Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Library Position


Saint Louis University, a Catholic, Jesuit university dedicated to
student learning, research, health care, and service invites
applications for the position of Rare Materials Catalog Librarian in
the Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library, a unit in the
Department of Special Collections of Pius XII Memorial Library. For
information about the Vatican Film Library, please see

The Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library is an internationally
recognized research library for medieval and Renaissance manuscript
studies that holds microfilm copies of 37,000 manuscripts from the
Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, comprising major portions of the
Latin, Greek, and Western European vernacular collections, as well as
manuscripts from the Hebrew, Arabic, and Ethiopic collections. The
library additionally holds microfilm copies of 2,500 manuscripts, as
well as 52,000 color slides of manuscript illumination, from a
variety of other libraries. The library maintains an extensive
reference collection of manuscript catalogs, monographs, facsimiles,
and serial literature to support manuscript research, particularly in
the areas of paleography, codicology, illumination, and editing and
textual transmission.

The Vatican Film Library supports several important public programs.
Since 1957 it has published Manuscripta, a scholarly journal for
medieval and Renaissance manuscript studies. Since 1974 it has
organized the annual Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, an
international two-day conference on all aspects of manuscript
research. It also offers a fellowship program for visiting scholars
to make use of its collections. The Vatican Film Library is an active
participant in graduate and undergraduate education at Saint Louis
University and works closely with the University’s Center for
Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Under supervision of the Director of the Vatican Film Library, and in
coordination with the Technical Services Department, has primary
responsibility for bibliographic control and original cataloging of
the library’s medieval and Renaissance manuscripts on microfilm in
OCLC and the local (Innovative Interfaces) integrated library system.
Prepares full MARC21 descriptive cataloging records using AMREMM.
Assigns subject and form/genre headings according to national
standards and local practices. Performs authority control,
establishing and revising author/title headings in the LC/NACO
Authority File according to NACO policies. Performs ILS and other
department database maintenance for manuscripts on microfilm, as well
as for an extensive print reference collection on manuscript studies.
Performs original bibliographical and textual research on manuscripts
as needed. Keeps abreast of other ongoing and developing
electronic/online cataloging projects for medieval and Renaissance
manuscripts world-wide.

• Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library and information
science program
• M.A. in relevant area of classical, medieval, or Renaissance studies
• At least two years’ MARC21 cataloging experience, using some
combination of AACR2R, AMREMM, DCRB, or DCRM(B)
• Knowledge of Library of Congress subject headings and genre/form analysis
• Reading knowledge of Latin, and either French, German, or Italian
• Must work with accuracy and attention to detail
• Previous background or training in medieval manuscript studies
• Knowledge of scholarly manuscript cataloging conventions
• Reading knowledge of Greek
• Experience with NACO contribution

Assistant Professor, annually renewable, 12-month non-tenure track

$42,000 minimum; starting salary commensurate with qualifications and
experience; Attractive benefits including retirement programs,
insurance, tuition remission, vacation, and paid holidays.

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter, application,
current curriculum vitae, and list of references to
http://slu.jobs.edu. Please refer to Requisition Number 20080169.
Full job description posted at
Review of applications will begin on May 15, 2008, and will continue
until position is filled. All other correspondence regarding this
position can be sent to Search Committee – VFL Rare Materials Catalog
Librarian, Saint Louis University, Pius XII Memorial Library, 3650
Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108.

Saint Louis University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity
Employer (AA/EOE) and encourages nominations of and applications from
women and minorities.

-- Gregory A. Pass
Assistant University Librarian for Special Collections
Director, Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library
Editor, Manuscripta
Pius XII Memorial Library
Saint Louis University
3650 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63108
Tel. (314) 977-3096 / Fax (314) 977-3108

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