Special Collections Librarian

Charlottesville, VA
May 12, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Working Title: Special Collections Librarian

Position Type: Professional Research Staff

Department: School of Law

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 05-11-2017

Posting Summary:
The Law Library at the University of Virginia School of Law seeks a Librarian to shape the future of its Special Collections and further the Library's mission of preserving and interpreting the history of the School of Law. The Special Collections Librarian will work within the Library's diverse collection of rare books and historical manuscripts and archives of the UVA Law School to ensure their preservation, and will develop strategies that maintain Special Collections' role in advancing the current and future scholarly needs of the Law School, and expanding and preserving the history of the Law School community. The Special Collections Librarian will act as a connection point between the Law School, its faculty, and its alumni by working to acquire new, relevant collections from faculty and other community members while ensuring their shared access to the history of the institution.

The Special Collections Librarian will participate in collecting, processing, organizing, preserving, digitizing, and making accessible collections of photographs, manuscripts, and rare books. The Librarian will play a lead role in setting priorities for digitizing and processing archival materials. The Librarian will develop and improve the digital tools and user interfaces of the library's online collections; will lead the Library's efforts to promote Special Collections materials and projects and the Law School's history by publishing including scholarly publications, blogs and social media, exhibitions, and online. The Librarian will be the liaison to the larger library community regarding the acquisition, description, and preservation of rare materials.

Required qualifications include an ALA-accredited Master's degree in information/library science, or graduate degree in archival studies, history, law, or a related field with library or archives experience; prior experience in special collections and/or archives; commitment to public services and user-centered reference and instructional services; ability to supervise, mentor, and train special collections and archives personnel; knowledge of current practice and research in archival management policies and procedures; assistance with grant writing, donor relations, and collection solicitation; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to work effectively with culturally diverse library users and colleagues; excellent archival-based research skills and synthesis of archival materials into historical writing; ability to speak about a range of library issues including scholarly communication, digital initiatives, and the use of online tools; demonstrated project management, organizational, analytical, and problem solving skills; ability to work collaboratively with faculty, reference librarians, special collections staff, and others.

Preferred qualifications include a relevant, terminal degree, particularly Law or History; history of peer-reviewed publications in professional journals; demonstrated use of technology to advance teaching and learning with special collections materials; understanding of issues pertaining to the collection and dissemination of institutional histories; ability to apply basic principles of website design, database management, and standards-based metadata.

Apply on-line at http://jobs.virginia.edu (Posting Number 0620954). Include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references.

Review of applications will begin on June 1, 2017; however, the position will remain open until filled.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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