Curator of Manuscript Collections

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Position Number 003219

Functional Title Curator of Manuscript Collections

Position Type Tenure Stream

Position Summary

The University Libraries at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro seeks a dynamic, innovative, and collaborative professional for the position of Manuscript Archivist. Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) and working with the department's staff, the Manuscript Archivist will develop new collecting areas and initiatives, strengthen existing collections, and provide information and research expertise to faculty, students, and visiting researchers. Specifically, the Manuscript Archivist will lead in efforts to grow and promote manuscript collections for SCUA.

The Manuscript Archivist will work with a highly collaborative team of five librarians and seven paraprofessionals who have built a successful program of collecting, outreach, and instruction. This individual will contribute to the development of projects, programs, and relationships that will promote the collections and services of the Special Collections and University Archives department as well as the University Libraries. It is a twelve-month tenure track faculty position. Demonstrated professional achievement, service, and scholarly activity are required for reappointment and tenure.

Primary Responsibilities:
•Oversees the appraisal and acquisition of materials and creates accession records for the department's manuscript holdings in ArchivesSpace.

•Administers the arrangement and description of the department's manuscript collections and the creation of finding aids in ArchivesSpace.

•Manages manuscript collections (analog and digital) to ensure long-term accessibility and preservation for research, instruction, and outreach initiatives.

•Promotes the use of manuscript holdings in teaching through participation in the department's program of instructional sessions and workshops.

•Engages with university faculty to discover, develop, and highlight manuscript collections in support of ongoing research, teaching, and scholarship.

•Leads in the setting of the department's manuscript collection development priorities and pursues an active outreach program that supports existing and emerging areas of collection strength.

•Cultivates and stewards relationships with donors of personal or organizational collections.

•Promotes the manuscript collections' profile and visibility at UNCG and in the larger Greensboro community through outreach initiatives, social media, and public programming.

•Conducts the evaluation of manuscript collections to be considered for digitization.

•Participates in the department's reference, instruction, and outreach programs.

Minimum Qualifications

•Master's degree from an ALA-Accredited program in library and information science.

•Minimum of two years of experience implementing best practices and standards in archival arrangement and description.

•Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in the appraisal, acquisition, description, preservation, and delivery of manuscript materials.

•Experience with archival content management systems, such as ArchivesSpace, Archivists' Toolkit, or Archon.

•Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to speak to a wide range of audiences, such as faculty, students, donors, development staff, alumni, and the general public.

•Ability to effectively perform in a collaborative setting utilizing strong organizational and project management skills.

Preferred Qualifications

•Demonstrated knowledge of the best practices of collection development.

•Ability to teach instructional sessions that focus on research methods and primary source literacy.

•Experience in grant writing and donor development.

•Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work with a wide range of collections materials; these include: paper, photographs, audio recordings, artifacts, and born-digital records.

•Experience in supervising staff, student workers, or volunteers.

Tenure Status Tenure Track

Special Instructions to Applicants

Salary and Benefits:

This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure track position. The salary for the position is competitive and is contingent upon the qualifications and experience of the candidate. Standard benefits include state or optional (including TIAA-CREF) retirement plans, state health plan and 24 vacation days per year.

Application Procedures:

Upload an application letter addressing qualifications, along with a current curriculum vita and the names of three recent professional references.

Preference will be given to applications received by January 28, 2019. The position will remain open until filled. The start date is negotiable.

UNCG has a strong commitment to serve its highly diverse community. As such, UNCG welcomes applications from women, underrepresented racial/ethnic minority group members, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups and others who would enrich the University's mission. UNCG is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Recruitment Range The salary for the position is competitive and is contingent upon the qualifications and experience.

Org #-Department University Libraries - 11601

Job Open Date 12/20/2018

For Best Consideration Date 01/28/2019

Job Close Date

Open Until Filled No

Type of Appointment Permanent

Number of Months per Year 12

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    Posted: 12/22/2018
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