Reporting to the Assistant Director for Academic Liaison and Special Collections, and working closely with the Director of Communications and Marketing, the Levy Collection Assistant Curator liaises with the university community and the public for a time-limited period of two years around areas of commissioning new recordings of songs, education and public outreach, scholarly research and academic use, and collection website maintenance. The assistant curator will have major responsibilities in facilitating the interchange of ideas among users of the website and the collection.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
Work with website vendor) to ensure the Collection’s website functionality is accessible to users and responsive to their needs.
Monitor website Make-a-Suggestion feedback form; research and incorporate user suggestions as appropriate.
Connect the Collection to its collector by developing new site content exploring Lester S. Levy’s writings, book excerpts, and lectures/oral histories.
Begin exploratory work to transition website in-house to the Sheridan Libraries, ensuring its sustainability and permanency.
Ensure web viewer compatibility with mobile devices, tablets, and laptops.
Ensure audio integration of newly-commissioned, Libraries’-sponsored performances of sheet music with collection objects on the website.
Develop curricular content for use in JHU course offerings; mobilize / enlist divisional stakeholders such as the School of Education, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and Peabody Institute.
Oversee the sustainable format of curricula so that content is easily accessible for faculty, academic liaisons and other users in the long term.
Conduct research of the collection and publicly present findings via scholarly lectures and other forums.
Act as point of contact / academic liaison to the collection; provide research consultations to faculty, researchers, scholars.
Outreach and Special Programs:
Work with appropriate university and community groups to identify and source musicians for newly commissioned performances of selections from the collection.
Develop programming encouraging engagement with the collection across a variety of identified user groups: historians; musicians; scholars; general public.
Expand JHU student involvement with the collection by developing unique learning opportunities directed at the university community.
Engage students from the Greater Baltimore region through age-appropriate, open educational programs.
Facilitate program through which amateur musicians may record and upload performances of music from the Collection.
Develop collection marketing plans and disseminate communications via email, web, social media, and print to internal and external audiences, including calendar announcements on the Sheridan Libraries website and the HUB.
Develop and disseminate on a regular basis a digital newsletter that explores cross-disciplinary topics relevant to the Levy Collection and provides Collection updates.
Effectively manage and track expenditures against approved grant budget; ensure expenses are properly documented, allocated, recorded, filed and reconciled in accordance with university policy, and grant award terms and conditions.
Liaise with directors from the Gottesman Fund, as needed.
Ability to cultivate and sustain productive relationships with Sheridan Libraries Academic Liaisons, Curators, External Relations staff to promote the study of the collection across the university.
Excellent interpersonal skills to collaborate and work effectively within and across organizational boundaries in a diverse organization with a variety of public users and private stakeholders.
Enthusiasm for embracing the empathy, courage, self-reflection, and respect essential in a multicultural, diverse and inclusive workplace, and ability to embrace those values in collections work.
Strong organizational and analytical skills with proven success in independently prioritizing work and managing competing deadlines.
Demonstrated ability to be flexible, tolerate ambiguity, adapt to change, and successfully work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
Bachelors’ Degree required
Minimum of two years’ work experience in an academic environment or other related experience required.
Additional education (advanced degree) may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
Working knowledge of standards for ethical conduct for special collections
Working knowledge of copyright and licensing
Working knowledge of social media channels and experience with web publishing platforms
Excellent interpersonal, writing and organizational skills
Ability to work independently in a fast-paced working environment
Strong project management skills, including the ability to develop appropriate timelines to achieve desired project outcomes
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
Advanced (Masters or Ph.D.) degree in disciplines relevant to the collection, including but not limited to the following fields: musicology; history; American studies
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Classified Title: Assistant Curator Working Title: Assistant Curator of the Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection Role/Level/Range: ATP/03/PB Starting Salary Range: $22.32 - $30.66 per hour Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus Department name: 10000072-Scholarly Resources &Special Collections Personnel area: Libraries
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