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Archives and Special Collections Librarian

Juniata College
Huntingdon, PA

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Archives and Special Collections Librarian

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Starting at 46,300

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Key Responsibilities :

Juniata College seeks an experienced, flexible, and innovative academic librarian to join our Statton Learning Commons team as the Archives and Special Collections Librarian. As a part of the Statton Learning Commons team, this position will contribute to shaping the Learning Common’s strategic direction, strengthen library services planning and evaluation, and promoting efficient and collaborative workflows across departments, systems, and projects with a focus on meeting the challenges of the 21st century academic library at an evolving and recognized liberal arts college.

The Archives and Special Collections Librarian will lead the development of a program that is innovative, service-oriented and forward-looking. The position will be visible on campus and actively engaged with students, faculty and staff and other members of the Juniata College community. The Archives and Special Collections Librarian will oversee a collection of college archives, manuscripts, rare books and ephemera and actively seeks to integrate these collections into the curriculum as part of the library’s information literacy team. In addition, the individual will be responsible for selection and implementation of new technology as appropriate to special collections and archival management.

Lead the Archives and Special Collections programs; including planning, policies and procedures, acquisition, records, description, processing and preservation.

  • Promote and provide curriculum integration support, research assistance and information literacy instruction for students and courses utilizing primary sources, archival and special collections.
  • Facilitate discovery and access to collection information through the development of EAD finding aids, the library website and other avenues.
  • Plan and oversee digitization and description and access to Juniata College scholarship and historical materials in support of curricular needs.
  • Consult with campus offices and departments on identifying and retaining permanent institutional records in accordance with records management procedures.

Coordinate the physical care and policy development of the circulating collection

Engage with local and regional historical societies and archives to promote preservation of historical places, objects and documents and to develop educational programs on-site and in the region.

Library liaison to multiple departments, providing targeted library and information literacy support tailored to specific departments – Provides general and virtual information, research and reference services in a variety of formats. Provide research assistance to students and instruction informed by ACRL guidelines for information literacy, create and maintain research guides, tutorials, and other instructional materials, and maintain regular communication with faculty and administrators in assigned departments as a library liaison.
  • Instruction
  • Consultations
  • Library Research Guides
  • Collection Development

In partnership with the Learning Commons team and campus community develop and implement strategic library initiatives that continuously improve the general collection and archives and special collections within the context of the College’s mission and strategic plan.
  • Assists with annual fiscal year budget development related to the general collection and archives and special collection
  • Formulates and implements library policies that enable faculty, students, and the larger college community to effectively access the information that supports research, teaching, and learning.
  • Work with various constituencies and departments in fund raising and grant opportunities.
  • Engage students, faculty, staff, alumni and the local community through creative outreach and advocacy efforts.
  • Review, recommend, and implement of an Institutional Repository.

Manage and supervise specialized student employees, student interns and volunteers.

Engages in professional development activities as appropriate to meet personal and departmental goals and objectives.

Engages in pertinent ongoing service, research, scholarship, and/or creative activity as related to functions of job, mission of Library and of Juniata College.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Juniata College is committed to cultivating an equity-minded and equity-engaged campus culture, one that is inclusive and supportive of its students, faculty, and staff. We believe that all members of the College community share the responsibility to engage, sustain, and leverage an interconnected learning environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and a sense of belonging is explicit. Juniata’s strategic mission promotes diversity in every expression, and amplifies the College’s commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and access. We aim to evolve into a more global, equitable and ethical community, where all Juniatians live a life of inclusive belonging needed for becoming leaders who value and embrace human interconnectedness and dignity. Juniata invites and welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.AA/EOE

Position Qualifications:

•Graduate degree in library or information science or other appropriate field preferred; 3-5 years of experience in academic or other libraries preferred; Experience providing research/reference services; Teaching experience, whether in a library or other educational setting preferred
•Record of collaboration with faculty and students that demonstrates a deep understanding of information literacy, instruction, and special collections processes.
•Successful experience with archival or manuscript collections or similar relevant experience
•Knowledge and ability to apply best practices in archival theory, standards and practices
•Demonstrated knowledge of current technological applications to archival management and access
•Demonstrated project management skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities
•Demonstrated strengths in the identification and use of special collection and archives related technologies
•Ability to leverage assessment for continuous improvement.
•Ability to take initiative, work both independently and collaboratively, handle multiple tasks, set priorities, and complete tasks in a timely manner.
•Interest in working in a dynamic environment and a willingness to be flexible and experiment.
•Excellent organizational, analytical and problem-solving, time management, and communication skills.
•Evidence of a strong and inclusive user service philosophy.
•Knowledge of strategies to improve open access, increase adoption of open educational resources, and educate others on copyright and intellectual property protocols.
•Friendly demeanor with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact in an empathetic and positive manner.
•Ability to quickly learn and apply knowledge to improve procedures and processes.
•Ability to use absolute discretion when dealing with sensitive, confidential materials; familiarity with FERPA a plus.

Supervision Required/Given:

The Archives and Special Collections Librarian reports directly to the
Director of the Statton Learning Commons.

Physical Demands:

Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To promote and sustain the health and safety of our campus community, Juniata College strongly encourages the Covid-19 vaccine and bivalent booster for all Faculty and staff.

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Open Until Filled:



Working at Juniata College 

Juniata College's mission is to provide an engaging personalized educational experience empowering our students to develop the skills, knowledge and values that lead to a fulfilling life of service and ethical leadership in the global community.

Founded in 1876, Juniata is a national liberal arts college located in the scenic Allegheny Mountain region of central Pennsylvania and is the intellectual home for 1,600 students and nearly 14,000 alumni. The College ranks highly in the percentage of graduates that eventually earn doctoral degrees. Juniata integrates international, intercultural and global dimensions into its curriculum and experiential learning opportunities and was awarded the 2012 Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. Juniata is known for the personal attention it gives to students and flexible areas of study (its Program of Emphasis resembles a major but is more flexible, encouraging students to design a program of study and justify their choices. About a third of Juniata students self-design their entire POE.) Each student is assigned two faculty advisers, and the average student-faculty ratio is 13:1.

Juniata is a very strong community where student involvement is paramount. There are no fraternities or sororities. The student clubs and organizations (over 90 currently) have a positive impact on the Juniata community and on the larger community of Huntingdon and the surrounding area.

Juniata College takes positive steps to enhance diversity in both its community and its curriculum. The College commits to this policy not because of legal obligations but because it fully believes that such practices are basic to human dignity. AA/EEO

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