Curator -- Baylor University -- Waco, TX

Baylor University: Office of the Provost: Libraries: Armstrong Browning Library
Location: Waco, Texas
Open Date: Mar 10, 2020

Baylor University seeks to fill the following curator position within the Armstrong Browning Library, Baylor University Libraries.

The Armstrong Browning Library's curator is instrumental in providing access to and promoting the use of the Armstrong Browning Library’s unique collections. The Curator supports the mission of Baylor University by sharing a highly focused collection of nineteenth-century research materials with Baylor students and scholars from around the globe in order to stimulate critical thinking, disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship, and transformational education. The Curator will provide exceptional research and reference services and support, engage with the curriculum to enhance teaching and learning, support the teaching and research needs of Baylor faculty and students and the broader scholarly community through collection development, and participate in outreach activities. This is a full-time, 12-month academic professional position with faculty status.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides creative leadership, vision, and direction which facilitates access to and promotes the use of the ABL’s collection by a broad audience;
  • Provides exceptional research and reference services and support as part of a dynamic service-oriented team;
  • Seeks opportunities to collaborate with faculty and academic departments to incorporate collection materials into graduate and undergraduate curricula to enhance teaching and learning;
  • Connects a wide variety of users to the ABL and its resources through tours, presentations, social media, and the development of physical and digital exhibitions;
  • Builds and manages, in coordination with the Director, the ABL's collection of rare books and manuscripts to support the teaching and research needs of Baylor faculty and students and the broader scholarly community;
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues in Cataloging & Metadata and Digitization & Digital Preservation to increase discovery, access, and use of collection materials;
  • Participates in planning, policy development, and ABL decision making;
  • Assists with fundraising, grant writing, marketing, and outreach;
  • Trains and supervises graduate and undergraduate student workers as needed;
  • Participates in professional development activities by attending local and national conferences and meetings and maintaining membership in professional organizations;
  • Participates in library-wide initiatives through committees and task forces;
  • Meets University expectations for scholarship and service;
  • Participates in the academic library community through research, presentations, and writing on topics related to the areas of responsibility;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Job Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution;
  • Experience working with rare books and special collections;
  • Familiarity with new library technologies and trends;
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively in an academic setting, with outstanding oral communication, written communication, and interpersonal skills;
  • Flexibility and willingness to take initiative;
  • Ability to manage multiple simultaneous projects and competing priorities;
  • Effective organizational and presentation skills;
  • Commitment to continual development of professional knowledge and skills.

Desired Job Qualifications:

  • Supervisory skills;
  • Thorough knowledge of library and archival theory, methods, and practices;
  • Basic knowledge of preservation techniques;
  • Knowledge of rare book librarianship principles;
  • General knowledge of Victorian literature, history, and scholarship on the era;
  • Maturity and experience in making decisions;
  • Ability to work well with interruptions;
  • Bibliographic knowledge of French, Greek, Italian, and/or Latin.

Application Instructions:
Initial review of applications will begin on April 6th, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. All applicants must submit an online application through:

The following materials are required for an application to be considered complete:

  • cover letter addressing the position description and candidate’s qualifications;
  • current curriculum vitae;
  • contact information (names, email addresses, and phone numbers) for three potential references from whom letters of recommendation may be requested and who may be contacted; and unofficial copies of transcripts

To learn more about the above position, the Armstrong Browning Library, and Baylor University, visit For questions about the position or application process contact Laura French (, chair of the search committee or

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, consistently listed with highest honors among The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For.” The University is recruiting new faculty with a deep commitment to excellence in teaching, research and scholarship. Baylor seeks faculty who share in our aspiration to become a tier one research institution while strengthening our distinctive Christian mission as described in our strategic vision, Pro Futuris, ( and academic strategic plan, Illuminate ( As the world’s largest Baptist University, Baylor offers over 40 doctoral programs and has more than 17,000 students from all 50 states and more than 85 countries.

Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, marital status, pregnancy status, military service, genetic information, and disability. As a religious educational institution, Baylor is lawfully permitted to consider an applicant’s religion as a selection criterion. Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

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