Valeria Gauz

Professional Experience in Brazil and in the United States

Position: Rare Book Librarian

Museu da República

May 2011 to the present

• Curatorship of virtual exhibition (2014):
Dedicatórias a Getulio Vargas: Fragmentos de Uma Biblioteca

• Creation of the Rare Book and Special Collections Section (2013)

The evaluation and recataloguing of rare materials allowed to store them in a separate area of the museum´s library.

Provenance of books (2011):

Database of people´ s and institution´ s names in books today in the museum library collection from ex-libris, signatures, stamps and alike.

For the period between 2007 and 2011, please go to Education.

Position: Catalogue Librarian

John Carter Brown Library.
October 1998 to October 2005

•  Performed original and full cataloguing of rare books in Portuguese and Spanish. The project made possible the access to rare, historical documents and is considered a model for other libraries in the United States and other countries.

. Created the Codigo Brasiliense web site with Brazilian government documents of the colonial period:

The site made available approximately 2.000 documents. Moreover, it added to the LAMP Project of Chicago, in which Brazilian government documents from the imperial and republican periods can be searched on the internet.


Supervisory duties (indirect).


•  Compiled a printed catalog of 1250 references (using the database FileMaker). The Portuguese and Brazilian Books in the John Carter Brown Library, 1507–1839 , was published in 2009 and is a candidate for the 16th Breslauer Prize for Bibliography


Position: Technical Librarian and Consultant

Museu da República
October 1995 to September 1998


•  Proposal to implement the internet in the Museu da República departments, and train staff for the use of electronic lists etc. Responsible for the Museum web site updates.


•  Digitization of archival documents for a law firm based in Rio de Janeiro. The project partially solved space problem and made access to documents easier. Supervisory duties. Project developed by Hollos Assessoria e Consultoria Ltda.


Position: Head of Division in different departments

Biblioteca Nacional, Brazil
July 1989 to March 1995


Microforms Division


•  Responsible for the reproduction of the Library's collection (microfilms, photographs, and photocopies), and of other libraries' collections. Supervisory duties (25 people), and management of projects.


•  Evaluation and analysis of information needs on local and national levels. Organization of two national meetings for the National Periodicals Microfilm Project (Plano). This contributed to an improvement in the relationship between the Biblioteca Nacional and the state coordinators for the microfilming national project.


•  Implementation of a 7,400 microfilmed newspaper database. The project made possible to organize 15 years of data then available in paper form only, and served as a basis for the Catálogo de Periódicos Brasileiros Microfilmados (1994). As a result, the Biblioteca Nacional and the state coordinators of the Plano were able to plan yearly activities from updated information.


•  Organization, with other departments, of technical meetings in the Biblioteca Nacional on collection reproduction policies, improving communication among the departments and user's services.


International Affairs


•  Several actions were implemented to promote the Brazilian literature abroad. These included the elaboration/coordination of catalogs, organization of events, and participation at bookfairs. The initiatives gathered authors, translators, and literary agents, leading to occasional businesses. Supervisory duties.


Rare Book Division


•  Several actions were implemented in order to attend user's needs, such as irrestrict access to major reference sources.


•  Evaluation and analysis of information needs. Implementation of a study to design user's characteristics and information needs in order to achieve positive results attending the public, improve cataloguing practices, and map demands from partner institutions of the Biblioteca Nacional nationwide for Planor, or Plano Nacional de Obras Raras (National Program for Rare Books). The study, approved as a Master's thesis at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro/IBICT, may have helped making decisions during the pre-automation process of the card catalog, confirmed hypothesis, and showed a clearer map of collections status in other libraries in Brazil.


•  Supervisory duties of 20 people and management of a forty-thousand volume rare book collection.


General Collections


•  Coordination of reference services in general, while supervising a staff of 27 people and a collection of about four million volumes, old and modern.

Position: Rare Book Catalogue and Reference Librarian

June 1982 to June 1989


•  Descriptive cataloguing of sixteenth and seventeenth century books in several Latin languages. The job included frequent work as a reference librarian. Participation in publications.

Position: Responsible for the Library
Our Lady of Mercy School

August 1981 to June 1982

•    Responsible for the library of the Catholic school, creating activities for children and adolescents, such as the context about Monteiro Lobato.

            Position: Intern

Faculdade de Economia e Administração (FEA)/UFRJ


Internship at the Eugênio Gudin Library, in both control of periodical publications and reference services.