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Associate Professor and Head of Special Collections and Archives - University Libraries (6674)

Northern Illinois University (NIU)
DeKalb, IL

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Associate Professor

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Associate Professor and Head of Special Collections and Archives - University Libraries (6674)

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Position Description Summary:

Leads the management and oversight of rare books, manuscripts, regional history collections, and university archives. Supervises faculty and operating staff in rare books and archives areas. Engages in outreach and coordinates with donors. Coordinates engagement activities for the department. Fulfills requirements for faculty status in areas of contributions to librarianship, scholarly activity, and service. Works with library faculty and operating staff members in a consultative, collegial environment.

<b>University and College Description:</b>

The Northern Illinois University Libraries seek a highly engaged and innovative individual to serve as the Head of the Special Collections and Archives Department. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Collections Management, the incumbent leads the management and oversight of rare books, manuscripts, regional history collections, and university archives. The position supervises faculty and operating staff in rare books and archives areas, engages in outreach, works with donors, and coordinates engagement activities for the department. Notable print collections include dime novels, science fiction, and American popular literature. The Regional History Collection includes materials from eighteen northern Illinois counties. The University Archives contains a wealth of material about NIU and its 125 year history.

Northern Illinois University is a public Doctoral/Research university and a member of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, with a Carnegie classification of “high research activity.” NIU is located 65 miles west of Chicago, IL (only 16 miles from the nearest Chicago Metra station) and 99 miles south of Madison, WI. NIU’s diverse student population is 21% LatinX, 19% African American, and 6% Asian American, with international students from 118 countries. Comprised of seven degree-granting colleges (Business, Education, Engineering and Engineering Technology, Health and Human Sciences, Law, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Visual and Performing Arts) and multiple research programs, NIU is one of only three NCAA Division 1 schools in Illinois and competes in the Mid-American Conference.

Required Qualifications:

Required Qualifications: · Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program in library/information science, or equivalent degree program · Additional graduate degree · 5 years of professional experience working in library special collections and/or archives · 3 years of supervisory experience · Demonstrated scholarship appropriate to appointment at the Associate Professor level or higher

Preferred Qualifications:

· Experience working with library donors · Experience designing and planning digitization for special collections or archival materials

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Starting at $77k and commensurate with experience

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Preference will be given to applications received by July 28, 2021; however, applications will continue to be accepted until position is filled. Applicants must apply online at and upload the following materials:· Letter of application which includes discussion of your qualifications as they relate to equity, diversity, and historically marginalized and underrepresented groups· Current curriculum vitae· List of three current references with contact information· Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)

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EEO Statement:

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Health Services 230
[email protected]

Visa Policy:

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation:

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form. For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Education (AAEOE) at [email protected].

Clery Act Information:

NIU provides information regarding campus security, personal and fire safety, including topics such as: crime prevention, emergency response procedures and crime reporting policies, in addition to crime and fire statistics for the most recent three calendar years. The Annual Security Report containing security and safety information is available at or by contacting the University Police Department and Public Safety Department at 815-753-9628 to receive a hard copy. The Annual Fire Safety Report is available at or by contacting the Environmental Health and Safety Department at 815-753-0404 to receive a hard copy.

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Northern Illinois University is a comprehensive research university offering programs from the baccalaureate through the doctorate. Colleges include business, education, engineering and engineering technology, law, liberal arts and sciences, health and human sciences, and visual and performing arts. On-campus enrollment is approximately 18,000 students. The university also offers more than 200 extension courses each semester to students in communities throughout northern Illinois.

The main campus is located in DeKalb, 65 miles west of Chicago's "Loop" and 40 miles southeast of Rockford. In addition to the main campus, NIU has three education centers in Hoffman Estates, Rockford, and Naperville. DeKalb/Sycamore, with a population of about 50,000, is a modern paradox, a rural/urban community. It is simultaneously recognized for its manufacturing and rich farmlands. The site of the first manufacture of barbed wire and the development of hybrid seed corn are evidence of its diversified history. The blend of industry and agriculture, coupled with the cultural and recreational facilities of the university and supplemented by easy access to Chicago and Rockford, provide an enjoyable environment in which to live.

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