FEATURED JOB: Curator of the Historical Collections, Institute for the History of Medicine - School of Medicine; Department of the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University

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Curator of the Historical Collections, Institute for the History of Medicine

Johns Hopkins University

The Institute of the History of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University is conducting a search for a Curator of the Historical Collections, which includes rare books in the history of medicine; significant primary sources from the 19th and 20th centuries; manuscript collections; and a library of scholarship in the history of medicine.

Learn more and apply: https://jobs.jhu.edu/job/Baltimore-Curator-of-Rare-Books-MD-21205/832193700/

Initial review of applications will begin on February 15. 


Curator of Rare Books

The History of Medicine Department is seeking a Curator of Rare Books who will work in the Historical Collections at the Institute and will manage the library and special collections of the Institute of the History of Medicine, a unique research library serving scholars across Johns Hopkins University and a broad international community of scholars in the field. 


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

The Curator is part of a larger shared services model which encourages collaboration across the university libraries, particularly with curators, archivists, liaisons, informationists, and technologists from the Sheridan Libraries, Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives, and the Welch Medical Library. This position entails three primary areas of responsibility:

  • Collections: The Curator develops and manages the rare books and other primary sources, secondary sources, reference materials, and manuscripts in the Historical Collections of the Institute of the History of Medicine. These responsibilities include working with donors and collection creators to further collection goals and stewardship plans; managing designated collection funds and cataloging of rare materials; selecting secondary sources for acquisition; bringing the collections to a larger audience by developing digital initiatives and promoting collections through social media; supervising access to rare materials.
  • Supervisory: The Curator supervises a part time Collections Manager whose roles include cataloging, security, preservation, collection care and maintenance, and a Library Assistant whose work entails circulation of secondary materials, journals processing, management of reserve readings for department courses, and support for exhibitions. The Curator also oversees student workers and interns, maintenance contractors, and administers the general operating and facilities budgets for the Historical Collections.
  • Research The Curator serves as a research resource by offering advanced research consultation related to the collections, including responding to reference questions and meeting with student and faculty users as well as outside researchers.


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Minimum of five years progressively responsible experience in special collections development; familiarity with standard archival and library procedures and engagement with key issues in managing special collections and rare books.
  • Additional graduate education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.*
  • Experience supporting successful undergraduate, graduate, or faculty research.
  • Must be able to work on location in Baltimore, Maryland.


* JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience.  Additional related experience may substitute for the required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job. 

** Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date. 


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree.


Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the history of medicine.
  • Demonstrated grant-writing and project management experience, especially in designing and successfully implementing collaborative public-facing humanities and/or outreach projects, such as digital and physical exhibitions and social media campaigns.
  • Knowledge of current technology and digital humanities tools for exposing and analyzing special collection and rare materials.
  • Ability to cultivate and sustain productive relationships with donors, faculty, administrative and academic staff.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate and work effectively and flexibly within and across organizational boundaries in a diverse organization and with a wide variety of users.
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills with proven success in independently prioritizing work, supervising others, and managing competing deadlines in a dynamic work environment.
  • Enthusiasm for embracing the empathy, courage, self-reflection, and respect that are essential in a multicultural, diverse, and inclusive workplace, and ability to embrace those values in collections, academic, and public service work.


Supervisory Responsibility:

  • Yes (1-2).



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