Job Posting: Collection Development Librarian

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Summary:  The American Academy in Rome is a leading American overseas center for independent studies and advanced research in the Fine Arts and Humanities. Every year, the Academy hosts 30 Rome Prize Fellows in fields ranging from Classical Studies through Modern Italian History, the Fine Arts, Preservation, and Design in an atmosphere conducive to intellectual and artistic freedom, interdisciplinary exchange, and innovation. The Arthur & Janet C. Ross Library of the American Academy in Rome is one of Rome’s premier research destinations for Classical Studies and the History of Art and Architecture. The Library’s rich collections of books and periodicals, photographs, archival materials, recordings, and electronic resources support interdisciplinary research by its Fellows, Residents, Visiting Scholars and Artists and the wider Roman community of scholars.

Reporting to the Drue Heinz Librarian of the Arthur & Janet C. Ross Library, the position holds primary responsibility for all functions associated with the acquisition of monographs, periodicals, continuations, and electronic resources in all fields pertaining to Classical Studies. In a widely collaborative, user-centered library environment, the position contributes to the development of new and ongoing library services in support of research conducted at the American Academy in Rome. The position initiates and leads collaboration with library colleagues, the Academy’s staff, Fellows, Residents, and Visiting Artists and Scholars.

This is a full-time position with an Italian fixed-term contract. Salary based on qualifications and experience. Applicants must possess the necessary qualifications to work and reside in the European Union.  Applications will be accepted until March 30, 2014.

For additional information, please contact Sebastian Hierl, Drue Heinz Librarian of the Arthur & Janet C. Ross Library at the American Academy in Rome.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • To select, acquire, and catalog library materials in Classical Studies in all formats; analyze and evaluate collections in terms of coverage, format, and distribution.

  • To collaborate with colleagues in the Library, the Academy, the Unione Romana Biblioteche Scientifiche (URBS) network and beyond.

  • To consult and collaborate with Fellows, Residents, and Visiting Scholars and Artists; assist Library users with specialized reference.

  • To continuously engage with remote resources and with cooperative initiatives for access. To establish close working relationships with representatives of the book trade and the overall community of information providers.

  • To continuously evaluate and refine acquisitions and cataloging workflows for materials acquired in all formats, including monographs, periodicals, series, and electronic resources.

  • To assist the Drue Heinz Librarian on all collections-related projects, including catalog maintenance; collection weeding; digitization and preservation projects; the implementation of new technology; and the development of the Library’s access to electronic resources in all subjects represented in the collections.

Basic Qualifications:

  • MLS from an ALA accredited graduate program, or equivalent professional work experience

  • Advanced academic degree in a field pertaining to Classical Studies

  • Reading and speaking knowledge of Italian

  • Reading and speaking knowledge of one or more Western European languages

  • Experience working in a college/university library setting preferred

  • Knowledge of trends in digital scholarship and scholarly communication

  • Evidence of effective application of technology in support of research and teaching

  • Knowledge of scholarly resources in the Humanities

  • Knowledge of Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern Italian studies preferred


Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to communicate well with Fellows, Residents, Artists, Faculty, Staff and users at all levels and from diverse backgrounds

  • Evidence of creativity and imaginative approaches to work

  • Knowledge of current research practices and the application of technology to research and education in the Humanities

  • Ability to foster and participate in a team-based environment

  • Adaptability, flexibility to work in an environment of constant change

  • Excellent critical thinking and high-level interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written)


The successful applicant will communicate information and ideas clearly both orally and in writing in a timely and concise manner; share ideas, goals, programs and expectations honestly; resolve conflicts constructively; value initiative, and be flexible and open to new ideas; engage others by recognizing the power of shared insight and creative thoughts. The candidate is expected to achieve and maintain the level of technical and professional knowledge or skills that are required for the job; keep current with developments and trends in the profession; value teamwork, creativity and risk taking; and demonstrate that excellence comes from competence and dedication to hard work.


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