Associate University Librarian for Special Collections and Archives
Posting Number: Fac/Lib000561
Academic Title: Associate University Librarian for Special Collections and Archives
Administrative Title: Associate University Librarian for Special Collections and Archives
Specialty: Special Collections and Archives
Contract Type: Librarian
Proposed Start Date: 04/30/2014
Position Description Summary:
The George Washington University Libraries (GW Libraries) is seeking nominations and applications for an Associate University Librarian for Special Collections and Archives (AUL/SC&A). The person in this recently redefined, senior-level administrative position will have the opportunity to lead a dynamic, multifaceted special collections and archives team and to take a lead role in developing policies, strategies and innovative scholarly approaches to growing the important collections and services that give the twenty-first century research library its identity.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
The AUL/ SC&A reports to the University Librarian and Vice Provost for Libraries, working closely with three other Associate University Librarians as part of the administrative team that provides leadership for the library system. The AUL/SC&A will help define and realize the University’s twenty-first-century identity through its unique and specialized research collections. Serving faculty, students, and outside scholars in ways that speak to the University’s role at the heart of the nation’s capital, the division of Special Collections and Archives includes premier collections in labor history (the archives of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the National Education Association) and the history and culture of the District of Columbia, as well as the Kiev Judaica Collection and the Global Resources Center (GRC). The latter provides resources and expertise for the growing interest in research with a global focus, with a concentration on Asia and the Middle East. A key challenge for the new AUL will be to sustain and develop a robust digital presence for these collections and services, moving beyond the digitization efforts already underway to address the curation and preservation of born-digital material. Collaborating with both faculty and donors will be essential to the success of these endeavors, which occupy the forefront of the Libraries’ mission, helping secure GW’s place as a top-tier research university.
As a member of the senior administrative team, the AUL/ SC&A contributes to planning, policy development, resource management and decision-making for the GW Libraries, which is comprised of the main library and the libraries of the Mount Vernon and Virginia campuses. The AUL/SC&A will serve on Library, University, and consortium committees, as well as representing the Libraries and the University in a variety of groups and forums.
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: ALA-accredited MLS in library or information science or equivalent. Minimum ten years of experience as a professional librarian or archivist in increasingly responsible positions in collection development, special collections or acquisitions, or in some combination of these three areas totaling at least ten years. At least five years of experience in a managerial or supervisory role in academic or research institutions.
Comprehensive benefits package includes 22 days/year paid annual leave plus 12 days per year paid sick leave; medical; TIAA/CREF; tuition assistance.
EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES PREFERRED: Ph.D. degree in a subject discipline. Experience in working in a research library and supporting university faculty with their research that involves digital technologies. Work in digital humanities and experience with technologies used to support digital humanities scholarship. Substantive experience in budget preparation, projection and analysis and grant proposal development. Knowledge of and experience with current digital collection management practices and access issues. Deep knowledge of research library special collections as demonstrated by experience working with such collections. Experience with area studies collections, especially Asian and Russian materials. Substantial record of effective engagement with faculty in the development of collections and their use in research and teaching. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Creativity and excellent organizational skills. Willingness and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.
The GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES AND The GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
Located four blocks from the White House, The George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. The University offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business, and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and more than 120 countries.
The George Washington University Libraries value and foster flexibility, creativity and openness to new ideas for all staff. The GW Libraries are committed to and support development, training and professional service. The GW Libraries staff participate in meetings of the Association of Research Libraries, the Washington Research Library Consortium, the Chesapeake Information and Research Library Alliance, and the Northeast Research Libraries Consortium, as well as other leading library organizations.
Visit http://library.gwu.edu for more information about the GW Libraries and the George Washington University.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Review of applications will begin on March 11, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered. To be considered, upload a cover letter that includes an assessment of skills related to basic qualifications, and curriculum vitae
The University and department have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among librarians and staff. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups and strongly encourage women and persons of color to apply for this position.
The George Washington University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Posting Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
The George Washington University is an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action Employer.
Quick Link http://www.gwu.jobs:80/postings/20206
Posting Specific Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
- * Do you have an ALA-accredited MLS in library or information science or equivalent?
- * Do you have a minimum ten years of experience as a professional librarian or archivist in increasingly responsible positions in collection development, special collections or acquisitions, or in some combination of these three areas totaling at least ten years?
- * Do you have at least five years of experience in a managerial or supervisory role in academic or research institutions?
- * If required, will you submit to a pre-employment background check?
- * Are you currently authorized to work in the U.S. on a full-time basis for any employer?
- Cover Letter
- Curriculum Vitae
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