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Rare Books Librarian - REQ20119163

USC Libraries at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) invites creative, collaborative, and outstanding candidates to fill this full-time continuing appointment-track faculty position with an anticipated start date of October 2022. We are looking for candidates with experience managing and developing rare book collections, primary source literacy instruction, exhibition curation, and outreach. Faculty rank commensurate with experience.

USC Libraries

USC Libraries faculty and staff work to advance consequential engagement with our academic and arts communities. We are committed to USC’s unifying values of accountability, integrity, excellence, open communication, well-being, and diversity, equity and inclusion as we support the university’s students, faculty and staff. USC Libraries take pride in our Digital Library, the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study with its Ahmanson Lab, our data and visualization services, and the library’s strong primary source collections including the history of Los Angeles and Southern California; LGBTQ history and culture, particularly relating to West Coast activities and activism; Cinematic Arts; and the Holocaust and genocide and exile studies. For more information on how our libraries support critical, creative, and ethical habits of mind at USC, visit libraries.usc.edu/facts-and-figures and libraries.usc.edu.

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Position Responsibilities and Duties

Reporting to the Head, Special Collections, the Rare Books Librarian will:

  • Shape, guide and participate in collection development, reference, instruction and digitization in partnership with other members of the Specialized Collections portfolio, library users and appropriate library committees and units (e.g. Technical Services & Collection Development, Digital Library, Library IT), while also building the collection in areas and subjects of importance to the USC Libraries, especially in the context of the Collections Convergence Initiative (CCI)
  • Explore potential new areas for CCI and collection development to broaden and deepen the existing rare book collection, and collaborate with users and other librarians in the Specialized Collections portfolio on the same
  • Collaborate with the library’s strategic initiatives division on physical and digital exhibitions and public programming around the collection
  • Participate in all reference services in the department, serve as the main point of contact for the reference requests and consultations regarding rare books and promote the collection through primary source literacy instruction and collaboration with teaching faculty
  • Collaborate with colleagues in the Digital Library to identify and digitize items from the collection. This may include work on grant-funded projects
  • As requested, collaborate with colleagues in Technical Services to enhance the bibliographic description of items in the rare book collection and to coordinate acquisitions and cataloging of new items

Experience and Qualifications

Minimum qualifications: MLIS degree from an ALA-accredited program or non-U.S. equivalent is typically required. In addition, candidates must provide examples of:

  • Three years of experience in rare books librarianship
  • Familiarity with collections care, preservation, and security protocols within a special collections environment
  • Demonstrated experience in and with collection development of manuscripts and early printed books, history of the book and book arts
  • Experience with new technologies that advance teaching, learning and research; evidence of scholarly activity in an area related to rare books and special collections librarianship

Desirable qualifications:

  • Experience working with donors and rare book dealers
  • Reading fluency of one or more Western European languages, preferably German, Latin, or French

Faculty Appointment Rank and Salary

Rank: Assistant University Librarian or commensurate with experience and qualifications

Librarians at USC have faculty status. This is a full-time, continuing appointment track position. Appointment to the continuing appointment track requires the potential to meet the University’s criteria for granting continuing appointment—excellence in librarianship—which librarians achieve by having a significant impact on the development and/or implementation of high-quality collections and/or services. Additionally, librarians must demonstrate the expectation of continued excellence and growth in professional expertise. Starting minimum salary for faculty at USC: $72,000. Administrative appointments receive a stipend. Rank and salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

For more on criteria and qualifications for the appointment, promotion and continuing appointment of librarians at USC:


Benefits include a choice of retirement programs, 22 paid vacation days per year, university holidays, a choice of medical and dental plans, and tuition assistance (for employees and eligible dependents). For more information about benefits see: https://employees.usc.edu/benefits-perks/

Application Procedure

As part of the application, candidates must upload the following documents (PDF format): 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae (including telephone and e-mail address), 3) a list of at least three references that includes the name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address for each referee, and 4) a statement on fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion (no longer than one page in length).

Closing date for applications: August 1, 2022, or until filled.

For more information about this position, contact Marje Schuetze-Coburn, Chair of the Standing Search Committee, at schuetze@usc.edu.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy.

We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at uschr@usc.edu. Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

Position: Rare Books Librarian - REQ20119163
Organization: USC
Location: Los Angeles,  CA 
United States
Posting Start Date: 7/27/2022
Date Posted: 7/27/2022
Status: This listing expires on: 10/25/2022
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