The Stanford University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of the Reinhard Family Curator of Judaica and Hebraica Collections. Scholars and/or Librarians having a strong background in Jewish Studies and the humanities in general, and who are interested in supporting world-class research and teaching through a combination of traditional and new collections and services are encouraged to apply.
This position is dual posted at Librarian or Senior Librarian.
The Libraries seek a subject specialist with graduate training in Jewish Studies to develop and manage general and special collections supporting this interdisciplinary field. The scope of the Curator's collecting responsibilities includes not only the full range of published texts in all formats, printed and electronic, but also unpublished primary resources, including digital ones; in short, Stanford Libraries' curators are responsible for building both general and special collections. The Curator also provides advanced reference and bibliographic assistance appropriate to the needs of Stanford's faculty and students and plays an important role in the overall development of Jewish Studies at Stanford. The Curator should possess a deep understanding of research and teaching in Jewish Studies. The curator is responsible for library programs that directly support the needs of Stanford's faculty and students affiliated with the Taube Center for Jewish Studies, coming from such departments and programs such as History, Religion, English, Music, Education, Economics, and the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages. The Curator is responsible for building and maintaining effective relationships with the faculty and students in Stanford's programs in Jewish Studies as individuals and as members of the Stanford Community.
The Curator is a member of the curatorial team responsible for humanities and area studies collections in the Stanford University Libraries, and will work collaboratively with other colleagues in the library. In addition, the Curator will have demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills that enable contributions to the programs and projects of the Libraries and to the University. Appointment to the rank of Senior Librarian requires evidence of an exceptionally high level of professional development and accomplishment.
1. Plans, develops, and manages general, reference, and special collections in Jewish Studies, including area studies of modern Israel, materials published in Hebrew and Yiddish and other Jewish languages, and relevant Israeli publications. Selects and acquires materials in all formats.
2. Provides a range of public services to Jewish Studies researchers at Stanford, including advanced reference and instruction. Maintains close contact with faculty and students of appropriate departments and programs. May teach a graduate seminar or colloquium on research methods and resources in Jewish Studies. May participate in research projects of Stanford faculty and fellows . 3. Coordinates selection with other curators in Stanford Libraries, especially the selectors for Religious Studies. Maintains cooperative relationships with colleagues at the Hoover Institution Library and Archives and the University of California, Berkeley Libraries.
4. Develops and implements, in coordination with the Department of Special Collections, a program for the identification, solicitation, and acquisition of manuscript and rare book collections pertaining to Jewish studies.
5. Collaborates with other curators and selectors in support of interdisciplinary collections and services and in identifying and managing digital library projects and initiatives.
6. Monitors appropriate book funds and manages an annual materials budget in excess of $200,000.
7. Works closely with staff in Technical Services and Preservation to develop policies and procedures governing the handling and processing of Judaica and Hebraica.
8. Promotes the use of Stanford University Libraries' collections and resources through a range of in-person and online outreach activities.
9. Participates in development activities in support of the Libraries, including fundraising and grant writing. Works closely with the Director of Library Development and with the AUL for Collections and Services. Encourages and cultivates close relations with donors of funds and materials relating to Judaica and Hebraica collections.
10. The Reinhard Family Curator of Judaica and Hebraica Collections is a member of the Faculty Executive Board of Stanford University's Taube Center for Jewish Studies, and in that capacity participates in the Center's activities, including meetings of its Core Faculty.
11. May assume responsibilities for additional subjects based on Stanford needs and/or candidate expertise.
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