Rare Book Librarian -- Texas Christian University -- Ft. Worth, TX

The Mary Couts Burnett Library at Texas Christian University seeks an energetic, enthusiastic Rare Book Librarian, with a strong commitment to public services and information literacy. The candidate should have demonstrable experience with rare book collections.

The TCU Library’s recently completed multi-million dollar renovation includes, among many new spaces, a new Special Collections suite that houses new staff offices, reading room and seminar room. In addition to the staff and patron spaces, the library has grown its rare books and archival storage with a new vault and an off-site archival space.

Job Summary:
The Rare Book Librarian (Librarian II) is responsible for developing preserving, and promoting rare book collections at TCU to faculty, students, and staff along with the general public.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Supports use of TCU rare book collections by working directly with researchers and answering inquiries by phone, mail, and email.
  • Partners with reference liaisons to identity opportunities to promote these collections in support of the curriculum and collaborates with teaching faculty to integrate rare book material into coursework and conduct classes using primary materials.
  • Demonstrates interpersonal skills and strong customer service approach.
  • Provides outreach for the department to the university community and the public at large and makes presentations about the department and its collections to faculty, staff, students and the public.
  • Creates descriptive information about the collections for web pages and web exhibits and assists with departmental exhibits showcasing rare books.
  • Works with the Friends of the TCU Library.
  • Builds the department’s rare book collections by selecting and purchasing material in multiple formats (manuscripts, maps, books, etc.) and maintaining institutional collection development policies that support TCU’s curriculum.
  • Evaluates and accept gifts appropriate to TCU, works with University Advancement in maintaining and creating donor records, and participates in recognition events.
  • Preserves the department's collections by applying collection-level measures to materials, making conservation/preservation decisions for individual items.
  • Supervises one or two non-exempt library employees and some TCU students.
  • Participates in library-wide digital humanities projects with a particular focus on expanding access to rare book materials.
  • Considers new methods of delivering services within a changing technological environment by becoming familiar with emerging technologies relevant to Special Collections.
  • Assist library marketing activities to promote collections to the campus community with activities such as event planning and book talks.
  • Contributes to the overall operation of the library by participating on committees and communicates and coordinates planning with the Dean and with other library departments.
  • Develops reports, attends meetings; maintains skills with professional development type activities; works effectively with colleagues in a team-based environment and assists the Dean with building security for rare book material.

Education and Experience:

  • Master's of Library Science/Information Science (ALA accredited)
  • 3 years professional library experience including 1 year in a supervisory capacity
  • Experience with rare book collections


  • Second master’s degree in History or Literature
  • Working knowledge of a second language
  • Knowledge of the history of books and manuscripts
  • Familiarity with book repair and conservation techniques
  • Familiarity with copyright and privacy laws, knowledge of digital humanities

Texas Christian University , a private institution with enrollment of 10,000 students, is classified by U.S. News and World Report as a Tier 1 university and a Doctoral/Research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The Carnegie Commission lists TCU's undergraduate profile as "More Selective," its highest ranking. The Mary Couts Burnett Library has a full time staff of 60, and a collection that includes over 2 million books and audio-visual materials and over 75,000 current journals, electronically and in paper.

TCU is located in Fort Worth, Texas, the 16th largest city in the U.S. (located in a metropolitan area of more than 6 million), known for its vibrant economy, its cultural district - home to internationally recognized museums, world-class arts and entertainment venues, a vibrant downtown with an active night life, and two national historic districts.

Information on benefits is available on the TCU Human Resources web site at: http://www.hr.tcu.edu/

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Please submit letter of interest, resume, and contact information for at least 3 references. Applications received by April 30, 2017 will be given first consideration.

As an AA/EEO employer, TCU recruits, hires, and promotes qualified persons in all job classifications without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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