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Pre-Columbian Studies Librarian

Position Title: Pre-Columbian 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 Pre-Columbian Studies
Librarian. The Pre-Columbian Studies program at Dumbarton Oaks welcomes an international
cohort of scholars for residential fellowships annually as well as other researchers utilizing the
collections. The Pre-Columbian Studies Librarian develops in-depth collections supporting
scholarship relating to Pre-Columbian Central and South American cultures with historical
emphases on art, archeology, and related fields. Pre-Columbian library collections encompass
current scholarship, rare books, manuscripts, and photographic documentation.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Evaluates, selects, and curates collections including monographs, serials, archival collections,
and rare books in Pre-Columbian studies
• Provides research support to resident Fellows, Dumbarton Oaks staff, and visiting scholars
• Collaborates with the Reader Services Librarian in responding to reference inquiries
• Identifies digitization priorities for Pre-Columbian library collections
• Advises projects involving Pre-Columbian collections, including collection management,
preservation, and reformatting
• Prepares 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


ALA-accredited MLS or foreign equivalent, or PhD in a field relevant to Pre-Columbian studies.
3-5 years of experience in an academic or research library. Demonstrated interest and
engagement with trends and practices in academic libraries. Demonstrated knowledge of
scholarly trends and practices in Pre-Columbian Studies. Strong knowledge of Pre-Columbian art
history, archaeology, and the bibliography of these fields. Fluency in English and Spanish.


Experience working on Digital Humanities projects. Demonstrated involvement in national or
international programs or initiatives. Demonstrated active involvement in professional or
scholarly associations. Working knowledge of additional western European languages. Strong
commitment to user-centered services. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Proven ability to work independently and in a collaborative environment.

To Apply

Accepting applications until April 24, 2019. Please forward résumé and cover letter detailing
relevant qualifications by clicking the link below. This position is open until filled.

Dumbarton Oaks is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).