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Byzantine Studies Librarian

Position Title: Byzantine Studies Librarian

Supervisor: Director of Library

Department: Library

Grade: 57, exempt

Hours: 35 hours per week, Monday- Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm



Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, a research center supporting scholarship in Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape Studies, seeks a Byzantine Studies Librarian. Byzantine Studies is the oldest and largest of Dumbarton Oaks’ scholarly programs and welcomes an international cohort of scholars for residential fellowships annually as well as other researchers utilizing the collections. The Byzantine Studies Librarian develops in-depth collections supporting scholarship relating to the Byzantine world, broadly conceived, with historical emphases on Byzantine art and architecture, archeology, philology, numismatics, and epigraphy. Byzantine library collections encompass current scholarship, rare books, archival photography, and fieldwork records.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Evaluates, selects, and curates collections including monographs, serials, archival collections, and rare books in Byzantine studies.
  • Provides specialized, expert research guidance to resident Fellows, Dumbarton Oaks staff, and visiting scholars.
  • Collaborates with the Director of Byzantine Studies in developing strategic priorities and opportunities for collection development.
  • Provides guidance to the Reader Services Librarian in responding to reference inquiries.
  • Leads on digitization priorities for Byzantine library collections.
  • Provides expert advice and guidance on projects involving Byzantine collections, including collection management, preservation, and reformatting.
  • May prepare, oversee or advise on exhibitions, both on-site and online, using the library’s collections.
  • Represents the Dumbarton Oaks Library to external professional and scholarly constituencies.
  • Performs related duties as needed.



Basic Qualifications

PhD in a field relevant to Byzantine studies, or MA in such a field with ALA-accredited MLS or foreign equivalent. At least 3 years of experience working in an academic or research library. Demonstrated knowledge of scholarly trends and practices in Byzantine Studies. Strong knowledge of Byzantine, medieval, or late antique history, art history, and bibliography. Fluency in English and working knowledge of at least two additional languages.

Additional Qualifications

Knowledge of Greek and Slavic languages highly desirable. Experience working on Digital Humanities projects. Demonstrated involvement in national or international programs or initiatives. Demonstrated active involvement in professional or scholarly associations. Strong commitment to user-centered services. Demonstrated interest in and engagement with trends and practices in academic libraries. Proven ability to work independently and in a collaborative environment. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

To Apply

This position is open until filled. Qualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter by clicking the link below:


Dumbarton Oaks is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

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