Head of Collections Management, Special Collections Library, University Park

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries’ Eberly Family Special Collections Library (SCL) seeks applications and nominations for the position of Head of Collection Management. This 12-month tenure-track faculty position reports to the Associate Head of the Special Collections Library and is responsible for exploring and implementing new archival approaches to broaden access of the collections to diverse audiences in support of PSU’s mission for diversity in the academy.  As leader of the Collection Management Team, this position is responsible for supervising, training, and supporting the team of six staff. The team is responsible for the descriptive and physical management of all SCL collections (rare books, manuscripts, and archival collections), including helping provide strategic direction and professional expertise while overseeing accessioning/ingest, arrangement, description, and locations management operations. This work focuses on modern archival collections of analog and born-digital materials.  The Head of Collection Management serves as a member of the SCL Unit Heads management team, and works closely with colleagues from across University Libraries.

In addition to these duties, tenure-track library faculty are expected to devote time to research, scholarship, and service to the University and the profession. The University Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect.  We encourage candidates to apply who thrive in a welcoming multicultural environment.  More information on Penn State’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence, can be found by visiting http://equity.psu.edu/psu-diversity-statement. For additional information about the Libraries’ diversity efforts, please visit https://libraries.psu.edu/about/diversity.

Responsibilities:

  • Works with Associate Head and Head of Research Services to establish priorities and deadlines for processing projects.
  • Liaises with the Collections Review Committee (collections curation) to inform goal-setting and descriptive outcomes.
  • Oversees accessioning, arrangement, and description of SCL materials.
  • Processes targeted collections as directed by the Associate Head.
  • Oversees management of ArchivesSpace and finding aid maintenance and publishing.
  • Investigates and implements innovative and inclusive archival practices for SCL access and discovery platforms.
  • Delivers training on standards and processes such as DACS and EAD to move collections from ingest to accessibility.
  • Provides leadership and oversight for metadata creation in support of digital collections and performs broad metadata normalization, remediation, and other general metadata needs.
  • Liaises with the Special Collections Cataloging Team to update collection level information in the Libraries’ catalog.
  • Provides advice and support for archival processing conducted at other Penn State campuses.
Supervision
  • Serves as unit head for the Collection Management Team, and directly supervises a six-member team of professionals, including assessment and reporting of team’s work.
  • May also supervise other staff, including project archivists, student workers, graduate assistants, and interns.
General Duties
  • Represents the Special Collections Library on library committees, task forces, etc., as needed and appropriate.
  • Provides reference service in the SCL Reading Room to faculty, students, and other researchers on a rotating basis, including occasional weekend shifts.
  • Participates in local, regional, or national professional organizations; enrich professional expertise by attending conferences and continuing education opportunities.
  • Completes other special projects as assigned/directed.
Qualifications:

Required:

  • MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited program (or equivalent), or a Masters in Information Science, Archival Science, or related field.
  • Strong experience with arrangement and description of archival and manuscript collections.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and practice.
  • Working knowledge of archival and descriptive standards, including DACS, EAD, MARC, LCSH, and Dublin Core.
  • Familiarity with rare book cataloging and description.
  • Experience with mass digitization or digital collection support.
  • Knowledge of basic preservation standards for archival and manuscript collections.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work effectively, both independently and collaboratively, in a collegial environment.
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity, respect and inclusion.
Desirable:
  • Project management experience.
  • Experience using and managing ArchivesSpace.
  • Experience working with archival collections that contain born-digital records.
  • Fluency in encoding languages, esp. XML, JSON.
  • Experience with scripting languages, e.g. SQL, XQuery, and/or SPARQL, XSLT, Python, Ruby.

Environment:

The Penn State University Libraries are a strategic asset to Penn State, advancing intellectual discovery, information literacy, and lifelong learning, all in support of the University’s strategic goals in teaching, research, service, and outreach.  The University Libraries is ranked among the top 10 research libraries in North America, according to the Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, and provides services at University Park and 22 other campus locations throughout Pennsylvania as well as online. We serve more than 6,400 faculty and 46,800 students at University Park, and approximately 97,500 students university-wide. More than 120 faculty librarians in the University Libraries benefit from extensive technological resources and research support services. Penn State, a land-grant institution, is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Association of American Universities. The University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the international Center for Research Libraries.

The University Park campus is set in the State College metropolitan area, a university town located in central Pennsylvania. State College offers a vibrant community with outstanding recreational facilities, a low crime rate, and excellent public schools. The campus is within a half-day's drive to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, or Pittsburgh. The University Park Airport is served by three major carriers with flights to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago and Detroit. For more information, please visit http://www.libraries.psu.edu and http://www.cbicc.org.

Compensation and Benefits:

Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits include liberal vacation, excellent insurance and health care coverage, state or TIAA retirement options, and educational privileges. In addition, faculty in the University Libraries are afforded funds for professional development travel annually.  Faculty may be asked to travel as official representatives of the Libraries to certain events and those trips are reimbursed at full cost within limits established by the University.

Application Instructions:

Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted online.  To be considered for the position, interested candidates should upload a letter of application, resume or C.V., and the names and contact information of three professional references (including email addresses).   Review of applications will begin October 16, 2017 and continue until position is filled.  Questions may be addressed to Lindsey Harter, Faculty Search Coordinator, at lap225@psu.edu.

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