Head, John Miller Burnam Classical Library

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John Miller Burnam Classical Library, University of Cincinnati Libraries

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The University of Cincinnati Libraries (UCL) seeks a dynamic, strategic-thinking and collaborative leader to fill the position of Head of the John Miller Burnam Classical Library (Classics Library). The Head of the Classics Library provides leadership for the delivery of responsive, innovative and high-quality services to the internationally recognized Classics Department, researchers, faculty and students and continues to enhance the library’s reputation as a world-class, top-ranking research library for Classics scholars at UC and globally. The Head directs the work of the Classics Library and staff; cultivates and maintains strong working relationships with students, faculty, staff and library administration, as well as outside partners; works collaboratively with Classics faculty, librarians, and others to develop and coordinate both print and digital collections and services; serves as an advocate for library users; assists with the development of policies and procedures; actively participates in and supports UCL digital humanities and digital scholarship initiatives and participates in the success and development of other University of Cincinnati Libraries’ strategic initiatives; and, serves as a member of the Management Council of the UC Libraries.


Reports to and receives direction from the Associate Dean of Library Services. Receives guidance from and consults with the Head of Collections. Cultivates a strong, positive working relationship with the Classics Department and especially the library committee, to ensure needs are being met.


The John Miller Burnam Classical Library is named after a former faculty member of the Classics Department whose excellent private library was willed to the university and became the nucleus of the present library in 1921. The collection was greatly expanded through the personal efforts and generosity of a former chairman of the Department and his wife, William T. and Louise Taft Semple. Mrs. Semple later established a trust fund in honor of her father, Charles Phelps Taft that continues to be the primary support for the acquisition of library materials, thus making the library a major international resource for research in the area of Classical Studies.

Today, collection efforts focus comprehensively on all aspects of the ancient Greek and Roman world. Research materials, whether print, electronic or other formats, cover history, archaeology, language and literature, art, numismatics, science and technology, papyrology, epigraphy and patristics. Furthermore, the Classics Library provides extensive coverage in materials on Byzantine and Modern Greece and strong coverage on ancient Egypt, the Ancient Near East, and paleography. Additionally, the library has a significant collection of 19th-century German dissertations and Programmschriften. The library holdings total over 269,000 items in the library facility. The Classics Library currently subscribes to approximately 2,000 serials and monographic series or sets. The library’s annual growth rate for print materials usually ranges between 4,000 and 5,000 items.   In addition, UC library users have access to considerable online resources.

Graduate students, faculty, and visiting scholars, including the numerous Tytus Scholars, regard the Burnam Classical Library as an excellent research facility both because of the collection’s breadth, including many titles that are not widely found in other U.S. library collections, and the fact that materials on all subjects pertinent to Classics are available within this one library, making research as convenient as possible for scholars.

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