Curator, Waring Historical Library

Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Library, Charleston South Carolina

The MUSC Libraries seeks a creative, service-oriented, and forward-thinking individual to join our leadership team as the Curator, Waring Historical Library. The Waring Historical Library ( is the special collections and rare book library for the Medical University of South Carolina. Named for Joseph I. Waring, Jr., the first director of the Historical Library, the library houses books, journals, manuscript items and museum artifacts dealing with the history of the health sciences. 

General Responsibilities(click to open)

  • Provide strategic direction for the programs of the Waring Historical Library, the University Archives, Digital Library, Macaulay Museum of Dental History, and Waring Library Society.
  • Processes and maintains archival collections, including manuscripts, books, artifacts, art, and ephemera; documenting and scheduling conservation of materials;
  • Participates in the development of online and physical exhibits.
  • Serve as faculty advisor for the Student Medical History Club; facilitate IP 732 “Topics in the History of the Health Sciences” interprofessional elective, senior history rotations, and other student-directed research projects. Respond to complex reference requests and patron services, in support of the University Archivist.
  • Present lectures about the history of MUSC and the history of medicine to internal and external audiences. Research and publish public and academic history materials based on and promoting library collections.
  • Directs the work of the 3.0 FTE personnel.
  • Manages the Waring Library Society, whose mission is to support the library by developing the collections, raising funds for the library’s endowment, promoting membership and perpetuating interest in the history of the health sciences. The Waring Library Society is a “friends of the library” group that works MUSC and non-MUSC entities.
  • Serves as liaison to MUSC Leadership and community partners.
  • Actively participate in the academic life of the university, represent the library on university committees and build collaborative and inclusive relationships throughout the university and clinical enterprise
  • Actively participate in professional activities through presentations or publications.

QUALIFICATIONS (click to open)


  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library Science, master’s degree in museum studies, or an Advanced degree in public or academic history.
  • 5 or more years of experience working in a special collections or archival environment 
  • 3 or more years supervisory experience
  • Experience curating exhibitions
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills 
  • Experience cultivating and maintaining donor relations
  • Evidence of scholarship and participation related to special collections and archives and a commitment to continued scholarly and professional activities.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with South Carolina and/or medical history
  • Experience with the fundraising and development
  • Experience working with volunteers, student workers, and interns
  • Experience managing “friends of the library” type group
  • Grant writing and administration experience
  • Experience working in an academic research library, scholarly special collection, or large research organization.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Attributes (click to open)

  • Awareness of archival information systems such as ArchivesSpace, Archon or Archivists' Toolkit
  • Understanding of digital formats and standards such as XML, EAD, MARC, Dublin Core, and BIBFRAME
  • Understanding of Metadata best practices and control for special collections and archives
  • Project planning and management
  • Managing collections in a variety of formats, including manuscripts, maps, photographs, audio and digital files
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to data-informed decision making
  • Ability to manage and lead a staff with widely diverse skills and backgrounds in a rapidly changing environment
  • Ability to innovate and to proactively advocate new opportunities and challenges
  • Commitment to execution and results orientation
  • Strong commitment to quality service
  • Commitment to continued professional growth and active participation in professional activities and service

BENEFITS (click to open)

The University offers competitive benefits: 22 days vacation, 15 days sick leave, 13 holidays, hospitalization, major medical, surgical-medical, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance at up to 3 times one’s annual salary.  State and alternative retirement choices are also available.  For a summary of benefits, see

Faculty rank is targeted at Associate Professor.

Salary is commensurate with education/experience. $80,000 for candidate with required education and appropriate experience.

The Medical University of South Carolina is a Drug Free Workplace and adheres to the provisions of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988. MUSC conducts a pre-employment (post offer) drug screen as a part of the pre-employment process for all new hires.

We are an equal opportunity employer, promoting workplace diversity. m/f/v/d

HOW TO APPLY (click to open)

We thank all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those applicants who are being considered for an interview will be contacted.

For further information and clarification of this position please inquire to Ms. Shannon D. Jones via e-mail or telephone 843 792-8839

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Please apply online at;

We thank all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those applicants who are being considered for an interview will be contacted.

For further information and clarification of this position please inquire to Ms. Shannon D. Jones via e-mail or telephone 843 792-8839

For further information and clarification of these positions please inquire to Ms. Shannon D. Jones via e‑mail or telephone 843‑792‑8839