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Position opening: Special Collections Librarian - Augusta University

  • 1.  Position opening: Special Collections Librarian - Augusta University

    Posted 07-22-2019 20:21
    Librarian Instructor - Special Collections Librarian, Reese Library

    Job Summary

    Augusta University

    Librarian, Instructor - Special Collections Librarian, Reese Library

    Job Opening ID: 216523

    Position #: 20011196

    University Libraries, Reese Library, Summerville Campus

    Reese Library of Augusta University invites applications for the position of Special Collections Librarian at the faculty rank of Instructor. Working under the direction of the Associate Director of Reese Library, this full-time, non-tenure track faculty position has the primary responsibility of providing leadership, vision, and strategic direction for Special Collections within the broader context of the strategic plans and goals of the University Libraries as well as Augusta University.


    The successful candidate will accomplish the following:

    • Oversee all care and housing of Special Collections materials including the manuscript collection and selected university archives.
    • Increase access to collection items through arrangement, description, cataloging, and digitization efforts.
    • Develop physical and online exhibitions of Special Collections resources.
    • Create and enforce policies and procedures for the department.
    • Pursue funding opportunities related to collection acquisition, processing, preservation, digitization, and promotion.
    • Compile and report statistics for institutional, state, and national reports.
    • Supervise one full-time staff member.
    • Serve as a liaison to the Department of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy.
    • Participate in collection development, including the weeding/withdrawal of items from Special Collections and the library's general collection.
    • Create and maintain online research guides.
    • Provide research assistance in person or virtually to all users of the department's collections, maintaining high customer service standards.
    • Participate in the library instruction program by teaching classes in the liaison area, and other areas as needed.
    • Actively engage in professional development by conducting scholarly research relevant to areas of responsibility; disseminate research by contributing to appropriate professional literature and/or conferences.
    • Collaborate with the Curator, Historical Collections and Archives at Greenblatt Library.
    • Engage in service to the libraries, the university, the community, and the profession, including serving on committees.


    Intra-Institutional Responsibilities:

    The Special Collections Librarian will serve as liaison librarian to one or more academic units and will serve on library and institutional committees as a faculty member.


    Extra-Institutional Responsibilities:

    The Special Collections Librarian is expected to be active professionally in local, regional, and national associations and to contribute to the professional literature.


    This position has faculty rank and status (non-tenure track). Benefits include a competitive health package, TIAA/CREF, and other retirement options. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

    Minimum Requirements

    • American Library Association (ALA)-accredited Master's degree in Library Science.
    • Experience working in special collections and/or archives.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of archival processing practices, Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS), 2nd edition, and Encoded Archival Description (EAD).
    • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
    • Ability to work collaboratively in an academic community.


    Preferred Requirements:

    • Experience organizing and hosting programming and exhibits.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of current developments and trends in special collections and archives.
    • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with curation of digital objects and digital preservation.
    • Demonstrated commitment to professional development through scholarly research and through participation and leadership in professional associations.
    • Experience serving diverse communities.
    • Undergraduate or advanced degree in history.
    For more information and to apply, visit:


    Stephen Sherman