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Special Collections Librarian Resume

Important libraries and museums that are frequented by academicians and researchers usually have special collections that consist of rare and unique materials, such as manuscripts, private collections, rare books and editions and other materials, on various subjects. These valuable items need special care from a well-qualified librarian.


Special collections librarians have the main responsibility of organizing the materials and facilitating scholar access, while making sure that the items are kept secure and in good shape. These tasks are in addition to the usual profile of a librarian. They have to manage catalogues, compile bibliographies, publish promotional materials, display items and index, reproduce materials, and assist the public in enquires / requests.

The resume of a special collections librarian needs to spotlight the library administration training and / or experience and the professional ability to handle valuable collections and exhibit them for the public view and access.

Special Collections Librarian Resume Sample

Personal Details:

Name: Danny Brown
Birth date: 02.12.1980
Address and Contact Details: 32 Forest Road
NJ 65743 Ringwood, USA
Phone: (600) 600-6666


  1. Desire to exercise my skills and knowledge as a librarian in the segment of special collections
  2. Maintain collections in an excellent condition and care for rare and antique items
  3. Help the researchers and other scholars in their research by make valuable information easily available to them


  • Knowledge in library practices
  • Over six years of experience
  • Master's Degree in ALA
  • Experience in handling special collections
  • Extensive knowledge of managing special collection library
  • Organized, attentive and detail oriented
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skill
  • Skilled in understanding research principles
  • Interpersonal skills and good communicational skills
  • Leadership and managerial skills
  • Ability to identify items requiring conservation work
  • Ability to perform collection development through research and promotion
  • Working knowledge of MS Office package
  • Computer knowledge: intermediate computer literacy
  • Familiarity in working with library special applications

Work Experience:

Special Collections Librarian, 2008 – 2009
Spanish Colonial History, University of Texas, TX


  • Organized, administered and instructed staff in managing items in the special collections
  • Prepared exhibition and catalogued items
  • Prepared user policies and operations and instructed and guided the public
  • Arranged promotion of special collection in profiled publications and brochures
  • Provided reference assistance for researchers and academic users
  • Arranged special conservation treatment for sensitive items
  • Implemented a user friendly catalog system that provided easy access.

The University of Texas 2006 – 2008
San Antonio


  • Managing workshop
  • Creating exhibition
  • Preserving and conserving historic collections
  • Organizing literary events
  • Organizing workshops for academics
  • Organizing book signing
  • Reporting to the head of archives and special collections
  • Performing collection development and assessment
  • Maintains donor relations and negotiates acquisitions
  • Organized annual literacy appreciation month
  • Enhanced researcher access to collections through collaboration with faculty

Education and Training:

  • Master's Degree in ALA, New Jersey University
  • Bachelor's Degree in Library Technology and Management, New Jersey University
  • Certification in Library science
  • Library administration training
  • Collection Development
  • CSLA Northern Regional Weed and Feed workshop
  • Six Skills workshops


As a special collection librarian, I properly managed valuable items and assisted the public in accessing them.


  • American Library Association (ALA)
  • Special Libraries Association (SLA)
  • California Library Association (CLA)
  • California School Library Association
  • Bay Area Independent School Librarians

Areas of interest:

  • Literature
  • Culture
  • Books


Melinda D. Long
Spanish Colonial History, University of Texas
Contact no: 76899–78999

Charles D. Smith
Special Collections Library
The University of Texas
San Antonio
Contact no: 79899–7999

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