The Ohio University Libraries seek a Special Collections Librarian with primary responsibility for manuscripts collections. Reporting to the head of Arts and Archives, the Special Collections Librarian will work closely with the Special Collections Librarian for rare books and with the University Archivist. The Special Collections Librarian will engage with and advance the manuscripts collections lifecycle from acquisition, processing, and description through outreach, access, use, and digital presence. The Special Collections Librarian will integrate manuscripts collections into Ohio University curricular offerings, and foster the research use of manuscript collections by scholarly communities. Proactive collaboration, robust engagement with colleagues and stakeholders, and flexible, positive problem-solving are essential qualities of the successful candidate.
- Develop, curate, and make accessible manuscripts collections. This includes managing, prioritizing, processing, arranging, and describing manuscript collections, as well as creating documentation about the content of and procedures relating to manuscript collections.
- Develop and maintain the Libraries' web presence for manuscripts collections, making collections more accessible in print and digital environments.
- Curricular integration of manuscripts collections into University teaching, learning, and research, as well as outreach to and engagement with external research and stakeholder communities.
- Public services duties as part of special collections and general public services, including responding to in-depth queries about manuscript collections.
- Participation in the creation, management, and use of digital collections drawing on manuscript collections.
- Participate in the planning and curation of exhibits drawing on manuscripts collections.
- Engage in regular professional development through research, publications, presentations and participation in state, regional, and national associations as part of a continuing commitment to bring best practices and innovative services to the Ohio University Libraries, as well as to gain and share knowledge of trends in special collections, academic libraries, and higher education.
This position requires detailed knowledge specific to the disciplines of Library and Information Science and Archival Science. Master's degree in Library and Information Science (M.L.S./M.L.I.S.) from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent accredited degree, with formal training in archival theory and practice, is required.
- At least one year of relevant professional experience and accomplishments with special collections, including digitized special collections
- Positive attitude, flexibility, and enthusiasm for a changing environment.
- Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively within a team, including with special collections colleagues, subject librarians, and other library staff.
- Knowledge of intellectual property, rights management, and scholarly communication issues with regard to manuscripts collections.
- Creativity, problem-solving skills, and the ability to successfully balance a diverse workload.
- Highly developed written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
- Experience with born-digital special collections.
- Additional advanced degree in a relevant discipline
Planning Unit: Library
Applicants may contact this person if they have questions about this position: Eileen Theodore-Shusta, email@example.com, 740-593-2989
Employment Type: Full-Time Regular
Salary is commensurate with experience and education. Ohio University employees enjoy a liberal benefits package, including 22 days annual vacation, generous insurance, and Ohio state employee or alternative retirement. The Libraries are strongly committed to professional development to both strengthen new librarians' knowledge in subject disciplines and to further their expertise in the profession.