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Librarian for Outreach and Exhibitions in Special Collection / Vanderbilt University Library

01/10/2019 2:11 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

Position Summary

Librarian for Outreach and Exhibitions oversees the exhibits program for Vanderbilt’s distributed distinctive collections (Special Collections, TV News Archive, and the History of Medicine Collection). This position will manage all aspects of the exhibitions program from inceptions to installation, working with curators and subject specialists to design a robust schedule for outreach and exhibits using our collections. Spearhead outreach for the Special Collections Library by developing robust programming highlighting university materials.


About the Work Unit

The mission of Special Collections is to preserve, store, and provide access to Vanderbilt University's impressive collection of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, memorabilia, and institutional archives. Special Collections supplies primary resource material to a variety of local, national, and international scholars each year. It houses one of the finest twentieth-century Southern literature collections in the United States and is the center for the study of the Fugitive and Agrarian literary groups. Other popular subjects include Southern history and culture, women's issues, civil rights, religious studies, performing arts, and Latin American history, especially Colombian and Afro-Colombian history.


Duties and Responsibilities

Oversees the exhibit program for distinctive collections

  • Coordinates the schedule for a variety of exhibit activities in the libraries, including documentation, design, installation, and de-installation.
  • Coordinates 4 exhibits a year, and up to eight pop-up exhibits.
  • Collaborates with curators, librarians, and others on physical and digital exhibits.
  • Works with the library’s preservation librarian to identify objects too fragile for exhibition.
  • Coordinates with the Office of Assessment, Communications, and Engagement on publicity for physical and digital exhibits.

Serves as the Outreach Librarian for Special Collections

  • Conducts tours and makes presentations on topics of exhibits.
  • Collaborates with faculty to teach with primary source materials.
  • Works with local and regional peers on thematic exhibitions.
  • Plans events for Special Collections (example: Curator’s Talks).
  • Assists with public services in Special Collections as needed.

Research and development

  • Researches, presents, and publishes about new forms of physical and digital curation.
  • Serves on and present regularly to the library’s Collegium of Curators.

Profile of an Ideal Candidate

  • ALA-accredited MLS degree or its equivalent is necessary.
  • Prior employment in a library or cultural resource institution is necessary.
  • At least one year of experience in creating and installing exhibits is necessary.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are necessary.
  • Ability to work independently and to participate in group/team endeavors is necessary.
  • Working knowledge of WordPress, Omeka, Photoshop and Scalar is necessary.
  • Knowledge of at least one foreign language, preferably Spanish, Latin, German, or French is preferred.
  • At least one year of special collections library experience is preferred.
  • Prior experience managing a department fund or budget is preferred.
  • Supervisory experience is preferred.
  • Project management experience is preferred.
  • Graduate degree in History, English, Latin American Studies or other subject specialty is preferred.

About Vanderbilt Benefits

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview.


About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university’s students and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”


Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

To Apply:


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