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Assistant Professor, Library & Information Science/Special Collections & Archives Librarian

Southern Utah University
Cedar City
57000 per year + DOE

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Assistant Professor, Library & Information Science/Special Collections & Archives Librarian

Cedar City, UT, USA
57000 per year + DOE
Full Time

Job Description:

The Gerald R Sherratt Library at Southern Utah University invites applications for the position of Special Collections and Archives Librarian. This position manages the university's archive and provides strategic vision, leadership, and program development for the Library's Special Collections.

The successful candidate will supervise the Special Collections staff, as well as student employees and community volunteers; direct the ongoing development, preservation, promotion and access efforts of the university's archive and the library's unique and most valuable materials. With strengths in the traditional areas of history, culture, and literature, the Sherratt Library's Special Collections primary focus is on books, manuscripts, photographs and artifacts that support the core collection goals: Utah/southern Utah history, Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, Shakespeare and National Parks/Public Lands.

This 10.5-month, tenure-track faculty position includes instruction and curricular responsibilities including teaching in the Information Literacy and/or School Library programs, working as a library liaison with one or more assigned departments, providing 1-shot in-class research instruction and working a scheduled shift at the library's Reference Desk. Library faculty are expected to work collaboratively and to be committed to student learning and will fulfill the responsibilities, contribute to faculty governance through campus committee service, and engage with the archival and/or academic librarianship community through professional development, local/regional consortia or library association service, and scholarship.

Located in beautiful Cedar City, Utah, Southern Utah University is a rural, state university offering associate, bachelors, masters, degrees in over 100 programs. Within 5-hour drive of eight national parks, home to the Southern Utah Museum of Art, and host to the Tony-award winning Utah Shakespeare Festival, Cedar City provides a plethora of scenic, historical, and cultural opportunities.

First Consideration Date for Applicants: 02/15/2023

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Manage Special Collections and the University Archives, the assigned spaces, and collections. Define goals, set policies, supervise, and evaluate staff; coordinate and direct the service of volunteers. Initiate and develop relationships with potential donors.
2. Identify, select, and acquire materials in accordance with the policy of the Library and of Special Collections.
3. Prioritize, direct, and approve, activity in preservation, archival arrangement and description, cataloguing, shelving, and digitization.
4. Identify, write, and administer grants sustaining Special Collections initiatives and collections.
5. Coordinate the gathering of departmental data for library reporting and assessment.
6. Teach assigned sections of courses that originate in the Department of Library & Information Science.
7. Work collegially with Library faculty and staff in internal planning, decision-making processes, participation in work groups, and regular service assignments at the Questions Desk.
8. Act as a liaison to academic departments to encourage faculty in best utilizing research instruction for student coursework.
9. Other duties as required and assigned by Library Administration.

Education and Experience Requirements:

1. MLS from ALA-accredited library school or foreign equivalent.
2. Current professional accreditation by the Academy of Certified Archivists.
3. Formal training or documented practical experience in archives/manuscripts procedures, including records appraisal, archival processing, and preservation of materials and artifacts, archival description to current standards.
4. Two or more years of full-time experience in an academic library special collections department; successful supervisory experience.
5. Demonstrable proficiency with digital-asset management.
6. Experience with paper, book, photograph, and media preservation.
7. Ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks asynchronously in an academic environment.
8. Ability to work and serve cooperatively with diverse groups.
9. Organizational, written, and oral-communication skills.

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Contact Information for at least 3 Professional References

Southern Utah University is committed to maintaining a community which recognizes and values the worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, understanding, and mutual respect among its members; and encourages individual commitment to personal responsibilities in equal measure with personal rights. In pursuit of its goal of academic excellence, the University seeks to develop and nurture diversity. The University believes that diversity among its many members strengthens the institution, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas, and enriches campus life.

Southern Utah University does not discriminate against any member of the University community on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, veteran status, pregnancy, pregnancy-related condition, genetic information, or other bases protected by applicable law in employment, treatment, admission, access to educational programs and activities, or other University benefits or services.

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