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Nadia Sophie Seiler Rare Materials Residency

Closes on Sunday, July 15, 2018
Folger Shakespeare Library
Washington, DC

Nadia Sophie Seiler Rare Materials Residency


The Folger Shakespeare Library (Folger) invites applications for the Nadia Sophie Seiler Rare Materials Residency. The Nadia Sophie Seiler Rare Materials Residency (“Seiler Residency” for short) is a nine-month term-limited position for new library professionals made possible by the Nadia Sophie Seiler Memorial Fund and hosted at the Folger. This Residency runs from October 2018 to July 2019.

The 2018/19 Seiler Resident will work hands-on with rare printed materials, manuscripts, and objects from the early modern period while being actively trained and mentored by Folger librarians. The focus of the residency will be on rare materials cataloging, but the Seiler Resident will also have the opportunity to work directly with curators, public services, and other professionals in order to gain a thorough and practical understanding of rare materials librarianship. The Seiler Resident will be an integral part of the Folger staff, participating in cataloging department meetings, joining the Saturday Reading Room rotation (working at the Reading Room service desk on a Saturday approximately once every five or six weeks), attending talks, attending the 2019 RBMS conference, and contributing to the collegial environment on a professional level in order to gain genuine career-oriented experience. The Resident will also be expected to give a public talk on a topic relevant to their work during their residency towards the end of their time at the Folger. Additional information about the residency and potential projects is available on Folgerpedia.

Interested applicants are required to submit a cover letter and CV and must have received a master’s degree within the 18 months prior to application from a program accredited by the American Library Association. Familiarity with key people and events from early modern British or European culture is required. Our ideal candidate will have a background (or coursework) in the field of manuscripts, rare books, visual materials or descriptive bibliography, and bibliographic knowledge of at least one European language other than English. Ability to carefully handle fragile materials is necessary. Applicants must have strong computer and organizational skills, the ability to work well within a team environment, the ability to follow technical instructions, and a meticulous attention to detail. Knowledge of basic technical processing/cataloging functions and services to include cataloging standards such as RDA and MARC21 required. Knowledge of DCRM(B) a plus. Working knowledge of Voyager and OCLC Connexion desired. Experience cataloging for a research library environment a plus. This is a full time, 35 hours per week, residency with salary and benefits. Applications are due by July 15, 2018. 

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter on our website at No phone calls please. The Folger is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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