Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
The University and the Library
Yale University is one of the foremost universities of the world, preeminent in scholarship and
research in the various fields of the humanities, the sciences, the social sciences and in the
professional schools. Twelve schools or colleges offer courses of study: Yale College, Graduate
School, School of Medicine, Divinity School, Law School, School of Art, School of
Architecture, School of Music, School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, School of
Nursing, School of Drama, and the School of Organization and Management. There are
approximately 5,100 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students at Yale. The faculty numbers
over 2,000 and there are approximately 5,600 non-faculty staff. The University Library has 8.3
million volumes housed in Sterling Memorial Library, 16 school and department libraries, and
numerous distinguished special collections. The library system employs 138 librarians, 45
managerial staff, 361 library assistants and approximately 95 FTE student assistants.
The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
The Beinecke Library, with one of the world's largest buildings devoted entirely to rare books
and manuscripts, is Yale's principal repository for literary papers and for early manuscripts and
rare books. Served by 15 professional librarians and some 30 additional staff members, the
Beinecke collections are internationally known and heavily used by scholars from around the
world. In addition to its distinguished general collection, the Beinecke Library houses the
Osborn Collection, noted for its British literary and historical manuscripts, and outstanding
special collections devoted to American literature, German Literature, and Western Americana.
The Beinecke Library's extensive holdings of early books and manuscripts extend to all fields of
knowledge but place special emphasis on literature, theology, history and natural sciences. Its
collections of pre-1600 European manuscripts, incunables, and early printed books, among the
largest in the country, are especially strong in the Greek and Latin classics, alchemy, biblical
literature, and the history of printing. In addition, there are notable special collections of playing
cards, Arabic and Near Eastern manuscripts, and papyri.
Under the general guidance of the Director of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
the Curator oversees the growth, organization, interpretation, and conservation of Beinecke's
collections of early books and manuscripts. Responding to new opportunities as well as to the
traditional strengths of the collection, the Curator formulates collection development policies and
implements them through the selection of a broad range of materials. The Curator works with
the cataloguing, conservation, and preservation units of the Library to fill the needs of the
collection in those areas. The Curator provides specialized assistance to researchers in person,
by telephone, and by letter and coordinates routine reference service relating to the collection
through the public services unit.
The Curator has numerous opportunities to interpret the holdings of the collection for the broad
public. These include designing and mounting exhibitions and planning special programs such
as readings and lectures. The Curator may also be called upon to issue news releases, grant
interviews, and conduct tours. The curator is encouraged to public bibliographies and other
scholarly words that promote the collection and is expected to be active professionally.
In addition to activities relating directly to the collections of early books and manuscripts, the
Curator participates in policy decisions and planning at the Beinecke Library and may be
assigned special projects relating to the overall needs of the library.
Ph.D. in renaissance studies, medieval studies, classics, or a related field, or an equivalent depth
of knowledge. Proficiency in Latin and one or more modern European languages. MLS from an
ALA-accredited school desirable. Evidence of bibliographical and scholarly accomplishment
and knowledge of trends in scholarship. Several years of relevant professional experience.
Ability to plan and execute effective programs and to manage diverse collection activities.
Commitment to organizational and technological change. Excellent interpersonal and