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Curator of Special Collections and University Archivist

Wichita State University
Wichita, Kansas
Minimum low $60’s and commensurate with experience

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Wichita State University Libraries invites applications for an innovative, forward-thinking, and experienced professional to assume the leadership for the University Libraries Special Collections and University Archives. Special Collections is a dynamic, engaged, service-oriented and collaborative environment, with growing education and outreach programs. The collections contain both physical and digital formats with collection strengths including local, state, and regional history; Wichita’s business and aviation histories; political papers of local and state officials; the Aitchison Rare Books Collection, Gordon Parks Papers, and Wichita State’s institutional history. The Curator must be highly knowledgeable about current standards and emerging archival trends and technologies. The curator must also be committed to campus and community outreach through the development and promotion of the collections in support of success in learning, scholarship and research by student, faculty, community, and world-wide users. Required Qualification: MLS or equivalent degree from an ALA accredited program; minimum four years of professional experience working with special collections and/or archives within an academic research library or large research collection including increasing administrative responsibility for managing the collections and staff; experience using current archival technologies including a content management system for user services, collection discovery, and preservation in both physical and on-line environments; demonstrated experience working effectively on teams; and experience developing and providing outreach and educational programming. The successful candidate will have demonstrated knowledge of collection development for archives, rare books and special collections; of archival principles and preservation techniques; and of contemporary and emerging digital and archival standards. The candidate will also have demonstrated knowledge of content management software programs commonly used in Special Collections/Archives; demonstrated ability to build relationships and work effectively with faculty, students, donors, colleagues, researchers, and community members; the ability to work independently; demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills including exceptional public speaking skills; demonstrated commitment to donor development; demonstrated knowledge of intellectual property rights and issues for a variety of media types; and demonstrated potential to meet the University Libraries’ tenure and promotion requirements for librarianship, scholarship, and service at a level that would merit tenure and promotion.

Salary minimum low $60’s; 12-month contract; excellent professional development support, vacation and benefits, including TIAA-CREF. Faculty librarians have tenure-eligible appointments with rank. WSU is an AA/EOE. Position will be open until filled; however, priority review will be given to applications received before January 10, 2023. For application process and full position description including required and preferred qualifications, go to:

Wichita State University does not discriminate in its employment practices, educational programs, or activities on the basis of age (40 years or older), ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding WSU’s non-discrimination policies: the Institutional Equity and Compliance Director (Telephone: (316) 978-3205), Title IX Coordinator (Telephone: (316) 978-5177), or Equal Opportunity Coordinator (Telephone: (316) 978-3186), each located at Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260, Human Resources Building.”

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