Curator, Florida Environment & Natural History (FLENH) Collections

at University of South Florida Libraries (view profile)
Location Tampa, Florida
Date Posted November 22, 2021
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Education Requirements PhD in a relevant field, such as Conservation Biology, Environmental Sciences, Geosciences, or Marine Science; OR a Master’s degree from an ALA accredited program in Library and/or information science with an undergraduate degree or considerable experience serving a relevant discipline.
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $55,000
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency Commensurate with experience
Hourly or Salary? Salary
Pay Grade Faculty


Curator, Florida Environment & Natural History Collections


The University of South Florida (USF) Libraries seeks a dynamic, self-motivated, and team-oriented professional to serve as Curator of the Florida Environment & Natural History (FLENH) Collections. The FLENH meta-collection includes both physical and digital collections of historical and contemporary resources documenting environmental change in and adjacent to the state of Florida. It comprises archival materials, rare books, rare maps, data sets, oral histories, and a wealth of complementary collections maintained across the USF Libraries Special Collections and made available through the collection’s website.

Under the direction of the Director, Special Collections, the successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating, enhancing, growing, and sustaining the FLENH through research and publication, embedded curricula, exhibitions, and the application of innovative technologies. An energetic and enthusiastic professional with experience acquiring, using, and/or promoting scientific research collections will lead this strategic collecting area by collaborating with and supervising personnel on the Tampa campus and collaborating with key faculty and librarians across the Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee campuses. Candidates who are invested in the success of all communities developing and using special collections resources devoted to Florida’s environment are actively sought. This is a 12-month, non-tenure track, library faculty position.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Plan, direct, manage, and set strategic priorities and goals for the acquisition, organization, display, digitization, preservation, promotion, and use of the FLENH collection in alignment with the USF Libraries’ Strategic Directions.

• Work collaboratively to identify and engage both individual and institutional donors of materials. Identify sources of external funding and direct the maintenance and expenditure of endowment accounts and/or collection budgets.

• Direct staff, volunteers, student assistants, and/or interns engaged in the organization, description, and preservation of materials in the collection.

Work collaboratively across units and departments to enhance and expand access to FLENH resources, including preparation of promotional materials.

• Establish processes for prioritizing, ingesting, reviewing, and making available scientific data sets from both existing and new collections.

• Work with the Metadata Team to determine appropriate schema for relevant metadata and provide item and collection descriptions.

• Establish an inclusive vision for the FLENH by fostering diverse and culturally rich collections.

• Contextualize and facilitate use of existing and new collections to support research and instruction using FLENH resources in the sciences and humanities.

• Grow and advance the Libraries’ Florida Environment & Natural History Portal.

• Continuously assess the FLENH program and report on activities relative to the collection, including budget and impact measures.

• Communicate with external institutions/organizations such as libraries, vendors/dealers, or collectors to address their requests related to the collection(s).

• Maintain an active program of professional development, scholarship, and service in areas of relevant expertise. Engage in research and peer-reviewed publications as required for promotion.