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Director of Book History and Digital Initiatives

Founded in 1812, the American Antiquarian Society is a learned society that supports a preeminent national research library specializing in American history, life, and culture from settlement through the year 1876. The library serves a world-wide community of scholars. The Society is committed to maintaining a level of outstanding reference service to its readers and other library constituents that has been our hallmark for decades.

JOB TITLE: Director of Book History and Digital Initiatives
REPORTS TO: Vice President for Programs and Outreach
FLSA: Exempt

The director of book history and digital initiatives manages the Society’s Program in the History of the Book in American Culture (PHBAC) program and plays a leading role in creating and administering digital projects. The Director of Book History and Digital Initiatives acts as an ambassador for AAS to the larger academic community through conferences, programs and publication. This position works closely with other staff to coordinate efforts to create and maintain digital access to collections.

This position will play a leadership role in crafting a strategic plan for the Society’s PHBAC program and will oversee the development and execution of initiatives under that program including the weeklong summer seminar program and the annual Wiggins Lecture series as well as developing new workshops and programs in the Society’s new interactive long-distance Learning Lab.

The position will also play a critical role in the Society’s work with digital collaborations such as the Networked Early American Resources (NEAR), the Advanced Research Consortium (ARC), and the Just Teach One and Just Teach One African American Resources initiatives.

• Develop, promote, and coordinate seminars, workshops, and conferences
• Engage with and represent AAS in the academic fields of book history and digital humanities
• Manage digital projects as assigned by the librarian and the vice president for programs and outreach
• Teach classes and workshops, present and publish on book history and digital humanities topics
• Research and write grants for specific projects
• Promote AAS’s digital collections and the use of digital tools to various constituents including but not limited to AAS staff, fellows, and members
• Work with AAS staff to identify priorities for digitization and other digital projects
• Create and maintain opportunities for K-12, college and graduate student engagement with digital collections
• Create and manage digital projects in cooperation with a variety of partners and stakeholders

Other duties as assigned

Duties require periods of standing, walking, sitting. Duties require occasional periods of climbing or balancing, pulling/pushing items including book trucks with materials, lifting/carrying items weighing up to approximately 30 lbs., reaching with arms and hands. Vision and hearing at or correctable to “normal ranges.” Other physical tasks include use of hands for basic grasping/manipulation, use of hands for fine manipulation, occasional reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching, and keyboarding. Physical duties are subject to change. Must be able to transport oneself to work-related meetings, workshops, conferences, etc.

Applicants, as well as position incumbents, who become disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.

Most duties are performed indoors in office environment with artificial light and cool, thermostatically controlled temperatures. The noise level is low. May be exposed to dust, mold, and/or other organic material or other irritants. Hazards are considered minor and controllable.

Ability to read, understand, speak and write in Standard English;
Ability to communicate effectively in English with individuals in person, over the telephone, and via
the printed word


SPECIFIC JOB KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY REQUIRED – The individual must possess the following knowledge, skill/s and abilities and be able to explain and demonstrate that he or she can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.
• Excellent communication skills with a wide range of constituents
• An ability to develop curricula and to teach on a variety of intellectual levels
• Fluency with digital tools AAS uses: Aeon, Drupal, MarcEdit, Omeka, myPHPadmin, WordPress, XML editing
• A knowledge of the trends in book history, digital humanities and digital libraries
• An understanding of the range of humanities research methodologies
• An ability to work independently and collegially

EDUCATION: PhD in History, American Studies or relevant discipline


COMPENSATION: This is an exempt full time, 35 hour per week position, M-F; $ 63,000 -$67,000. Benefits include paid vacation, sick and personal time, health insurance, retirement, life and disability insurance, and professional development.

To apply: Submit a letter of application, resume and contact information for three professional references electronically to cmackey@mwa.org with “Director of Book History” in the subject line. The American Antiquarian Society is an equal opportunity employer in accordance with applicable federal and state laws

Position open until filled.




General Employment Information

Carol-Ann Mackey
Director of Human Resources
American Antiquarian Society
185 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 471-2164
Email: cmackey@mwa.org

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