Librarian For Special Collections

Carnegie Mellon University

Join us in building a transformative library at the heart of research and teaching. Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is home to world renowned faculty leading the way in their fields and preparing the next generation of innovators.

We invite applications from creative professionals who thrive in a team-oriented and project-driven work environment to serve as Librarian for Special Collections. The appointee will have oversight of print collections held in the Hunt Library’s Fine and Rare Book Room and in the Posner Memorial Collection. There is also an eclectic array of art and artifacts, together with a growing volume of realia focused on the history of computing and robotics.

You will work closely with students and faculty from across CMU, and in collaboration with library faculty and staff, most notably within our University Archives and Digitization Lab, as well as with our disciplinary liaison librarians and our team of digital research and publishing specialists. There are also opportunities to work with the numerous cultural and historical organizations throughout Pittsburgh.

This is an amazing opportunity for someone with a boundless imagination and energy, who is excited to share original and rare materials with our community. This could mean creating experiences for students to interact with original editions of Shakespeare, Galileo, and Copernicus, pre-digital computer artifacts and some of the first artwork created by artificial intelligence software. You will also serve an important role in weaving together the story of science and information technology in a widely encompassing manner.

We are especially interested in someone who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching and/or service, and have a demonstrated record in working with international and underrepresented minority students.


Under the leadership of the Associate Dean for Innovation, Preservation, & Access you will:

Manage, preserve, and care for the materials and physical environment of the Special Collections, namely within the Fine and Rare Book Room (Hunt Library) and the Posner Collection (Posner Center)

Curate, facilitate, and promote exhibits and digital collections

Participate in the development of public outreach and pedagogically-oriented initiatives

Integrate the collections and related materials to promote the research and educational aims of CMU

Build and (re)shape the collection in a methodical and strategic manner with a shifting emphasis around the history of science, technology, and design

Explore the possibilities of and collaborate in using augmented reality, computer visioning, machine learning, and data science applications across the Library’s digitized collections

In addition to providing excellent stewardship and proactive outreach and engagement, you will be encouraged and supported in developing or continuing your own program of research and scholarship related to information science and librarianship or to aspects of your disciplinary domain. You will also participate in governance and projects through various committees and working groups.

As a Librarian, you will be a member of the library faculty. Initial appointment rank and salary are commensurate with experience.

To be considered for reappointment or promotion, you will be expected to demonstrate excellence in librarianship and in research or scholarship. For more information, please visit:



MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution OR international equivalent; OR advanced degree relevant to CMU’s fields of research and education

Experience in the curation, management, and conservation of rare books and associated collections

Experience using digital platforms to curate and share materials

Excellent organizational, communication, and presentation skills

Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively interact with diverse groups including colleagues, faculty, students, administrators, and donors.

Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team

Dedication to personal and professional growth


Familiarity with planning and curating exhibits (physical and/or digital)

Awareness of digitization and metadata practices

Familiarity with advancement practices and cultivating donor relationships

Teaching experience

Record of scholarly achievement

Knowledge of rare book/archival cataloging standards

How to Apply

Anticipated start date January 2020, to allow for a transition period working alongside the incumbent who will retire in June 2020.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a priority given to those who apply by September 27, 2019.

Questions may be directed to Nikhil Shirali, Talent Strategy, Office of Human Resources (OHR).

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Posted on September 3