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U of Rochester – Exhibits Manager

Library Professional II – Exhibits Manager
Job ID: 179806

The full time Exhibits Manager will split their time between coordinating exhibits for the Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation Department (RBSCP) and coordinating exhibits and programs for the River Campus Libraries.   In RBSCP, the Exhibits Manager will work with RBSCP curators in highlighting the collections of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation Department through exhibits, both physical and digital. The Manager will collaborate with RBSCP librarians, students, faculty, and subject librarians in the creation and curation of exhibits.    The Exhibits Manager will have oversight for creation of digital exhibits and content for digital signage. The position will report to Director of the Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation Department.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Project management for all in-house physical and online exhibits
  • Research exhibit topics and potential themes in consultation with curators
  • Collaborate with curators, students, and faculty on exhibit design
  • Create custom supports in consultation with Conservator
  • Design signage (including postcards, when appropriate)
  • Scan and create digital surrogates
  • Develop and manage Department’s exhibit schedule
  • Create and/or edit exhibit labels in consultation with curators
  • Update Department and Library websites to publicize exhibits
  • Organize and plan exhibit launch events

River Campus Libraries Exhibits Manager Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and implement Library lobby displays in collaboration with Library staff, students, and faculty
  • Collaborate with staff from the subject libraries to develop exhibit themes, create labels, signage and install their displays
  • Consult on selection of exhibit materials with librarians and curators
  • Work with Library administration and building manager to increase aesthetics of public spaces


  • Degree in graphic design, museum studies or equivalent experience
  • Ability to build custom supports
  • Experience in working in a highly collaborative environment
  • Evidence of innovation, creativity, and resourcefulness
  • Outstanding written and oral communications, interpersonal, and team skills
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Illustrator or equivalent editing programs
  • Ability to handle loaded book carts and lift boxes of books.


  • Experience creating, installing, and promoting exhibits of unique materials
  • Knowledge of best practices in handling and displaying rare and fragile materials
  • Experience with virtual exhibition development and incorporation of multimedia into virtual and physical exhibitions
  • Experience with HTML, CSS and content management systems

The Libraries, the University, and the Area

The Department of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation contains more than 100,000 books and 400 manuscript collections in addition to several thousand individual manuscript items such as letters, diaries, and account books. The Local History collection contains materials that represent the history of Rochester and upstate New York in books, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and maps.  The Department also consists of the University Archives and the Preservation Department.   The University Archives contain printed and manuscript records that document the University’s history since its founding in 1850. The Preservation Program integrates a variety of preservation activities including physical conservation, disaster preparedness planning and response, reformatting, grant project development and management, collection management projects and environmental monitoring. For more information on the department and collections, please see:

The University of Rochester Libraries belongs to the Association of Research Libraries and has collections of nearly 3.75 million volumes and more than 28,000 active serial titles. The River Campus Libraries, the largest of three library systems at the University of Rochester, is a leader in user-centered design research, institutional repositories, and web-based services.  Recent projects include a multi-year ethnographic study of undergraduates, two IMLS-funded projects to study how faculty and graduate students conduct research and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grants to design and develop open source discovery tools. For more information on the University and the Libraries, please consult our website:

The University of Rochester is the sixth largest private employer in New York State and one of the nation’s leading private universities with over 5,000 undergraduate and 3200 graduate students on the River Campus.  Located in Rochester, New York, the University gives students exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close collaboration with faculty through its unique cluster-based curriculum.

Applications will be accepted immediately and until the position is filled. Please send letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three references to:

Latasha Hill, HR Assistant
Rush Rhees Library
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY  14627

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