Reporting to the Director of the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives & Rare Book Library, the Curator of African American Collections is responsible for developing, promoting, and activating the Rose Library’s African American Collections. The incumbent will build the Rose Library’s African American collections in all formats, observing best practices for collection development through donation and purchase, and will develop and maintain the African American collections in alignment with Rose Library, Emory Libraries and Emory University priorities.
The highly collaborative curator actively promotes engagement with the collections through programmatic outreach, public programming, and instructional activities and serves as a resource for students, staff, researchers, and scholars interested in doing work in the Rose Library and its collections. The curator proactively partners with faculty at Emory to create opportunities for students to engage the collections in public scholarship and digital humanities initiatives enhancing access to the collections. The curator will develop relationships with donors to help support the library’s financial capacity to acquire and care for the collections. The curator will also employ best practices, in collaboration with the Assistant Director of the Rose Library for Collection Strategies, for the acquisition of materials for the collection, attending to both the bigger picture goal of building the collections, and the day-to-day administrative details required for successful finalization of acquisitions. The curator is also a highly visible role in the community and seeks out opportunities to promote broad public engagement with the collections, working in collaboration with Campus and Community Relations and Emory offices and programs.
The Curator of African American Collections participates as a member of the library and university community by serving on various committees as a committed member of the institution. In the Rose Library in particular, the Curator of African American Collections serves as a member of several key committees; ensuring that curatorial work is in alignment with broader Rose Library priorities and initiatives.
In addition, the Curator of African American Collections actively contributes to the scholarship related to African American history through publications, conference talks, lectures, exhibitions, and public presentations on behalf of the Rose Library and Emory University. The curator will have an interdisciplinary approach, rigorous academic background, and ability to build connections beyond the academy through public scholarship. The ideal candidate will further be able to activate the collections in service of promoting anti-racist practices through elevation of history and grounded in evidence found in the archives.