The Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) seeks applications for a unique and exciting position as Curator of Recorded Sound and Media. The successful candidate will combine a passion for time-based media in all formats and genres with excellence in outreach and teaching with primary sources. Reporting to the Chief Curator of the SCRC, the Curator of Recorded Sound and Media will provide curatorial guidance for the audio, film, video, and born-digital collections across the SCRC including the Belfer Audio Archive and University Archives.
The Diane Arthur Belfer Audio Laboratory and Archive was founded in 1963 with a collection of 150,000 recordings. Today the Belfer maintains equipment capable of playing back historical audio and media formats, preserves this media through systematic digitization, and provides students with access to these historical materials through its state-of-the-art classroom. The original Belfer collection is now managed by the SCRC alongside the University’s other rare and unique recorded sound and media holdings which now total over 300,000 items including formats from the earliest experimental recordings on tinfoil to modern digital media. As these media are increasingly utilized in instruction and research at Syracuse University, this position will support student, faculty, and scholarly engagement with the collections through hands-on instructional sessions, social media, and online platforms. The incumbent will actively contribute to the SCRC’s annual program of collection-based exhibitions and events, which include listening parties, public lectures, performances, and workshops.