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Curatorial Assistant #22668

Curatorial Assistant #22668

  • Job ID: 22668
  • Location: Main Campus-Berkeley
  • Full/Part Time: Part-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Temporary
  • Department: Library Administration

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Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 1/18/2017

Departmental Overview

The Bancroft curatorial division is responsible supports collection development, reference services, instruction, exhibitions, engagement, stewardship, and other tasks related to The Bancroft Library’s collections. The curatorial division includes the Curators of Western Americana, Latin Americana, Rare Books and Literary Manuscripts, Pictorial Collections, and the University Archivist. The Bancroft Library's curatorial division provides expertise and services related to the selection and acquisition of print,, manuscript, photographic, audio-visual, born-digital, and other materials in a variety of formats received by purchase, donation, or transfer from within the UCB libraries for custodial-archival retention. The Curatorial division works collaboratively with the units of the Technical Services division (acquisitions;, cataloging; manuscript, pictorial, and digital processing ) to acquire and assist in processing of materials. The division also works with the Public Services division to provide reference services and instruction related to The Bancroft Library’s collections.


The purpose of the position is to support functional and specialized operational activities within the curatorial division of The Bancroft Library, working specifically with the Curator of Americana. Major responsibilities include assisting with the following:

  • review and management, including packing of collections, of gift and purchased materials in all formats
  • research and bibliographic verification
  • preparation of materials for classes and special visitors
  • responses to researchers from the campus and beyond
  • preliminary listing and processing of materials for transfer to Bancroft Technical Services
  • preliminary selection, review, label writing, and other tasks related to exhibitions
  • provide assistance on the Registration Desk in the Bancroft’s Public Services division.

Required Qualifications

  • Ability to perform work independently and exercise judgment in solving problems
  • Basic knowledge of preservation selection principles
  • Basic knowledge of collection development principles and processes
  • Thorough knowledge of library bibliographic functions, stack maintenance, and bibliographic tools and record structures.
  • Experience with special collections or processing and handling of rare materials.
  • Related library experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Education and training in library information and resources is desired
  • Strong reading knowledge of Spanish preferred

Salary & Benefits

Other Information

This is a limited position for one year at 43%

How To Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying. Application materials can be submitted at

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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