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Plastics Pioneers Curator of Plastics and Historical Artifacts (Assistant Librarian)

Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 034357
Department Code 20640-5435
Department Lib Special Collections
Job Title Plastics Pioneers Curator of Plastics and Historical Artifacts (Assistant Librarian)
Location Syracuse, NY
Pay Range Commensurate with Experience
Salary Grade 00
FLSA Status Exempt

Standard University business hours

8:30am -5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time
Campus Syracuse, NY
Unionized Position Code Not Applicable
Job Description

The Libraries at Syracuse University is seeking to hire a Plastics Pioneers Curator of Plastics and Historical Artifacts to promote, photograph, and provide curatorial guidance for the Special Collections Research Center’s world-class plastics and historical artifacts collections. Encompassing over 2,500 objects the collection encompasses both the aesthetic and environmental impact of plastics as well as patents, trade journals, and the cutting-edge research in plastics recycling solutions and waste reduction.

Working closely with the Chief Curator, the Curator of Plastics and Historical Artifacts facilitates the use of the collections through hands-on instructional sessions, exhibitions, public programs, and the ongoing improvement of the Plastics Collection website.

This position is funded in part by the Plastics Pioneers endowment and the Antique Comb Collection endowment.


MLIS or MA in the humanities (fields of art or design preferred)

• Minimum 2 years of experience working as a curatorial assistant and/or artifact/art handler at a museum, or gallery environment

• Minimum 2 years of professional photography experience (i.e. photographing exhibitions, objects, or people) in a museum, gallery, or Special Collections environment

• 2-3 years of experience teaching college-level courses

• Experience teaching
with original materials in a special collections context

• Prior experience coordinating, organizing, and curating exhibitions

Job Specific Qualifications

• A minimum of three years of experience with digital cameras, Adobe CC’s Bridge and Photoshop software.

• Knowledge of digital image editing and color workflow is required.

• Knowledge of studio practice, lighting systems, and photography techniques successfully photograph 2d and 3d objects and detail shots.

• Demonstrated ability to conduct research within special collections environment

• Strong communication and organizational skills

• Demonstrated ability to outreach to diverse groups, including students, alumni, faculty, and the public

• Commitment to professional development and the field of special collections and digital archives


• Photograph and inventory artifacts for inclusion in Libraries’ digital portals and websites, linking pictures and descriptions, tagging artifacts, and arranging for optimal archival storage of the artifacts.

• Maximize student and faculty engagement with the SCRC’s holdings of rare plastics and artifact materials by creating and delivering interactive instructional sessions with the collections; Curating original exhibitions with the collections, including displays of the antique comb collection; and promoting the collections through public events, social media, and publications.

• In collaboration with the metadata librarian and library IT staff continually enhance and improve the Plastics Collection website. Under the supervision of the Chief Curator establish collection development policies and undertake research for attribution, provenance, and significance of collection materials.

• Contribute to the day-to-day work of the SCRC by serving on the reference desk, answering in-depth reference questions, and performing other duties as needed.

• Engage in activities that contribute to the advancement of the Libraries, the university, and the library profession including, for example, actively participating on a team, committee, or special project; chairing or organizing a workshop, conference, or other professional event; teaching (excluding library instruction sessions or other teaching activities that are explicit job duties); professional consulting; conference discussant, publishing; conducting research that results in a publication or conference presentation.

• Maintain awareness of professional developments, issues, and practices through research and activities that increase one’s knowledge and abilities, and that positively impact one’s performance and service contributions. Examples of activities include participation in a workshop, webinar or conference that result in the acquisition of new knowledge or skills; completion of a credit course pertaining to the employee’s position; completion of an internship or other practical training.

Physical Requirements

Not Applicable


Not Applicable

Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please submit a resume and cover letter.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university of extraordinary academics, distinctive offerings and an undeniable spirit. With a gorgeous campus in the heart of New York State, a global footprint and a history that dates to 1870, we embrace diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.

Our student population includes nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students, representing all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. Our proud commitment to veterans and their families is unrivaled in higher education. Home to 11 schools and colleges, Syracuse University blends the foundational power of the liberal arts with the intense focus of professional programs. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Sport and Human Dynamics, Information Studies, Law, Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts.

A medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of the state, Syracuse, N.Y., is approximately a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and Montreal. With a metropolitan population of 700,000, Syracuse is a center for cultural, recreational and artistic events, including the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse Stage, Symphoria, Destiny Mall, multiple sporting events, and festivals including Jazz Fest and Winterfest. The outdoor enthusiast will enjoy having the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the Thousands Islands Region within easy driving distance of the Syracuse campus.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Job Posting Date 03/08/2018
Application Deadline
Full Consideration By
Job Category Staff
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