Jeffrey Kaimowitz Special Collections and Archives Librarian in Residence

As the Jeffrey Kaimowitz Librarian in Residence, you will have the opportunity to experience all facets of special collections and archives librarianship. You will be able to engage with the Watkinson Library’s dynamic and diverse collections and work closely with librarians in the areas of collection development, outreach, and research. Your experience during this residency will culminate in a personal project that will make a direct impact on the Watkinson Library, the Hartford community, and the discipline of librarianship.

The Watkinson Library is seeking a dynamic and forward-thinking individual for the position of Jeffrey Kaimowitz Special Collections and Archives Librarian in Residence. This is a unique opportunity for a recent graduate or early career professional to join our team and make a significant impact in the field of special collections and archives. The Librarian in Residence will work closely with our Special Collections and Archives team and may be actively involved in the acquisition, preservation, and promotion of our remarkable collections.

Jeffrey Kaimowitz served as the Director of The Watkinson Library for 32 years. He came to work in Special Collections and Archives through his love for Classics. During his tenure at The Watkinson, he built many collections, one of which includes our vast collection of Incunabula. In support of developing the next generation of special collections librarians, this Librarian-in-Residence program will give early-career librarians the opportunity to gain meaningful work experience in Special Collections and Archives.

Participants receive on-the-job training and undertake assignments that contribute to the ongoing mission and work of the Library. They participate in enrichment assignments and receive mentoring from seasoned professionals. They are also expected to participate in Library-wide activities, and to provide information sessions concerning their professional interests to the Trinity and Hartford communities. In addition, the Librarian in Residence will complete a unique project as part of their work that makes some small original contribution to the library specifically or the discipline in general, depending upon the participant’s particular interests.  Candidates may have received a Master’s in Library Science but applications from candidates in all disciplines will be considered.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Collection Development and Management:
    • Assist in the acquisition, organization, and processing of archival collections.
    • Catalog, digitize, and promote unique materials to enhance access and engagement with our collections.
    • Collaborate with faculty and researchers to facilitate the use of our resources in teaching and scholarship.
  • Outreach and Public Engagement:
    • Develop and implement outreach strategies to promote awareness and use of our collections.
    • Organize and participate in public events, exhibitions, and educational programs related to special collections and archives.
  • Reference and Research Assistance:
    • Provide reference and research assistance to patrons using our special collections and archives.
    • Contribute to the development of finding aids and other research guides.
  • Professional Development:
    • Engage in ongoing professional development activities to stay current with best practices in the field.
    • Participate in library and campus committees, as well as professional organizations.


  • Strong interest in special collections and archives.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the library profession.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience or coursework in special collections and archives.
  • Familiarity with archival standards and best practices.
  • Knowledge of digitization and preservation techniques.

Experience with archival management software (e.g., ArchivesSpace) and/or library cataloging systems (e.g. Alma-Primo).

Salary and Benefits:

The Librarian in Residence position is a one-month summer appointment (July). It includes a stipend of $5000.

Application Process:

Interested candidates should submit the following application materials:

  1. A cover letter addressing your interest in the Librarian in Residence position and your relevant qualifications.
  2. A current resume or curriculum vitae.
  3. A list of three professional references, including contact information.

Application Deadline:

The application deadline for this position is April 15th.