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Job Title: Head of Special Collections and Archives

Job Description:


Reporting to Associate Director for Creation and Curation, the Head of Special Collections and Archives will take a leadership role in the effective management and oversight of the rare book and manuscript collections, university and general archives, and preservation operations.



  1. The head is responsible for articulating and the ongoing management of a fresh focus for the collections, cultivating new collections and donor relationships, expanding the teaching and research use of the collections, expanding engagement with the academic and general communities, and overseeing print and digital preservation operations. (40%)
  2. The head advises the Associate Provost and University Librarian on the acceptance of special gift collections, and works closely with the Director of Library Development in external advancement efforts. The head participates in developing and implementing policies and procedures that enhance growth of and access to special collections, working collaboratively to do so with the leaders of the library’s research services, digital learning and scholarship, and acquisitions and metadata services. (20%)
  3. Manage staff and projects of special collections and archives. Collaborate with staff on all levels of the organization to support the provision of library services. (40%)



Supervise exempt and non-exempt staff, student employees, and temporary full or part-time workers as follows: 2 FTE librarians and 3 archivists.  Four additional positions are now being recruited for 2-year or 3-year terms to accelerate processing of university archives and manuscript collections.



Experience: Significant experience working with rare books, special collections and/or archives in a university setting

Education: A Master's degree in Library/Information Science or an advanced degree in a related discipline.



  1. Job Performance.   Able to make decisions on a strategic basis.  Can partner effectively with organizational executive management and give enterprise direction to library program staff and customers.  An expert in a specific domain and is knowledgeable of (and able to implement in his/her work) best practices.  Uses advanced techniques and technology to innovate.  A demonstrable record of accomplishments for advancing library goals, the University, and the profession.  Able to perform or administer highly complex or specialized duties.   Able to write and explain library policies, and regularly employ general management theories and practices.
  2. Professional Knowledge, Abilities and Skills.Possess extensive knowledge, skills and abilities within one’s domains of knowledge.  Accomplishments are recognized at the University and in the field.  Knowledgeable about emerging issues and trends relating to the future direction of the library.  Able to articulate effectively the place, role and application of trends on the library.   Understand and focus on organizational positioning, strategic alignment, leading teams and staff, change management, and professional leadership.  Possess a high level of expertise in research or other professional endeavors within his/her specific area of work.
  3. Professional Contributions.Demonstrate evidence of substantial and sustained professional contributions to the library and to the institution through professional service (e.g., officer or chair of professional organizations or scholarly contribution (e.g., professional publications and presentations) at the state, regional, national or international level).
  4. Professional Qualities.  Able to, and willingly offers, to effectively mentor other library staff.
  5. Clear awareness of current relevant best practices and standards.
  6. Outgoing and persuasive personality.
  7. Excellent communication and customer service skills.
  8. Demonstrable collaborative management style.
  9. Record of success growing and promoting large and diverse collections.
  10. Prefer excellent interpersonal, communication, and analytical skills.
  11. Prefer possess commitment to exceptional user services.
  12. Prefer experience mounting exhibits and special events programming.
  13. Prefer a successful record OR strong ability to fundraise, donor development, or grant-writing.
  14. Prefer sound knowledge of library preservation and digitization practices relevant to special collections.
  15. Prefer evidence of professional service or publication.
  16. Prefer experience deploying social media and other creative technologies to increase the use of special collections.


Application Process The full job description and application information are available at https://tinyurl.com/ydytg98j Job ID 6218.

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