Curator, Books (2nd posting)

Job identification

Job title
   Curator, Books
Immediate supervisor
   Associate Director, Collection
   Permanent, full time (35hrs/week)
Posting period
   30 July to 3 September 2018
Job entry
   As soon as possible

Job Summary

The key responsibilities of this job are to develop a coherent long term strategy for library acquisitions that relates to the curatorial direction and other Collection acquisitions. The incumbent plans, coordinates, and manages all aspects of the acquisition of library collection materials. In doing so, the incumbent collaborates actively with the curatorial, editorial, collection, and research divisions, as well as with the bookstore and Collection team.

Key responsibilities

Library acquisitions
• In collaboration with the curatorial, editorial, collection, and research divisions, coordinates, plans, develops, and manages all aspects of the acquisition of the library collection, and proposes lines of investigation and acquisition
• Manages and coordinates in collaboration with the Associate Director, Collection, the international exchange program of publications, in relation to curatorial projects and Collection acquisitions
• Collaborates closely with the bookstore staff on ordering and on curatorial selections to be presented
• Actively scouts for new publishers, distributors, and vendors
• Manages and monitors the library acquisition operations and budgets
• Supervises the Acquisition, Assistant and works closely with the Head, Collection Access to improve access to the Collection
• Prepares customs documentation and negotiate with brokers and delivery firms
• Manages the standing order plan: selects series titles for standing order, sets up standing orders, and traces multi-volume sets and series to complete library holdings
• Deals with donors who wish to donate material, providing or arranging evaluations as required

Collection development strategy

• Works closely with curatorial, editorial, and research staff in discussing their projects, and develops a coherent collection development strategy that responds to the CCA’s diverse and changing research needs
• Collaborates with CCA Bookstore staff to maintain currency in recent publications and to exchange information on publications
• Participates in the testing, evaluation, approval, and implementation of new software and upgrades to the Library’s integrated online system

Required qualifications

• Education: Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree from an ALA-accredited institution, and a degree (undergraduate) in the history of architecture or art, or a related discipline in the humanities
• Number of years of relevant work experience: 3 to 5 years
• Excellent knowledge of spoken and written French and English is essential
• Good understanding of the contemporary debate in architecture
• Excellent research skills
• Familiarity with architectural bibliography
• Facility in handling fragile and precious collection materials
• Good understanding of electronic publishing and digital developments
• Good understanding of the out of print book market
• Good understanding of acquisition databases

Please submit your application before September 4, 2018 by email rh@cca.qc.ca to the attention of Human Resources, CCA, 1920 Baile Street, Montreal (Quebec) H3H 2S6. Only successful applicants will be contacted. The CCA is an equal opportunity employer.

For all job opportunities at the CCA, visit our website.

Printable PDF


Sign up to get news from us

Email address
First name
Last name
By signing up you agree to receive our newsletter and communications about CCA activities. You can unsubscribe at any time. For more information, consult our privacy policy or contact us.

Thank you for signing up. You'll begin to receive emails from us shortly.

We’re not able to update your preferences at the moment. Please try again later.

You’ve already subscribed with this email address. If you’d like to subscribe with another, please try again.

Folder ()

Your folder is empty.

Please complete this form to make a request for consultation. A copy of this list will also be forwarded to you.

Your contact information
First name:
Last name:
Phone number:
Notes (optional):
We will contact you to set up an appointment. Please keep in mind that your consultation date will be based on the type of material you wish to study. To prepare your visit, we'll need:
  • — At least one week for primary sources (prints and drawings, photographs, archival documents, etc.)
  • — At least twenty-four hours for secondary sources (books, periodicals, vertical files, etc.)