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University Archivist

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 102629
Title: Librarian (Open Rank)
Functional Title: University Archivist
Category Status: 15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con
Applicant Search Category: Faculty
University Authorized FTE: 1.000
Unit: LIBR-Libraries
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The collections and services of the University of Maryland Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) are at the heart of the research and teaching mission of the university. Collection strengths include labor history, Maryland history and culture, modern Japanese history, mass media and culture, history of the book, women’s history, historic preservation, American and British writers and poets, and the history of the University. Collection highlights include the National Public Broadcasting Archives, the Library of American Broadcasting, the George Meany Memorial AFL-CIO Archive, the Gordon W. Prange Collection, and the Katherine Anne Porter Collection. The University of Maryland Libraries is also home to important special collections in the performing arts, including the International Piano Archives at Maryland. The SCUA staff is committed to reaching out to the research community at large, facilitating access to these world-class collections that document key aspects of the human experience at the university, local, state, national and international levels.

The University Archivist/Special Collections Librarian is responsible for the University of Maryland collection group within SCUA and collaborates with other curators in the division to provide overall direction for reference services, accessioning, arrangement, description, preservation, cataloging of manuscript and archival materials, instruction, and outreach. The University Archivist builds, maintains, interprets, and provides access to the University Archives and assesses collection needs, establishes priorities, and represents the collection area to the University of Maryland community and external organizations and individuals. The successful candidate for this position will:

• Lead the University Archives as an organizational innovator, facilitating the ongoing development of a flexible work environment that places a premium on strategic priorities, project orientation, a work culture that is both fluid and accountable, and an excellent staff.
• Demonstrate creativity in identifying and allocating resources through donor relations, fundraising, grants, partnerships, budgeting, and flexible staff deployments.
• Articulate a vision for the University Archives in the 21st century that takes into account new collecting opportunities in a born-digital information environment and the changing nature of primary documentation in a post-industrial society.
• Articulate a vision for services that transcends collection management and incorporates dynamic activities in the areas of discovery, teaching, preservation, digital presentation to online communities, outreach to new audiences, off-campus partnerships, and alliances with the teaching faculty, students, and colleagues on the library faculty.
• Serve as point of contact for the University Archives’ services to campus and off-campus partners, including the University administration, Intercollegiate Athletics, the Alumni Association, University Relations, and other entities.

Minimum Qualifications:

QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, skills, and abilities): Must have thorough knowledge of archival theory and practice. Must be able to work effectively with others in a team setting. Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication skills and in assisting researchers in a special collections setting. Must be able to manage a broad variety of tasks in response to varying time pressures with shifting priorities and changing constraints. Must possess a strong service orientation and the potential for professional contributions.

EDUCATION:
Required: ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library/
Information Science with an emphasis on formal archival education and training, or a master’s degree in history, American Studies, or other relevant discipline, with experience in archives, archival course work, or archival certificate.

EXPERIENCE:
Required: At least three years of professional archival experience in an academic library including responsibility for supervising the processing of manuscripts and archives. Demonstrated ability and initiative in processing, reference, outreach, donor relations, and administrative activities.

Preferences:

EDUCATION:
Preferred: Advanced degree/graduate study in history or other relevant discipline.

EXPERIENCE:
Preferred: Work experience in a university archives setting; knowledge of electronic records; and supervisory and project management experience are desirable.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

For the full position description, please go to http://www.lib.umd.edu/hr/employment-opportunities/staff-faculty-positions.
Position is appointed to Librarian Faculty Ranks as established by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. Rank at appointment is based on the successful applicant’s experience and relevant credentials. For additional information, consult the following website: http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/2014-ii-100b.html
APPLICATIONS: No relocation assistance will be provided. You must be legally able to work in the United States; the University of Maryland Libraries will not sponsor individuals for employment. An application consists of a cover letter which includes the source of advertisement, a curriculum vitae (CV), and names/e-mail addresses of three references.

Posting Date: 07/21/2017
Closing Date: 09/04/2017
Open Until Filled
Best Consideration Date
Physical Demands

Must be able to tolerate occasional dirty/dusty conditions and be able to reach, stoop, bend, lift, and move objects. Must be able to tolerate the stresses engendered in a multi-faceted, rapidly growing archives program responsive to a broad user base.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents
  1. Resume

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