The Huntington Library seeks a knowledgeable, energetic, and collaborative professional to develop and interpret its collections in the history of medicine, as well as its science holdings through the early modern period. The Molina Curator will be responsible for the intellectual management of print, manuscript, and realia holdings in these areas, creating and maintaining a vibrant collections profile that resonates with the needs of advanced researchers and contributes to the cultural enrichment of the general public.
The Library’s existing strengths in medicine include over 500 medical incunabula and the Lawrence D. Longo and Betty Jeanne Longo Collection in Reproductive Biology, as well as the papers of significant nineteenth- and twentieth-century health professionals. The Huntington is also home to the Los Angeles County Medical Association Collection of 7,000 rare books and journals. Early science materials range from a thirteenth-century Ptolemy Almagest manuscript to landmark works in the world-renowned Burndy Library, acquired by The Huntington in 2006.
The Molina Curator is a newly endowed position in the Library Division’s recently unified Curatorial Department, in which curators take a primarily subject-based approach to The Huntington’s collections, reflecting how researchers use them. This position reports directly to the Chief Curator & Associate Director of Library Collections and will work closely with the Dibner Senior Curator for the History of Science & Technology, as well as other curators with intersecting collection areas. Appointment will be at the curator or senior curator level, depending upon the successful applicant’s experience.
Qualifications include specific academic subject knowledge of the history of medicine and the history of science and an ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science and /or an advanced degree in a relevant discipline, and a minimum of five years of professional work experience in a special collections research or academic library.
Salary commensurate with experience; minimum $71,925. Comprehensive benefits package. Start date: July 1, 2017.
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