Collection is also a regional repository for many of the publishers and arts organizations of Western New York. There are also substantial collections of artwork, audio recordings, ephemera, photographs, visual poetry and zines, making it one of the largest poetry libraries of its kind in the world.

As an active research center for the study of modern and contemporary poetry, the Poetry Collection supports with its materials a wide range of scholarly publications; opens its doors to visiting researchers from around the world; assists with the educational activities of undergraduate and graduate students at UB and elsewhere; hosts lectures, conferences, readings and other events; and loans items to exhibitions.

The Assistant Curator assists the Curator in all activities of the Poetry Collection, including supporting visiting scholars and students in their research, teaching introductory and special-topic graduate and undergraduate classes, collection development, departmental collaboration, community outreach, public presentations and tours for individuals and groups, reference requests, public services and patron billing, publications, interlibrary loans, publicity, communications, planning exhibitions and digital collections, and special events. S/he also participates in all development activities including fundraising, donor relations, gift processing, receiving gifts in kind and grant writing; helps plan the yearly annual fund; manages permission issues with copyright holders; and develops regional, national and international partnerships and collaborations. The incumbent works collaboratively with the Poetry Collection’s Processing Archivist and Poetry Catalogers, is jointly responsible for maintaining order in the storage areas and helps supervise student assistants. S/he supports the Libraries’ vision, mission and values that include open communications, inclusiveness and respect for the individual.

This is a two-year, renewable faculty appointment with rank leading to tenure in an academic, research-oriented environment with expectations for publication and professional service. The Assistant Curator will report to the Curator of the Poetry Collection in the area of Research, Education and Outreach and work collaboratively with other librarians and professional staff across the University Libraries.

Minimum Qualifications

• Ph.D. in English with a concentration in twentieth-century American poetry (degree must be conferred by September 30, 2017)
• Knowledge of twentieth- and twenty-first-century poetry written in English, with particular attention to British, Irish and American poetry
• Teaching experience in a college or university
• Two to three years of experience (broadly defined) working in a literary special collection
• A publication record of scholarly expertise in twentieth-century Anglophone poetry
• Evidence of professional engagement through presentations and publications in regional and/or national settings
• Familiarity with the attitudes and operations of small presses and little magazines and the evolution of contemporary poetry
• Understanding of the nature of archival research and the needs of literary researchers
• Excellent interpersonal, organizational, oral and written communication skills
• Ability to prioritize projects, work on several projects simultaneously, work independently and collaborate with library colleagues
• Ability to work positively and effectively with students, faculty and patrons from diverse backgrounds and holding a diverse range of knowledge in a complex academic environment
• Evidence of professional scholarly interest and the ability to meet the University at Buffalo’s promotion and tenure standards in librarianship, research, service and outreach

Preferred Qualifications

• Coursework and/or training in library science, archives management, preservation, history of the book, book arts or other related field
• Proficiency with the general functions of a university research library (such as interlibrary loans)
• Awareness of emerging trends in scholarship and current issues facing research libraries, such as open scholarship and digital publishing methods
• Familiarity with copyright laws and regulations
• Editing experience

Physical Demands
FTE 1.00
Campus North Campus
Special Instructions to Applicants

Interested candidates should upload a CV and a separate cover letter that includes contact information for three professional references (including email addresses). The Libraries’ Human Resources Officer may contact you and ask for a statement of research and service interests. Candidates invited to interview for the position will be expected to give a short presentation to faculty and staff of the University Libraries. Nominations and/or questions may be addressed to Cherie Williams, University Libraries’ Human Resources Officer, cbw@buffalo.edu.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at info@goer.ny.gov.

Additional Information

Contact Information

Contact's Name Cherie Williams
Contact's Title Human Resources Officer
Contact's Email ublibjob@buffalo.edu
Contact's Phone 716-645-2972

Posting Dates

Posted 05/01/2017
Deadline for Applicants Open Until Filled
Date to be filled

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Documents Needed To Apply

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  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
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