Provide dynamic, innovative, and inclusive leadership for Special Collections within the broader context of the University Libraries’ and the University of Arizona’s strategic plans and goals.
Facilitate and develop the department as a cohesive unit with a shared vision and common set of goals.
Seek out and pursue opportunities where Special Collections can further the research and teaching missions of the University of Arizona through integration into courses, collaboration on research and scholarship, and support for student learning and success.
Develop external funding sources and donor relationships in close collaboration with the Libraries’ Director of Development.
Work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively to intentionally promote and integrate diversity, equality, inclusiveness and teamwork regarding the Libraries, Special Collections staff, exhibits and events, and the UA campus.
Strengthen partnerships with other University of Arizona cultural heritage institutions as appropriate, including the Center for Creative Photography, the University of Arizona Museum of Art, and the Arizona State Museum.
Manage budget to support programming, collection development and stewardship, and operations of unit.
Locate and acquire new collections that match the collection goals of the Libraries and Special Collections and support librarians to do the same.
Supervise, coach, and mentor 10.5 FTE of librarians and staff.
Work closely with the Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship and the Technology Strategies and Services department to further work on digital collections and exhibits and digital preservation activities.
Work closely with the Libraries’ Marketing and Communication unit to plan, promote and execute events and programming for the university and local community that are welcoming, culturally and topically diverse, inclusive and accessible.
Participate as a member of the Libraries’ senior management team (Cabinet), representing Special Collections needs and perspectives on Cabinet as well as contributing to organization-wide decision making.
Work with the Analytics and Assessment Librarian to assess and communicate the impact and contributions of Special Collections to the Libraries, University, and beyond.
Anticipate, initiate and respond to changes in the environment, and keep abreast of trends that impact higher education and the library profession to ensure that the Libraries and the University achieve their strategic goals.
Foster professional development of staff to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing environment, and actively support a workplace culture that values and promotes a partnership and service philosophy.
The University Libraries supports the UA’s diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiatives designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students. The candidate is expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the department and the Libraries.
Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Understands the basic history, theory, and professional practices relating to materials generally found in special collections research libraries, including but not limited to rare books, maps, prints, photographs, ephemera, archives, manuscripts, original artwork, audiovisual media, and digital materials.
Understands the significance of archival materials and the nature and value of primary materials for learning, teaching, research, and outreach.
Is familiar with and committed to the standards, ethics, guidelines, trends, and best practices in use by special collections professionals and promulgated by core professional groups such as ACRL’ s Rare Books and Manuscripts Section, the Society of American Archivists, and the American Association of Museums.
Develops and maintains knowledge of intellectual property rights, copyright, rights management, patron and donor privacy, and other legal issues, especially as they apply to primary materials in various formats.
Understands the security and preservation needs of the collections and space, both in storage and during use.
Understands how to manage and plan budgets.
Ability to facilitate and manage effective meetings.
Ability to work in and manage a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives, as well as cultural humility.
Ability to anticipate, initiate, and respond to changes in the environment.
Ability to keep abreast of trends that impact higher education and the library and archivist profession to ensure that the Libraries and the University achieve their goals.
Commitment to continual professional development, improvement, and learning.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.
Positive attitude and strong demonstration of Our Values: Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Diversity, Innovation, and Integrity.
Master’s degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution; or other relevant advanced degree.
Substantial leadership, supervisory, and budget experience in special collections and/or archives, preferably in an academic or research library.
Demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following areas: rare books, archives, born digital materials, exhibits, and/or preservation.
Demonstrated experience in the promotion of special collections for research, teaching, and learning through outreach initiatives.
A strong record of collaboration with other units within an organization.
Evidence of the ability to be appointed with continuing status (equivalent to tenure) at the rank of Associate or Full Librarian, including contributing to the information/library profession and to fulfilling the responsibilities of a library faculty member through service and scholarship.