Curator, Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature (Assistant University Librarian or

Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Dec 16, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time


The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida seek a collaborative, curious and knowledgeable colleague to lead the Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature. The Curator of the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature is a year-round (12 month) tenure track library faculty position, which will lead a preeminent collection known for its exceptional breadth and depth in Anglo-American holdings. The Baldwin Library supports emerging scholarship by actively diversifying its holdings and applying a critical lens to collections and activities. Major endowments support the Baldwin Library and its activities, enabling the Curator to establish new directions for this renowned collection. Exciting recent directions have included interactive technologies such as movables and games; women in science; African-American children’s literature and materials on race; and collaborative acquisition and instruction.

The Curator manages materials and access, from acquisition to cataloging and digitization, and engages the UF campus and beyond through instruction, exhibits, collection promotion, and collaboration on projects and work groups. The Curator deepens and expands support for the study of children’s literature and interdisciplinary topics, and engages with faculty, students, and the Center for Children’s Literature and Culture . The Curator oversees fellowship programs which support the research of scholars, librarians and educators in the Baldwin Library, and serves as a bridge between public and academic librarians through the Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship . Previous Curators have forged important regional, national and international partnerships or created major open access digital collections. We look forward to hearing the next Curator’s vision for the Baldwin Library and supporting the Curator in achieving great success.

The Libraries encourage faculty and staff participation in reaching management decisions, and consequently the Curator of the Baldwin Library will serve on various committees and teams. To support all students and faculty, and foster excellence in a diverse and collaborative society, the Libraries actively seek candidates who bring culturally-rich lived experiences and awareness to work with individuals of different backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation, and perspectives. Alongside the Special and Area Studies Collections Department, the Curator will be part of the University of Florida’s commitment to anti-racism ( ).The Curator of the Baldwin Library will pursue and be supported in research and professional service opportunities in order to meet requirements for tenure and promotion.


The Curator will establish an inclusive vision for the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature, skillfully managing and developing collections, services and programs, with support from colleagues and resources in the department and across the Libraries. The Curator:

  • Develops strategic priorities for the collection and its activities that align with the Libraries’ Strategic Directions , including a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and awareness
  • Acquires materials to meet emerging needs and to maintain strengths of the collection, staying current in best practices of library and academic fields
  • Manages all aspects of Baldwin Library holdings, support and services by evaluating and planning for collection needs, space management, preservation and conservation, cataloging and digitization, personnel, funds, and collection data, collaborating with specialists as needed
  • Provides research assistance, consultations, orientations, and instructional support
  • Establishes and maintains vendor and community relationships
  • Seeks external funding through grants or partnerships, and maintains and cultivates relations with donors, in coordination with Libraries leadership, development personnel, and specialists
  • Furthers digital or other access efforts that reduce barriers to use of materials
  • Creates and maintains research tools such as bibliographies or other descriptive guides to support the collection and its use
  • Promotes the collection through programs, events, tours, social media and other activities
  • Acquires, maintains and disseminates knowledge related to the broad specialization of children’s literature and culture
  • Performs scholarly research and provides service at the institutional and professional levels as related to assignment and in accordance with tenure and promotion criteria


  • Master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited library school or advanced degree in a field relevant to children’s literature or historical childhood studies.
  • Minimum two (2) years of relevant experience for appointment as Assistant University Librarian. Minimum eight (8) years of relevant experience required for appointment as Associate University Librarian.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with children’s literature or historical childhood studies as an academic discipline.
  • Experience curating or providing access to library, archival or other collections.
  • Record of teaching, research, or service that can be applied to making libraries more diverse, inclusive, and equitable.
  • Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in teams and individually with faculty, staff and students.
  • Initiative, flexibility, and the ability to seek out opportunities in a complex, dynamic academic environment.
  • Demonstrated organizational and planning skills.
  • Strong potential for meeting the requirements of tenure and promotion


  • Evidence of creative and innovative approaches to access and use of library materials.
  • Experience with instruction, exhibitions, and/or engagement relevant to a learning or knowledge environment
  • Record of creating and maintaining strong collaborations with culturally diverse audiences and colleagues
  • Familiarity with information and digital-based technologies for office and library systems.
  • Experience creating and maintaining online content.
  • Experience relevant to managing budgets.
  • Supervisory experience.

Research indicates that applicants from underrepresented groups are hesitant to apply for positions if they do not meet all of the required and preferred qualifications. We want to emphasize that the preferred qualifications are not required and that we are committed to helping our future colleague develop these preferred skills. We strongly encourage those who are passionate about student success and working with underrepresented populations to apply. Additionally applicants are encouraged to communicate the ways in which their work fulfills the required qualifications in ways that may not be obvious.

Application Process

To apply, submit

  • a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position
  • a written statement regarding: “New directions for a preeminent collection of historical children’s literature” (250 words)
  • your current resume or CV
  • a list of three references including their contact information (telephone number and email address)

Apply by February 8, 2021 (applications will be reviewed beginning January 18, 2021). Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please contact Bonnie Smith, George A. Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at .

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at .

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.


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