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JOB SUMMARY: This position is located in the Rare Books & Special Collections Department, Smithsonian Institution Libraries. The Head, Special Collections Department promotes knowledge about and use of rare books and other specialized collections of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries by developing and managing collections, displaying them to the public and making them available world-wide through the Internet.

Uses expertise in Early Modern History and the history of science and technology to provide comprehensive reference and research services to individuals and groups. Many of these texts date from the 15th through the 19th centuries with numerous examples in Latin and other classical languages, French or German.

Quality Ranking Factors: (Among those who meet the qualification requirements, these factors will be used to determine who are the highest qualified candidates. On a separate sheet of paper, submit a paragraph describing specific experience, education, or training for each of the factors listed .)
1. Knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of librarianship and an expert knowledge of these as they relate to the history of books and printing, rare books and special collections.
2. Knowledge of Early Modern, Renaissance History or history of science.
3. Ability to read French, German or Latin.
4. Ability, as demonstrated by experience, to supervise, lead and motivate a diverse staff.
5. Ability to cultivate and work with donors.
6. Knowledge of basic principles of exhibition and of safe methods of exhibition relevant to rare books and other fragile materials.
7. Skill in oral communication to promote library services and discuss strategies, project needs and requirements with a wide variety of library users, donors, special interest groups, committees, etc.
8. Skill in written communication such as preparing scholarly articles, reports, brochures, reference correspondence, bibliographies, etc.

It sounds like the perfect job for a character like Indiana Jones OR a character from a Lovecraftian story, depending on how you want to spin it.

"Position available immediately after mysterious disappearance of previous supervisory librarian."
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I've been home sick today, and thanks to the new laptop, obtained with the assistance of [ profile] mamallamadevil, I've been able to relax in the den and still look up information on the Web. I've been using this time as an opportunity to think about occupations and eliminate some options that I'm not really serious about. This allows me to narrow it down to the options I'm really interested in and that will use my strengths and talents.

The interests still left on my list:

Film history/critique
Writing (not sure; I haven't exactly been driven to write.)
Architectural history
Crafts (may be just a hobby interest)
Art historian/appraiser
Flash animator

Of course, I always have my current profession to fall back on for income if nothing works out.


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