Interested candidates should review the applications requirements and apply online at
Reporting to the Assistant Director of Collection Development, the Curator of Literary and Poetry Collections is responsible for the development, management, and promotion of the Rose Library’s globally significant collection of materials related to modern and contemporary literature and poetry. Success in this role will require excellent relationship building skills, to ensure that the collections align with institutional priorities, and programmatic offerings have an impact on the Emory campus and in the communities served through these collections. The incumbent will select materials for acquisition in all appropriate formats through donation or purchase in alignment with the priorities of the Rose Library, Emory Libraries, and Emory University. The librarian will attend to both the big picture goal of building the collection, and the day-to-day administrative details required to successfully realize acquisitions. The incumbent will build long-term relationships with donors to help support the library’s financial capacity to acquire and care for the collections. The Curator will actively promote engagement with the collections, in collaboration with Public Services, Campus and Community Relations, academic departments and academic centers, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and allied divisions through programmatic outreach that includes public programming, exhibitions and displays, social media, updated Lib Guides and websites, and innovative forms of engagement. A key responsibility of the curator is to contribute directly to instruction and research services, creating a direct and vital connection to researcher, faculty, student, and community interests, and demonstrating a commitment to teamwork. In this position, the incumbent collaborates with Collection Services to consider and ensure the library’s ability to steward collections responsibly. The librarian participates as a member of the library and university community by maintaining visibility on campus, serving on various committees, and incorporating poetry and literature holdings in the cultural life of the university. The Curator of Literary and Poetry Collections is expected to contribute to the library and professional community through committee service, conference presentations, and/or scholarship.
Emory Libraries requires that our employees recognize diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential core values to achieving our mission to enrich the quality of life in an inclusive work environment through competency training, reassurance of personal growth, restorative communication practices, and embrace our diverse identities of patrons within the Emory community.
Essential Responsibilities & Duties
Collection Development and Stewardship
Engagement and Outreach
Reference and Instruction
Interested candidates should review the applications requirements apply online at
Applications may be submitted as Word or PDF attachments and must include:
1) Cover letter of application describing qualifications and experience;
2) Current resume/vita detailing education and relevant experience; and
3) Curator of Literary and Poetry Collections: Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are a central focus of our work at Emory Libraries and across campus, and DEI is an important responsibility of the Curator of Literary and Poetry Collection. In a separate statement please reflect upon your experience in furthering social justice and equity so far in your career and share how you would advance and foster these principles at Emory University Libraries as a colleague.
4) On a separate document list the names, relationships, email addresses, and telephone numbers of 3 professional references including a current or previous supervisor.
Review of applications will begin the week of June 19, 2023. Review of applications will continue until position is successfully filled. Emory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans.
Emory University is dedicated to providing equal opportunities and equal access to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran's status. Emory University does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment on the basis of any factor stated above or prohibited under applicable law. Students, faculty, and staff are assured of participation in University programs and in the use of facilities without such discrimination. Emory University complies with Executive Order 11246, as amended, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veteran's Readjustment Assistance Act, and applicable executive orders, federal and state regulations regarding nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. Emory University is committed to achieving a diverse workforce through application of its affirmative action, equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policy in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training. Inquiries regarding this policy should be directed to the Emory University Department of Equity and Inclusion, 201 Dowman Drive, Administration Building, Atlanta, GA 30322.
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