Reporting to the Head of Content Organization and Management, this is a 12-month,
tenure-track position with an anticipated initial appointment at the rank of assistant
professor. The Special and Digital Collections Librarian will serve as a member of
the Content Organization and Management Department’s leadership team. Library faculty
are highly engaged in scholarship, service, and in library planning and policy making.
Salary is commensurate with qualifications. Review of applications will begin immediately
and will continue until a candidate has been selected for hire.
Managing the daily operation of the Special and Digital Collections unit consisting of 3.75 FTE staff as well as student assistants and interns. Coordinating on and off-campus assistance to patrons, including management of the Special Collections reading room and related reference services. Coordinating planning, implementation, maintenance, expansion, and promotion of digital content, including the creation of new digital collections and digital preservation strategies. Providing outreach to the university and region and providing expertise to organizations such as historical societies and museums. Working with potential and existing community partners and donors, including identifying and obtaining new collections. Overseeing the processing of archival collections, including inventory, arrangement, and description. Coordinating the collection of monographs for both Special Collections and the library’s circulating collection. Materials include independently published memoirs, regional histories, Southern Appalachian monographs, and works that focus on Cherokee history and culture. Identifying potential collections for digitization and potential grant sources to facilitate funding of projects. Engaging students with archival collections, including teaching class groups and coordinating projects with groups or individuals, including student interns. Collaborating with the metadata and cataloging unit staff to establish consistent descriptive metadata for digitized collections and manage ArchivesSpace, the library’s collections finding aid and inventory system. Increasing diversity and representation in archival and digital collections. Collaborating with various library units in the management of the library’s hosted digital collections platform (currently CONTENTdm), as well as the unit’s web presence, and would help the department coordinate any migrations to new platforms. Working with partner organizations and libraries on collaborative digitization projects. Keeping current with trends in special collections and archives, digital library technologies, curation practices, preservation formats and standards. Facilitating effective communication throughout the library and throughout the library and across the university and region.
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