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Acquisitions and Curatorial Support Coordinator, Library (6268U) 27086 - 1363
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Oct. 3, 2019
Title Acquisitions and Curatorial Support Coordinator, Library (6268U) 27086 - 1363
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department N/A
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
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Acquisitions and Curatorial Support Coordinator, Library (6268U) 27086 - 1363

About Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley's culture of openness, freedom and acceptanceacademic and artistic, political and culturalmake it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: July 1, 2019

Departmental Overview

The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at one of the nation's premier public universities. A highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, UC Berkeley serves a community of 30,000 undergraduate students, 11,000 graduate students, and a faculty of 1,500. The Library aims to inspire and connect scholars with people and information to create new knowledge and to develop ideas that change the world. With 25 distinct destinations, including the Doe and Moffitt libraries, The Bancroft Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, and an array of subject specialty libraries, the University Library offers services and materials that span the disciplines. The Library provides materials in all formats and offers robust services that connect users with these remarkable resources to inform their research and advance their understanding of the world. With nearly 13 million volumes, almost 100,000 active Library users, and more than 2.6 million online visitors per year, the Library's impact is vast. Learn more at

The Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley, is one of the largest and most heavily used libraries of rare materials in the West. Its holdings include more than 690,000 volumes, 175 million manuscript items, 9 million photographs and other pictorial materials, 86,000 microforms, 4.3 million digital files, and 25,000 maps, as well as numerous other categories of unique material. The two largest collections are the Bancroft Collection of Western and Latin Americana and the Rare Books Collection. The archival and rare book materials of the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life are also part of the Bancroft holdings. The Bancroft is home to three research groups: the Oral History Center (formerly the Regional Oral History Office); the Mark Twain Papers; and the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri. The Bancroft Library is an active center of teaching and research. Supporting the programs of about 30 campus departments annually, it mounts a regular series of public exhibitions, roundtable lectures, and open houses. For additional information about The Bancroft Library and its collections, see: is external)


This position applies advanced professional concepts to perform highly complex responsibilities for special collections and rare books, including acquisitions and processing of newly acquired materials in all formats, and other library related processes and projects for the Bancroft Library, the Mark Twain Papers & Project, the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri, and the University Archives. Duties include:

  • Serves as selector for books, serials, sound recordings, broadsides, manuscripts and archives using subject specific reviewing sources, general catalogs, and direct contact with writers and poets, bringing relevant materials to curators' attention.
  • Reviews dealer and auction catalogs; prepares research memos for purchases or gifts for Rare Books curator. Assists selectors with budget requests and allocations, meets with potential donors, and acts as a vendor contact.
  • Prepares correspondence and gift agreements. Accessions materials in various databases/online catalogs and reports to Development Office. Handles extensive communication with donors. Occasionally retrieves collections from donors. Reviews duplicative material for retention, or disposal.
  • Contributes cataloging content for serials, series, and other multi-part materials; assists with mid-sized orders and payments with multiple functions and cross-boundary responsibilities. Contributes descriptive metadata about new archival acquisitions in the library's collection management tool and performs complex authority and subject headings work in preparing collections for cataloging in local systems.
  • Creates documentation of serials processing procedures and functions, setting goals and priorities for the unit in this area of responsibility.
  • Assists with mid-sized orders and payments across multiple functions and divisional responsibilities; acts as liaison with library administration/business services, selectors or other staff members in establishing appropriate acquisition/processing arrangements.

This position works with teams of library professionals, for various special processing/cataloging projects or works with librarians or other staff members in acquiring or processing material.

Required Qualifications

  • Strong computer and typing skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple work assignments.
  • Library acquisitions and/or processing experience.
  • Valid CA Driver's license.
  • Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in special collection library and/or archive.
  • Experience with collection development, selection, and purchasing.
  • Experience with gift management and payment processing.
  • Experience performing cataloging and bibliographic maintenance.
  • Familiarity with Archival Management Systems and Integrated Library Systems.
  • Knowledge of modern European languages.
  • Familiarity with 20th-21st century American literature, poetry and cultures.

Salary & Benefits

The annual salary range of the position is $50,100.00 - $73,300.00, commensurate with experience.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Driving Required

A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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