Curator, Waring Historical Library

The MUSC Libraries seeks a 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 Atlantic Medical World in the 18thand 19th Centuries as well as the history of the health sciences in the South and South Carolina.

Reporting to the Director of Libraries, the Curator, directs and manages the operations of the Waring Historical Library, including the University Archives, Digital Archives, and the Macaulay Museum of Dental History. The Curator will provide leadership and initiative to successfully implement the library’s mission.


General Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic direction for the programs of the Waring Historical Library, the University Archives, Digital Library, and Macaulay Museum of Dental History.
  • 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.
  • Liaison to the Waring Library Society, whose mission is to support the library by 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 is a recognized group at the University separate from the Waring Historical Library.
  • 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. 



  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library Science, 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.
  • Evidence of scholarship and participation related to special collections and archives and a commitment to continued scholarly and professional activities.


  • Experience with South Carolina and/or medical history.
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Experience with the Library fundraising and development.
  • Experience working with volunteers, student workers, and interns.
  • Experience working with/establishing relationships with “friends of the library” type group.
  • Experience working in an academic research library, scholarly special collection, or large research organization.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Attributes:

  • 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.


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. Minimum of $70,000 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.


Review of applications will begin May 22, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Complete the application and submit a cover letter, resume/cv, and the contact information for three references. For more information and to apply, please go to:

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

The Medical University of South Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer. MUSC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, age, sex, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, protected veteran status, family or parental status, or any other status protected by state laws and/or federal regulations. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment based upon applicable qualifications, merit and business need.

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