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FW: Head of Special Collections--US--Houston, Texas

  • 1.  FW: Head of Special Collections--US--Houston, Texas

    Posted 08-19-2019 18:12

    The Fondren Library at Rice University seeks a creative, visionary, and
    collaborative leader for the position of Head of Special Collections.
    The Head of Special Collections is responsible for leadership and the
    overall management and administration of the Woodson Research Center,
    which includes the Rice University archives, manuscript collections, and
    rare books. The Head of Special Collections works collaboratively with
    other library units and administration on digital initiatives,
    preservation, grants, development efforts, and public engagement, and
    actively participates on the Fondren Library management team.  The
    position reports to the Vice Provost and University Librarian.  The
    department includes four professional archivists plus temporary staff,
    volunteers, and student workers.

    Provides leadership in a team environment to achieve the goals and
    vision of the Woodson Research Center.  Develops policy and is
    responsible for long term planning and strategic development of special
    collections through strengthening of existing collections and growth in
    new service areas in support of the fundamental goals of the Fondren
    Library and Rice University.  Works collaboratively within the library,
    across campus and within the academic community to acquire official
    records and other materials of historical significance and to promote
    relevance and significance of special collections.  Works
    collaboratively with other library units and administration on digital
    initiatives, preservation, grants, development efforts, and public
    engagement.  Responsible for projects that combine traditional
    manuscript, archival and book processing activities with digital

    Requirements include:
    ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library Science OR a graduate degree
    appropriate to working in archives or special collections.
    Society of American Archivists certificate program OR Academy of
    Certified Archivists certification.
    Five years of professional experience leading special
    collections/archival services/operations and demonstrated evidence of
    progressively increasing scope of supervisory and management
    responsibility in an academic or research library or similar
    institution; Experience supervising a team of professionals;
    Demonstrated experience working with analog and born-digital archival
    materials; Experience that demonstrates a strong commitment to
    user-focused design of collections and services; Demonstrated experience
    with preservation or conservation standards and their challenges for a
    variety of content types.

    Preferred qualifications:
    Knowledge of current and emerging trends, issues, workflows, and
    standards and best practices in the worlds of archives and special
    collections, including digital content acquisition and curation as well
    as digitization of analog formats.
    Demonstrated expertise using archival technology tools (e.g., content
    management tools, such as ArchivesSpace; web publishing platforms, such
    as Omeka; and institutional repositories, such as DSpace.
    Familiarity with legal, privacy, and ethical issues associated with
    archiving digital and print content.
    Experience in donor relations and growing philanthropic support.
    Familiarity with metadata standards that are MARC and non-MARC compatible.
    Familiarity with Geospatial mapping software, such as ArcGIS.
    Excellent interpersonal skills; Demonstrated commitment to professional
    Strong service orientation and interest in anticipating and supporting
    information users' values and needs.

    Salary & benefits:  $90,000 minimum, with hiring salary commensurate
    with experience and qualifications; no state or local income tax; 21
    benefit days; 8 study days; a range of retirement options including
    TIAA/CREF; health and life insurance; and tuition waiver.

    Environment:  Rice University provides a stimulating work environment,
    with opportunities to participate in the delivery of innovative library
    services supported by leading edge technologies. Fondren Library
    ( is a research library with over 2.9 million
    volumes and over 170,000 serial subscriptions.  The Library has a
    state-of-the-art offsite shelving facility and completed a major
    building renovation project in 2006. An active program of digital
    resource development and delivery is underway.

    Houston is a vibrant, multicultural city, with world-class visual and
    performing arts ranging from the traditional to the avant-garde. The
    fourth largest city in the country, Houston enjoys a moderate cost of
    living and easy proximity to the Gulf Coast.
    For more information, see:

    Applications received by September 30, 2019 will receive first
    consideration.  Please apply with cover letter, resume, and the names,
    titles, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three
    references at: Inquiries:
    Melinda Reagor Flannery, Assistant University Librarian/Search
    Coordinator at (713) 348-3773 or e-mail  Rice
    University is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer.

    Melinda Reagor Flannery
    Assistant University Librarian for Technical Services
    Rice University
    Fondren Library-MS44
    B52D Fondren
    6100 Main Street
    Houston, TX  77251-1827
    713.348.5862 (fax)