Special Collections Librarian – James Madison University – Harrisonburg, VA

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Working Title: Special Collections Librarian 

Job Open Date: 12-16-2016 

Job Close Date: Open Until Filled

Agency: James Madison University (216) 

Agency Website: Click Here to Apply 

Location: Harrisonburg – 660 

Position Number: 6929 

Job Posting Number: 0407806 

Type of Recruitment: General Public – G 

Pay Band: UG 

Job Description

Provides leadership to the Special Collections unit, including the development and implementation of an integrated and coordinated approach to collections. Oversees the accessioning, arrangement and description of collections. Provides instruction and reference services in the use of LET’s primary resources and facilitates the use of collections by JMU and community researchers. Participates in outreach and donor relations activities and coordinates events and exhibits promoting Special Collections content and services. Collaborates within the larger LET suite of spaces, services and programming to establish priorities and best practices and to ensure that the unit’s work and messaging aligns with that of the broader organization.

Develops and manages a cohesive collection in all formats with an emphasis on documenting the central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and the history of the university (http://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/services/SC_Mission.aspx). Works with colleagues in LET and on campus to ensure that curated collections meet LET collection policies, complement existing collections, and address the curricular, research and scholarship priorities of the university.

Enables access to collections by ensuring the creation of finding aids, as well as physical and digital exhibits. Collaborates with colleagues to ensure optimum access to and preservation of materials through the Libraries’ systems. Works closely with the Digital Collections Unit and other stakeholders to identify and prioritize unique, local materials for digitization and online presentation for enhanced access. Coordinates with JMU faculty and liaison librarians to integrate Special Collections materials into the curriculum and to promote the use of Special Collections for teaching, learning and scholarship. Provides reference and research services to remote and onsite Special Collections patrons. Participates in Virtual Library of Virginia projects, Virginia Heritage Project and other state and regional archives and special collections initiatives.

Reports to the Director of Scholarly Resources & Discovery. Manages the Special Collections Unit, which includes a part-time professional librarian, one classified staff position, and student interns and assistants.

Participates on library and university committees as appropriate. Professional librarians are tenure-track faculty at JMU and participate in campus-wide initiatives, committees and task forces. Librarians are expected to continue professional development and to contribute to the profession through scholarly research and service opportunities, including publications, presentations and leadership in the work of professional associations. Faculty status requires potential to meet standards for promotion and tenure set forth in the Libraries’ Promotion & Tenure Guidelines found on the following website: https://www.jmu.edu/academic-affairs/_documents/pnt-merit-pay-documents/2013-04-libraries-pt-guidelines.pdf

Minimum Qualifications

ALA-accredited MLS or international equivalent. Formal coursework or training in archives, rare books, and/or special collections librarianship. Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational and time-management skills. Demonstrated project management, problem-solving and analytical skills. Strong service orientation. Demonstrated ability to work with library and university constituencies, including library and academic faculty and staff. Ability to work creatively and collaboratively in a rapidly changing environment. Ability to adapt to and lead change. Demonstrated ability to coordinate, schedule and handle extensive and complex workloads.

Demonstrated record of professional engagement, including experience in a special collections/archives setting, preferably in an academic environment. Demonstrated experience with archival protocols and relevant industry standards. Knowledge of current special collections and archives practices, issues and trends. Demonstrated understanding of issues related to both digitized and born-digital formats. Experience with Archivists’ Toolkit, ArchivesSpace, Archon or similar software. Familiarity with the descriptive standards for archival and manuscript materials such as DACS or EAD. Knowledge of intellectual property rights and issues related to born materials in both print and digital content formats. Understanding of appropriate preservation practices for rare books and other special collections materials. Experience in developing relationships with donors and in developing special collections within established policies through both donations and purchases.

Ability to articulate and promote a vision of special collections’ place in the changing worlds of scholarship and teaching. Ability to provide outreach services and demonstrated awareness of new models of scholarship and instruction using special collection and archival materials. Demonstrated ability to effectively supervise, train and motivate staff. Ability to work independently and collaboratively prioritizing work to ensure that departmental and library goals are realized. 

Preferred Qualifications

Special Requirements

Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications will begin on January 17, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. To apply, candidates must go to JobLink.jmu.edu and reference posting number 0407806. Links to JMU JobLink and full position descriptions can be found on the JMU Libraries employment information page at http:/www.lib.jmu.edu/employment

Optional Applicant Documents: Resume, Cover Letter

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