Director of Special Collections - Assistant/Associate Professor

University of Nevada, Reno

University of Nevada, Reno

Director of Special Collections - Assistant/Associate Professor

Department: Library

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Full Time Equivalent: 100

Position Type: Academic Faculty

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Tenure Track: Tenure Track

Job Description:
The University of Nevada, Reno Libraries seeks an experienced professional for Director of Special Collections to shape the future of the department and its programs. The Special Collections department includes the University Archives and the Oral History archive. The Director also has oversight for the Basque Library, with the largest Basque collection outside of the Basque Country.

Senator Harry Reid has designated the University Libraries as the recipient of his papers, documenting his 30-year career in the U.S. Senate, including service as Senate Minority and Majority Leader. This important collection of primary research materials, including print and electronic documents, will bring national attention to the department and attract researchers from around the world.

Special Collections houses a wide array of manuscripts and collections in many formats, and a rare books and book arts collection illustrating the history and printing of books. Research strengths are in Nevada and western history, culture, and the environment; mining and railroad history; Great Basin Indians; and women in Nevada. It includes significant collections of public and personal papers documenting Nevada political history.

Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, the Director is responsible for the planning, implementation and promotion of a wide range of departmental projects. The successful candidate will have demonstrated management success and the ability to work effectively with diverse backgrounds, opinions, and orientations. The candidate will be knowledgeable about current and emerging archival, access, and digitization standards, practices, and technologies. The Libraries emphasize excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills; a strong service orientation; the ability to manage change; and the desire to actively engage in campus and community outreach activities to promote the collections and build partnerships.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Provide strategic leadership and management of the Special Collections department
  • Lead and supervise professional, classified, temporary and student staff, creating a collegial work environment that supports diversity and professional growth
  • Follow trends and developments relevant to special collections and archives in academic libraries
  • Guide the adoption and implementation of appropriate technologies including programs to build and preserve digital collections
  • Support the Libraries' assessment goals by regularly assessing collections and services to ensure that they meet the needs of University students and faculty

  • Build research collections that support creative scholarship and the mission of the department, Libraries, and university
  • Establish collection management policies and processes for evaluating, appraising, describing and preserving materials in accordance with national professional standards and best practices
  • Establish and manage department priorities for accessioning, processing, digitizing, and preserving collections
  • Prepare finding aids and other access tools, such as EAD guides, in accordance with archival methodologies and techniques
  • Develop and promulgate policies for the appropriate acquisition and retention of records by the University Archives
  • Collaborate with other units and departments to develop and implement digitization projects and a comprehensive digital preservation infrastructure

    Public services and outreach:
  • Participate in departmental, university and community outreach activities
  • Develop and organize projects, events and exhibits to promote the use of collections, both onsite and through online exhibits and engagement
  • Provide reference and research assistance to university, local community, and outside researchers
  • Provide instruction for faculty, students and researchers, with an emphasis on collaboration with faculty to integrate primary research materials into instruction

  • Actively seek and support grant writing projects to develop and promote the acquisition, access to, and use of special collections
  • Work with the Dean and Development Director to develop fundraising strategies, identify and cultivate donors and other partners, and write proposals to support departmental goals and activities

    Salary: Salary minimum $80,000. This is a full-time, tenure track faculty position. Appointment may be at the level of Assistant Professor or above depending on experience, record of scholarship, service and achievement. Benefits: Competitive benefits package include 24 vacation days per year and tuition benefits for self and family. No state income tax.

    Review of applications will begin November 8th.

    The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.

    About us: The University of Nevada, Reno is the land-grant university and major research institution in the state with a student body of over 20,000. Special Collections is located in the Mathewson-lGT Knowledge Center which provides high-tech research, presentation and computing spaces, and inviting study areas. Instructional design, media production, and maker spaces are part of the organization and we are proud to offer opportunities to collaborate with experts in these specialties.

    Reno is a metropolitan area of over 400,000 situated on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Reno offers a favorable quality of life recognized by numerous national sources. Residents and visitors enjoy an array of cultural activities and major festivals and events. It is an outdoor mecca, located 38 miles from Lake Tahoe and offering abundant summer and winter recreational opportunities. Sacramento and San Francisco are, respectively, two and four hour drives away.

    Required Qualifications:
    Master’s degree from an ALA accredited program in library/information science, or equivalent degree program.Five years minimum of progressively responsible experience working in special collections or archives in a university or research library, including at least two years supervising staff.Evidence of scholarship and participation related to special collections and archives and a commitment to continued scholarly and professional activities.Demonstrated knowledge and experience with:• Archival information systems such as ArchivesSpace, Archon or Archivists’ Toolkit •Digital formats and standards such as XML, EAD, and Dublin Core•Metadata best practices and control for special collections and archives•Project planning and management•Managing collections in a variety of formats, including manuscripts, maps, photographs, audio and digital files

    Preferred Qualifications:
    •Additional subject degree at the Master’s or advanced degree level•Grant writing and grant management experience•Experience with disaster preparedness, response and recovery planning•Experience with a digital preservation program•Experience curating exhibits•Experience cultivating and maintaining donor relations•Knowledge of history of the West

    Contact Information for this Position: Maggie Ressel (Chair), [email protected]

    Special Instructions to Applicants: Please attach a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references.

    Job Open Date: 09/30/2016

    Job Close Date:

    Open Until Filled: Yes

    Search Number: 72209

    Note to All Applicants: A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire. HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member’s first day of employment.The University of Nevada, Reno is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of its students and employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, and sexual orientation, or genetic information, gender identity, or gender expression. The University of Nevada, Reno employs only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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    The University of Nevada, Reno is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of its students and employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or gender expression. The University of Nevada employs only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women and under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.


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