Curator of Dance at Ohio State University Libraries – Columbus, OH

The Ohio State University Libraries seeks a dynamic and self-motivated individual for the position of Curator of Dance. The Curator of Dance is a crucial partner in the development and provision of teaching and research in dance notation with a strong focus on Labanotation, dance, and the movement arts. The Curator of Dance leads the Libraries’ engagement and building of distinctive collections in these areas to advance discovery and learning in an information-rich environment that respects the multiple ways in which dance is notated, documented, preserved, and represented as well as the growing importance of and opportunities for digital scholarship. The Curator of Dance is responsible for promoting the rich holdings of the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute (TRI) through outreach to and engagement with on- and off-campus constituencies, collection development, research and reference services across the Curator’s area of coverage, and building partnerships to participate in shared professional practices that connect the Libraries’ learning environment, expertise, resources, and services with the varying needs of a diverse constituency. This position reports to the Curator of the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute.


  • Actively engages and communicates effectively with faculty, students, and staff in assigned areas, developing strong working relationships and serving as an authoritative resource for those seeking teaching and research support in engagement with dance notation, dance, and movement arts special collections including Labanotation and other forms of dance notation.
  • Seeks opportunities to collaborate with Dance and the Dance Notation Bureau Extension, and other academic departments to create meaningful and impactful strategies that incorporate TRI’s dance notation, dance, and movement arts holdings into the University’s teaching and research programs.
  • Builds and manages TRI’s distinctive research collections of dance, dance notation, and movement arts materials to support the curricular and research needs of the University’s faculty and students, as well as those of external researchers. The Curator will continually assess user needs and emerging scholarly trends to develop and maintain relevant, high-quality services and collections.
  • Builds cooperative collection development relationships for collaboration, access, and the development of shared resources.
  • Actively develops local, regional, national, and international partnerships and collaborations to advance the strategic directions of the Libraries; represent TRI and OSUL in appropriate forums such as International Council of Kinetography Laban (ICKL), Association of Performing Arts Libraries and Museums (SIBMAS), Dance Notation Bureau, Dance Studies Association (DSA), Dance USA, OhioDance, or similar professional and academic organizations.
  • Supports and engages in fundraising, grant writing, marketing, and outreach that strengthen the Libraries’ programs, in partnership with the University’s Office for Advancement.
  • Participates proactively on library-wide committees, task forces, and teams to integrate TRI’s dance holdings into the Libraries’ wider strategic initiatives.
  • Collaborates with Music/Dance Library librarians, Special Collections curators, Area Studies and other Subject librarians to develop interdisciplinary solutions to integrating distinctive intellectual content and services into the University’s wider academic environment.
  • Contributes actively to scholarship in special collections librarianship and academic fields related to dance notation and dance through active professional engagement and research, presenting at professional and scholarly conferences, and publishing in appropriate venues.
  • Is knowledgeable about and able to speak to a range of library issues, including scholarly communication, digital humanities initiatives, copyright issues, and the pedagogical importance of Special Collections materials in undergraduate and graduate education.
  • Participates in OSUL’s exhibition program by curating gallery exhibitions focusing on dance and dance notation.

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This is a full-time, permanent, 12-month appointment as a tenure-track faculty member. The candidate will be required to meet university and Libraries requirements for promotion and tenure. Salary, position type, and faculty rank are dependent on qualifications and experience.


All of the benefits available to you reflect Ohio State’s commitment to provide high-quality, affordable plans and represent a significant component of your total rewards for working at Ohio State. The University offers competitive benefits in the form of 22 days of vacation, 15 days sick leave, 10 holidays, medical, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance at 2.5 times one’s annual salary. State and alternative retirement choices are also available. For a summary of benefits, see:

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Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by February 10, 2019. Please send cover letter, CV, references, and salary requirements to Brittany Steingass, Please include “Curator of Dance” in the subject field. Additional information about this position can be found at: and in the attached document.

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.


Required Qualifications:

  • An ALA-accredited master’s degree or a comparable graduate degree from a non-U.S. university, reviewed on a case-by-case basis completed by the time of appointment; or, MFA or PhD in Dance obtained by time of appointment.
  • Intermediate to advanced level Labanotation reading skills.
  • Ability to employ a repertoire of communication skills to understand the perspectives and needs of faculty, students, and campus stakeholders, in order to best assess the needs of individuals, programs, and departments.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and creatively in a collaborative and complex environment and a demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Commitment to librarianship, scholarship, and service which are required criteria to meet University and University Libraries requirements for promotion and tenure.

Desired Qualifications:

  • A professional degree, certificate, or coursework in a dance-related field, combined with relevant academic library experience.
  • Evidence of both professional initiative and flexibility.
  • Experience in special collections or archives.
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