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Special Collections Librarian [Revs Institute for Automotive Research Inc., Naples, FL]


The Revs Institute for Automotive Research Inc., a 501(c) (3) not for profit educational organization, is seeking a Special Collections Librarian to manage its extensive automotive history collections. The Revs Institute®, located in Naples, Florida, has assembled a private research library comprised of over one million original research documents; with over 25, 000 book titles, one million images, and in excess of 350,000 periodicals and related ephemera. This material, along with numerous collections of corporate and private papers, trophies, sales literature, film, memorabilia, and other related media are organized together within the library’s 2 floors totaling over 12,000 sq. ft.

The Revs Institute’s expansive holdings begin at the dawn of the motorcar in the late 19th century and retain continuity up to present day with most English and major foreign language books and publications. Motor racing images and motoring images of all types exist from a majority of the 20th century in various formats. A major photo digitization project was initiated in 2012, with the consulting and development assistance of Stanford University Libraries (SUL). To date, more than 460,000 images have been digitized and retained in a comprehensive website developed by SUL for access and use worldwide in education and historical research. The website contains images from our permanent collection and was processed by our library team in Naples, with the digitization outsourced.  Revs also offers archival prints and image files for sale to enthusiasts and for commercial use, with proceeds used to support our mission. Revs Digital Library Website:

The Revs Institute also houses the Collier Collection of important automobiles built between 1896 and 1995. The collection contains automobiles of historical significance that are representative of those which helped formulate the world as we know it today. The institute also contains a large preservation workshop that maintains all the vehicles in running order.  Revs opens its galleries to the public three days per week by appointment only. Please visit our website to learn more about The Revs Institute:

Position: Special Collections Librarian
Compensation:  Full time position, excellent benefits.  Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Job Description: Position Summary:

The Revs Institute for Automotive Research, Inc. seeks an experienced and team oriented Special Collections Librarian to coordinate the administration and operation of the Institute’s special collections. The Special Collections Librarian will ensure that the collections are maintained according to current library standards and archival practices. The position requires services to visiting scholars, students, researchers, and historians, as well as responding to inquiries from outside sources via electronic media, and maintains a supervisory role of six supporting library staff, volunteers and student interns.  Activities to include, but not limited to, research services, reference and instructional activities publications, preservation of materials, archival processing, cataloguing and metadata processing. Additionally, s/he assists with the development of short and long range plans of the special collections, to include future digitization efforts. The Special Collections Librarian reports to and works closely with the Vice President of The Revs Institute who oversees the operations of the library and related auto museum collection.


  • Supervising the recruitment, training and performance management of library staff; contributing to the development of policies and procedures; representing the library and archive to visiting historians, researchers, faculty, staff and the auto history community.
  • Coordinating outreach and engagement initiatives for the special collections, to include, but not limited to, providing reference, research and instructional assistance.
  • Coordinating the production of select print and electronic publications directly related to special collections, and the Institute’s overall mission.
  • Planning, managing and implementing library policy, including creating and monitoring budget.
  • Select /Recommend new collection materials for the library
  • Assist in analyzing possible acquisitions of automotive collections
  • Assist in content development and creative process for Institute’s website and other social media outlets.
  • Ensures the preservation needs are maintained, and that provenance records and archival organization needs are met.
Education / Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications:

  • An MLS /MLIS from an ALA accredited institution, or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum of 3-5 years’ relevant experience in special collections or archives in a research library.
  • Experience being responsible for the recruitment, training and performance management of staff.
  • Experience attending to budget matters related to department operations and management.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing effective research assistance to visitors and in electronic requests.
  • Evidence of the ability to participate in professional organizations, and to be engaged in research and scholarship as required.
  • Experience in handling of rare books, and of proper archival practices.
  • Exceptional research skills utilizing all facets of digital, print and related media.
  • Good understanding of proper cataloguing and metadata methods.
  • Understanding of digital collections, the use of online databases, and facility in using common software packages (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Photoshop)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent understanding and knowledge of automobile history.
  • Successful completion of the Academy of Certified Archivists program.13926
  • Evidence of successful collaborative initiatives.
  • Experience supervising of student interns and volunteers.
  • Familiarity with digitization projects and formats, and related metadata frameworks.
  • Experience in production/editing of published materials and creation of website content related to the institution.
Location and Employer: The Revs Institute for Automotive Research Inc.

2500 South Horseshoe Dr. Naples, FL 34104

To Apply

Instructions for Applying: Submit application, cover letter, resume and the name and contact information for three professional references to the above email address.
For More Information:

Additional Information

Job Classification: Special Collections Librarian and Archivist
Library Type: Special Collections Library- Automotive History
Job Location: Naples; Southwest Florida
Employment Status: Full-time employment
Job Information
  • Naples, Florida, 34104, United States
  • 26863355
  • February 12, 2016
  • Special Collections Librarian
  • The Revs Institute for Automotive Research, Inc.
  • Registrar/Collections Management
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • Indefinite
  • 0-10%


  1. Where does one find the application for the position? Special Collections

  2. Hi Craig,

    Check with the institution, either online or in person. They should have more information for you.

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