This position is in the Curatorial Section of the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. The Prints and Photographs Division is responsible for one of the largest pictorial research collections in the world, holding more than 15 million items in a variety of visual formats contained in hundreds of individual collections, and stored in several locations and remote sites. The collections are among the most varied in medium, format, physical condition, and intellectual property rights requirements, with attendant concerns regarding security, preservation, safe handling and service. The collections are accessed by means of complex, diverse and often multi-layered intellectual controls and surrogates in textual and online forms. They encompass the full range of subject, format and geographical specialties collected by the Library, and serve as primary research documents from which secondary research documents, e.g., books and websites, are derived. This photography curator works with documentary images in the context of a broader field of specialization such as the history of Photography. Curators are responsible for the development of the collections (acquisitions), and for research, reference, processing, preservation, exhibit, and publication activities in their designated collection area.Learn more about this agency
The position description number for this position is 64765.
The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.
The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.
This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.
Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.
Analyzes and solves highly complex research problems related to visual materials. Maintains familiarity with the commercial market and authoritatively evaluates the research and aesthetic importance of individual works and collections. Develops and maintains proficiency in the research, organization, and communication of information on various subjects. Provides in-depth, advanced scholarly research guidance on the holdings of the division, the Library, and other institutions and collections. Research guidance includes provision of information on research strategies pertinent to the inquiries of scholars; on the extent, nature, content, research potential, and availability of original and secondary research material in the division and the Library; on related holdings in other repositories; and on problems concerning access to collections.
Performs a variety of professional services involving mature and responsible handling of complex curatorial duties, including reference, research, exhibit, and publication work in the designated area. Recommends priorities for preservation, processing, and cataloging based on a sound evaluation of the material's research/aesthetic value in the context of related material in the Library and in other institutions and collections, analysis of complex evidence regarding the physical condition of the material, ease of processing, and the like.
Performs as a recognized expert in the management of a major collection, such as documentary photography. Conducts research on items to provide authoritative information on content and direction of development efforts. Provides advice and assistance on collections development to other libraries and organizations. Independently develops and pursues long-and short-term objectives and strategies for the systematic development of collections, recommending collections for acquisition, addressing such issues as research/aesthetic value, price, condition, impact, rights, and donor requirements. Develops relationships with private collectors and other potential donors. Scans sales catalogs, auction lists, and other sources of acquisition. Maintains current knowledge of the market. Works with staff throughout the Library on inter-divisional acquisitions.
Contributes to long range planning for collections development. Adds to the collection objects which significantly enrich its value and historical perspective by actively researching and acquiring appropriate works, and by screening unsolicited offers. Maintains the level of suitability and quality of the collection, shaping the content and direction of the collection in an imaginative and practical way.
Supports a program of ongoing research in a subject area of broad scope, specifically photography, including developing research designs and data collection. Independently and in conjunction with other members of the research staff, organizes research on collections. Develops, researches, coordinates, and/or carries out major scholarly publication/exhibition projects which, in addition to providing information, synthesize and interpret ideas about the material in the collection area in their broader historical and intellectual context. Such projects require extensive and complex research and result in both definitive publications that contribute to the extant literature in the field of specialization and in furthering the Library's outreach, giving it a strong national presence. Participates in the professional associations and scholarly enterprises of the field as an official Library representative. Informs the interested public (government officials, scholars, publishers, writers, learned societies, etc.) of the Library's resources and services in this area for the purpose of securing their cooperation in enriching the Library's collections and to ensure the collections are utilized to the fullest.
Monitors and develops plans to implement training goals and to assure achievement of learning objectives. Provides technical direction to interns and volunteers. Participates in the division's planning, coordination, and development of policy. Performs various other duties as assigned.
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