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Curator, Books

Job identification

Job title
   Curator, Books
Division
   Collection
Immediate supervisor
   Associate Director, Collection
Status
   Permanent, full time (35hrs/week)
Posting period
   17 April to 16 May 2018
Job entry
   June 2018

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 by email to rh@cca.qc.ca by 16 May 2018 at the latest, to the attention of Human Resources, Canadian Centre for Architecture, 1920 Baile Street, Montreal (Quebec) H3H 2S6. Only successful applicants will be contacted. Please do not call.

The CCA is an equal opportunity employer.

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

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