About the American Philosophical Society
An eminent scholarly organization of international reputation, the American Philosophical Society (APS) promotes knowledge in the sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, publications, library resources, and community outreach. This country's first learned society, the APS has played an important role in American cultural and intellectual life for over 250 years. The APS is located in historic Old City Philadelphia, near Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.
The Library of the Society houses over 13 million manuscripts, 250,000 volumes and bound periodicals, 250,000 images, and thousands of hours of audio material with particular strengths in the history of science, early America, Native American linguistics, and anthropology.
About the Position
Reporting to the Director of the APS Library (Librarian of the Society), the Associate Director of Scholarly Programs will organize and supervise the execution of all scholarly programming at the American Philosophical Society’s Library. The current programming at the Library consists of a robust fellowship program (approximately 30 per year in a wide range of fields, with further growth anticipated), a lunchtime seminar series (approximately eight events per year), a writing workshop for young scholars (approximately six events per year), a regular evening gathering of resident fellows, an annual international conference, and other efforts to support scholars’ research and development at the Library. The programs are intended to make the APS Library a center for intellectual exchange and discussion.
In addition to the general scholarly programming of the Library, the Associate Director will supervise the scholarly programming at the APS’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR). The new hire’s chief and immediate responsibility for CNAIR will be implementing a new Mellon Foundation-funded program titled “Native American Scholars Initiative.” The program supports two long-term fellows who are working in close collaboration with Native communities in the fields of linguistics, history, anthropology or related disciplines. The program also funds several short-term fellows working with digital materials and an internship program for undergraduates interested in working on a digital humanities project during the summer. The Associate Director will also work in collaboration with the Library’s Curator of Native American Materials to build connections between the APS and other institutions, indigenous communities, and researchers to develop projects using APS materials.
Longer term, the Library has also begun a concerted push to support the development and publication of digital humanities projects and is planning a program in early American studies. The Associate Director will support the programmatic growth in each of these fields and execute new programs and grants that advance these initiatives.
- Ph.D., preferably in a field related to the APS's holdings
- A history of scholarly activity, preferably one that involves archival research
- Experience working in scholarly institutions and fellowship programs, preferably in a research library
- Administrative experience with the ability plan, organize, and administer events
- Willingness to work in the Reading Room of a research library and aid researchers seeking access to materials through reference requests and other inquiries
- Preferred experience in early American history/Native American history and culture due to new initiatives in these areas