The University of Missouri Libraries (Columbia, MO) seek an Assistant or Associate Director for Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books (SCARaB). The successful candidate will provide leadership for the SCARaB Division, which is responsible for selecting, preserving, and making accessible materials of the Libraries' special and rare book collections. These collections house rare and unique materials that span over four thousand years, and vary from a tiny Charlotte Bronte manuscript to the Lanford Wilson papers to the Comic Arts Collections and dime novels. The Assistant/Associate Director is also responsible for supervising the University Archivist in the selecting, accessioning, and control of the official records of MU and the UM System's central administration; and supervising the organization and preservation of manuscript collections and organizational records that document the history of the University of Missouri and its various activities and communities. We seek candidates whose work will reflect a strong commitment to the Libraries' and the University's mission, vision, and values, including diversity and inclusion.
Leadership: The Assistant/Associate Director works with library managers and supervisors to establish goals and objectives and to set priorities, and also has responsibility for the overall planning, resource allocation, and administration of the SCARaB Division. He or she is a member of the Libraries' management team and participates in establishing library-wide policy, serves on committees, and supports fundraising and development activities. He or she evaluates personnel, analyzes costs and efficiency of operations, and coordinates projects with other divisions. The position actively encourages and supports professional development and training of librarians, archivists, and staff.
Collection Development: The Assistant/Associate Director is responsible for supervising the ongoing development of collections in the areas of manuscripts, rare books, university archives, and other special collections through donations, purchases, and records management. The incumbent proactively cultivates relationships with donors and seeks out gifts, grants, and other external support for the Division in cooperation with the Libraries' Development Officer. In particular, the position pursues donations of materials that correspond to the Division's collection development policies.
Digital Projects: The Assistant/Associate Director supervises the Digital Services unit and develops strategies and priorities for digitizing the historical and rare holdings of the Libraries and University Archives. He or she works with service providers and granting agencies to facilitate integrated access to library collections and information resources and to increase capacity for in-house digital projects.
Public Services: Experience in planning student engagement with special collections and rare material along with a commitment to working collaboratively with the whole library system is essential. The incumbent must be committed to promoting and enhancing instruction and research services. .
This position will be hired at the rank of Librarian II or higher, according to the qualifications of the final candidate.
A cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references are required. Preference for applications received by June 10, 2017. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
M.L.S. from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent.
Strong knowledge of book history, archival administration, and current and emerging trends in archives and special collections, including collection development for rare books, archives, and special collections, records management principles, and digital preservation.
Demonstrated experience in digital projects.
At least six years of progressively responsible experience as a professional librarian working with rare books and special collections, with two years supervisory experience.
Knowledge of techniques for book preservation and conservation.
Experience with successful grants and/or donor relationships.
Excellent supervisory and public speaking skills. Ability to advocate for SCARaB with peers, donors, faculty, and university administrators.
Additional advanced degree in literature or history.
Knowledge and experience supervising metadata creation and Hathi trust uploading; experience in digital humanities.
Language skills in French, German, Latin or other non-English languages.
Experience in an ARL or other large research library.
Experience working with library donors and large gifts.
Demonstrated professional activity and leadership in the profession.
Experience with building projects.
Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
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