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Curator, Bates Center for the History of Nursing

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The Curator of the Bates Center will report directly to the University Archivist in Penn's Libraries and will have a dotted line report to the Dean's designee in the School of Nursing. The curator will guide the collection's teaching and research services, collection strategies and exhibition programs. The curator will engage in sustained outreach to faculty, students, community members and research scholars on all areas of the Bates Center's extensive collections. Working closely as a liaison with faculty facilitates the use of the collections materials in their teaching and research. The curator, in collaboration with the Dean's designee in the Bates Center, will be responsible for the oversight and development of a collection development strategy to ensure the archives grow as a center of research, learning, and innovation. The curator will research, develop exhibitions from, and publish on the collections. Reporting to the University Archivist in Penn Libraries and working collaboratively with the Dean's designee from the School of Nursing, and community of students and scholars, the curator will develop public programs, outreach events, write grants, and collection policies to promote stewardship of the collections and scholarship about them.

Position Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Collection Access: Develop and implement strategies, technologies and standards that facilitate access to the collection's holdings, including the development of finding aids, the creation of digital projects, and innovative programming.
  • Educational Outreach: Integrate the collection's content and services with the teaching, learning and research missions of the University by blending traditional and innovative academic library practices and design, present & assess instruction in a variety of formats to meet the needs of diverse user groups.
  • Public Outreach: Engage in sustained outreach to faculty, students, community members, research scholars and the community at large through various outreach initiatives and activities including but not limited to, the curation of physical and digital collections, exhibits, speakers, panel discussions, and workshops/seminars in collaboration with appropriate faculty, staff, scholars, and specialists.
  • Collection Development & Stewardship: Lead efforts to acquire, preserve and provide access to the historically unique materials in the fields of health sciences and nursing history; explore new areas for collection development and expand on existing collection strengths, working in close coordination with the Dean's designee, other curators and subject liaisons; sponsor programs and events to cultivate potential donors and monitor potential sources of funding to support and expand the collection; develop, interpret and manage a dynamic collecting program, including oversight of conservation and preservation activities for the varied medical artifacts, consistent with the Bates Center's mission.
  • Researcher Services: Respond and/or direct inquiries about the Bates Center providing research consultation services in-person, through individual appointments and via electronic communication (chat, email, text).
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Master's in Library and Information Science preferred, or equivalent from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • Demonstrated or documented success supporting and advocating for diversity, equity, inclusion and/or accessibility values in professional or personal capacities.
  • At least three years of experience working with a historical collection in a library, archives or historical/cultural setting.
  • Demonstrated understanding of physical historical collections—their intellectual content and materiality—and the ability to envision their interpretation through traditional scholarly modes and emerging technologies.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the basic theory and practice of collection development as these concepts apply to building and shaping collections, to identifying sources for particular materials, to donor relations and to managing funds.
  • Ability to develop and maintain knowledge of current and evolving standards, guidelines, rules, best practices, tools, and trends regarding acquisition, appraisal, processing and describing materials for the collection in all formats.
  • Knowledge of ethical and legal concerns (including copyright) affecting acquisition, management and access to archival holdings and digital collections.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills, a collegial leadership style, and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team-based setting where consultation, flexibility, collaboration and cooperation are essential.
  • Demonstrated willingness to take on new challenges and opportunities with initiative and creativity.
  • Demonstrated organizational, analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.


  • PhD degree in Library and Information Science.


Budgeted Pay Range:

$65,000-$75,000 commensurate with education and experience

Pay Range

$51,824.00 - $78,096.00

Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

Application Information

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Application Requirement:

A Cover Letter and Resume/CV are required to be considered for this position. Please upload your Cover Letter where it asks you to upload your Resume/CV; multiple documents are allowed.

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits

  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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