Dream Job

Next to U.S. Poet Laureate, this could be fun.

Curator of Poetry, George Edward Woodberry Poetry Room
Harvard University,Cambridge, Massachusetts
Salary: Not Specified
Status: Full-time
Posted: 07/16/07

Curator of Poetry, George Edward Woodberry Poetry Room

Duties And Responsibilities: The Curator has primary responsibility for acquisition/preservation/access and use of collection that consists of approximately 15,000 monographs, 12,000 audio recordings, 500 video recordings, 200 periodical titles, 50 linear ft. of manuscript material, 200 broadsides, as well as ephemera, artwork and realia pertaining to contemporary poetry and poetics from entire English-speaking world, as well as poetic works in other languages translated into English; Serves as HCL’s principal liaison w/students, faculty, visiting scholars; Manages collections; in consultation w/Associate Librarian, establishes annual/long-range goals/priorities; supervises staff; manages departmental budget; supervises projects relating to collection; Develops collection through purchases/gifts; Promotes/provides access to collection through digitization; website enhancement; and public programs; Provides knowledgeable reference service to students/faculty/visiting researchers; handles requests for permission to copy/use materials; Recommends conservation/preservation measures/ priorities; Participates in developing HCL’s special collections of contemporary poetry.

Required Education, Experience and Skills BASIC REQUIREMENTS: BA and MLS or equiv.; Substantial/critical knowledge of contemporary poetry and poetics from the English-speaking world; Familiarity w/digital technology in conversion of collections/recordings; Min 3 yrs library and/or archival work exp; Basic knowledge of library systems/catalogs; standards word processing, database and spreadsheet software;

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS: M.A. or other advanced degree in English or American Literature strongly pref; Digital audio workstation experience strongly pref; Strong written/oral communication skills; supervisory/project management skills; ability to work collaboratively w/wide variety of people, especially faculty/students; Exp operating analog/digital audio recording/editing/ playback equipment strongly pref; Ability to lift 40 lbs.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to: http://jobs.harvard.edu/jobs/summ_req?in_post_id=34533 Requisition #30720 Harvard University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Hey, I can lift 40lbs!

This comes from the ALA Job List. Thanks Jilly.


bostonerin said…
You're a shoe-in!

It's clear that going to the gym will have helped you get this job!
January said…
Oh you know it! I'm on it!
deirdre said…
I can well imagine you stepping fully into this.

How did I miss so many of your recent posts? You've been busier than I have and still wrote wonderfully.
kristib said…
Well, Alex is 40lbs, right? So, I guess you really CAN do this job. You can go in and say, well, I can hold TWO children at the same time. Am I qualified?
January said…
If I lift 80 lbs., does that make me "more than qualified?" Maybe "overqualified?"
January said…
Deirdre, thanks. I don't exactly feel so wonderful this week but I'm getting through. Hope your week improves.
Brian said…
I think you'll have no problem gathering references. :)

Good luck!

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