Associate University Librarian, Archives & Special Collections, & Director of the Harrison Institute – University of Virginia – Charlottesville, VA

Job posting 1

Job posting 2

The Library at the University of Virginia is looking for a leader in the field of special collections and archives, someone with vision and ambition equal to the depth and quality of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. This person will be appointed Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Archives and Special Collections, and will also serve as Director of the Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture.

This position reports to the Dean of the Libraries and University Librarian, and its occupant will be a member of the University’s Academic General Faculty at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, and a member of the Library’s Senior Leadership Group. The AUL for Archives and Special Collections will oversee rapidly growing and actively used collections, supported by substantial endowments. Under new leadership, the Library is at the very beginning of a capital campaign, preparing for strategic planning, anticipating a renovation of the main library building, and reimagining the digital humanities.


The responsibilities of this position include:

  • Working with the dean of libraries to set the strategic direction of the University’s archives and special collections.
  • Managing a diverse and dedicated staff that includes three curators, an archivist, a research archivist, an exhibitions coordinator, a librarian and archivist of Virginiana, two rare book catalogers, two manuscript processors, three reference librarians, a director of operations, and a stacks supervisor. Currently vacant positions include the University Archivist, a reference librarian, an instruction librarian, and a special collections acquisitions expert. Additional temporary or permanent hiring could include manuscript processors, Rare Book catalogers, and an archivist for architectural drawings.
  • Collaborating with the dean of libraries and colleagues from across the University to lead the public programs, fellowships, and exhibitions of the Harrison Institute, the companion humanities unit that shares the special collections building.
  • Overseeing the operations of the Small Special Collections Library and Harrison Institute including reference and instructional services; events and exhibitions; promotion, marketing and outreach activities; collections management and processing; development of digital projects; budgeting and personnel management; fellowship program administration, and space planning.
  • Working with the University Librarian and the Library’s Advancement team to play a major role in developing and stewarding donor interest in Special Collections or Archives.
  • Setting priorities for collection development in special collections and archives; identifying and initiating new collecting areas in support of the University’s evolving research and teaching mission.
  • Working with other Library departments and staff to develop funding, priorities, technical infrastructure, and workflows in support of increased dissemination of digitized special collections.


Strong candidates for this position will have a clear vision of the future of archives and special collections in university research and teaching, a background in the history of the book and archival administration, as well as a terminal professional degree in librarianship (for example, in the United States, a Master’s degree in library/information science).

Candidates should also have a second advanced degree in a relevant discipline, at least five years of experience in guiding and developing staff, significant research contributions, and a track record of successful grants.

The best candidates will be able to speak knowledgeably with passionate collectors and donors, advocate effectively for Archives and Special Collections with peers and superiors, and engage intellectually with faculty, students, and visiting researchers.

This entry was posted in Jobs, MLIS Required and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.