Auburn University Libraries seeks an innovative and motivated professional to direct its Special Collections & Archives (SC&A) as Department Head. The Department Head will serve as thought leader and will advocate in developing comprehensive strategies to serve users and to integrate the SC&A further into the mission of the Libraries and the University. The Department Head oversees the portfolios of rare book, archives, records, outreach/engagement, digital scholarship programs, and fundraising. Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, the Head of SC&A will be responsible for administrative and operational oversight of the department as well as developing effective partnerships with academic departments, with repositories across the State and region, and the global community of scholars. Major responsibilities beyond administrative and operational oversight include innovation in policies and procedures, scholarly outreach programming, exhibitions, donor development, and grantsmanship. The Department Head will lead in areas such as digital collections development, curricular integration, user-centered services, diversity and inclusion, and the ongoing professional development of the SC&A's dedicated team of faculty and staff.
The individual in this position will shape collection development and management priorities to focus on areas of historical strength while also working to build a more diverse and inclusive record of humanity's cultural and scientific heritage. The Department Head will provide strategic direction for advancing the Libraries' stewardship role over existing collections, balancing new acquisitions against care for existing collections, as well as for activities related to archival processing, research services, access services, facilities management, fundraising and development, and community outreach. This twelve-month tenure-track faculty position requires professional and scholarly activity as well as service on library and university committees.
Develop, manage, and evaluate the collections, staff, and services of the SC&A.
Promote and provide oversight to Digital Scholarship Programs using materials, staff and technology in the Department; serve as member of the Libraries' Digital Scholarship Interest Group.
Assist departmental faculty in the selection of materials to support research and teaching in SC&A.
Serve as department liaison to the University legal department on all matters relating to records retention, rights management, open records requests, and other legal issues as they may arise.
Collaborate with technical services and digital humanists to develop strategic approaches to description, metadata, and born digital collections.
Coordinate collection development policies and strategy with the Libraries' Collections Strategist; serve as member of the Collection Development Group.
Collaborate closely with the Libraries' Development Officer in all areas of donor development, engagement, including innovation in outreach and grantsmanship.
Serve as a member of the Libraries' Leadership Group
As a member of the Libraries Faculty, serve the University, contribute to the profession, and engage in professional development.
Some night and weekend duty may be required.
SALARY / BENEFITS: Starting salary of $65,000. Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience/qualifications. This is a twelve-month tenure-track position. Benefits include 20 days of vacation leave/12 days of sick leave per year; participation in State Teachers' Retirement System (mandatory); additional voluntary retirement plans available; health/dental/life/disability insurance.
Auburn University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL), Hathi Trust, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and other organizations of academic institutions. The Libraries completed a strategic plan in alignment with the Auburn University Strategic Plan which is available at: https://www.lib.auburn.edu/strategicplan/AUL_Strategic_Plan_2019-24.pdf.
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