The University of Toronto Library seeks a highly organized, productive, innovative and flexible librarian to work in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. Reporting to the department head, the incumbent will work closely with other senior Fisher librarians on assigned tasks. Principal responsibilities will be the arrangement and description of modern manuscripts, the preparation of finding aids and rare book cataloguing. The Special Collections Librarian will also work as a collegial member of the rare books and special collections team in the Fisher Library, assisting with reference, outreach, and digital projects. Some evening hours may be required.
The incumbent will:
• Arrange, describe and process modern manuscripts
• Create finding aids for manuscript collections
• Train in and perform rare book cataloguing
• Serve a regular shift on the Fisher Library reference desk
• Participate in outreach activities, seminars, and digital projects
• Other duties as requiredQualifications:
• An ALA-accredited Master of Library or Information Science degree, preferably with a concentration in archival practice, or an acceptable equivalent.
• Demonstrated interest and background in special collections.
• Familiarity with standard office, database and ILS software
• Experience with archival/manuscripts processing and cataloguing and/or metadata
• Ability to work both as part of a team and independently to accomplish assigned tasks within stated guidelines and to deadline.
• Proven communication and organizational skills.
• Discretion and good judgement.
• Experience in an academic library or special collections setting
• Experience in one or more of: reference service, outreach, teaching, digital projectsCompensation:
Salary and Terms of Appointment:
This is a 1-year contract position (limited term contract) to be filled at Librarian I level.
We offer a highly attractive compensation and benefits package, with salary and appointment level based upon experience and qualifications.
The Frick Collection is an art museum consisting of over 1,100
works of art from the thirteenth to nineteenth century, displayed
in the intimate surroundings of the former home of Henry Clay
Frick. The residence, with its furnishings and works of art, has
been open to the public since 1935. It is one of the world’s
most perfect museums. The Frick Art Reference Library, one of
the world’s leading centers for research in the history of art,
was founded in 1920 by Miss Helen Clay Frick (1888-1984) to
further the goals of “encouraging and developing the study of the
fine arts and of advancing the general knowledge of ‘kindred
The Scanning Technician is responsible for operating a Zeutschel OS 12000
HQ book and document scanner at the Frick Art Reference Library. Tasks
include handling fragile library collections, scanning each page of each
book or other library item, monitoring scanning operations, ensuring scans
meet quality standards, and tracking scanning progress. Responsibilities
• Proper operation of Zeutschel scanning equipment. No previous experience
necessary, training will be provided.
• Careful handling of fragile books and other library material for
• Evaluating scanned material to establish that scanning has been carried
• Ensuring that the scanning operation is running smoothly and efficiently.
• Managing, tracking, and reporting of scanning progress.
• Troubleshooting basic scanning or PC (Windows 7) issues.
The Scanning Technician reports to the Digital Project Manager and works
21 hours per week. Work hours take place between Monday and Friday
9:00-5:00. Schedule may be flexible, but must be consistent.
Successful candidates must be well organized, self-motivated, and capable
of handling library collections with care. The position requires standing
for long periods of time. Experience working in a library is preferred but
not required. Successful candidate will be trained by the conservators in
proper procedures for handling library materials and by the Digital
Project Manager in operation of the scanning equipment. Basic proficiency
with Windows 7 required. Proficiency with Adobe CS5 and Adobe Acrobat
Benefits in Employment with The Frick Collection
All employees of the Frick Collection may access free or discounted
admission to most of New York’s finest museums. Additionally, we provide
employees and volunteers with an extremely affordable lunch in our
employee dining room and a discount on Museum Shop purchases. The Frick
Collection offers a beautiful and pleasant work setting and an excellent
opportunity to appreciate some of the world’s finest works of art.
Compensation: $15 per hour.
This temporary position is expected to continue for 6 months or longer.
Chief, Collections Preservation
Email résumé and schedule (days and hours available).
No phone calls please.
The Frick Collection is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Collection does
not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, national
origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation or
any other factor prohibited by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic
and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all
levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort
for a specific period of employment