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University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Curator/Head of Special Collections & Gallery

Location: Baltimore, MD
Posted: February 05, 2018
Application Deadline: March 09, 2018


University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Jill Johnson
Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery, 1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD, 21250

The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery seeks an individual to serve as the Head and Curator of the Special Collections and Gallery. The individual will serve as part of a creative and user-focused team in directing, managing, preserving, and exhibiting UMBC's photography, book, and archival collections. The ideal candidate will be a bold and strategic thinker, possess a broad knowledge of the history of photography, and have a sound knowledge of current trends in the special collections field, including in-depth command of digital issues as they relate to special collections.

The candidate will
•provide ongoing day-to-day and long-term direction, supervision, and guidance to department staff in their operations, policies, and procedures;
•foster cross-departmental collaboration and relations with campus and community stakeholders to extend the reach and impact of UMBC's collections;
•articulate a vision for services in the Special Collections and Gallery that bolsters the Library's Strategic Plan and incorporates dynamic activities in the areas of discovery, teaching, preservation, digital preservation and presentation, and outreach to new and existing audiences;
•work independently and collaboratively with staff to develop and implement in-house and traveling exhibitions, publications, lectures, gallery talks, exhibition labels, web-based media, and other forms of communication.

As the primary contact for all collection donors, the Head and Curator will be thoughtful and strategic in building relationships with collection donors and accepting materials into the collections. The individual will serve as a key external liaison and spokesperson for collection, exhibition, publication, and program matters, and assumes an active role in raising funds for department purposes.

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