Archives & Special Collections Librarian, Union College, Schenectady, NY

Reporting to the Head of Special Collections, the Archives & Special Collections Librarian is responsible for evaluating, appraising, describing and preserving the Collegea��s institutional records, including the archival collections associated with the Collegea��s Adirondack Research Library. The Archives & Special Collections Librarian prepares finding aids and other access tools, such as EAD guides, in accordance with archival methodologies and techniques; serves as a liaison with the Schaffer Librarya��s Digital Services department to advance digital initiatives and emerging technologies; and provides outreach to faculty, students and researchers through orientations, instruction sessions and exhibits. Additionally, the Archives & Special Collections Librarian contributes actively to the dialog within the department regarding all aspects of our services to the Union community, outside users and visiting researchers, and serves on library-wide commi ttees and working groups. In this collaborative environment, the Archives & Special Collections Librarian is expected to pursue a focused program of professional development, scholarly activity and service.

Requires a Mastera��s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program with advanced coursework in archival management or a Masters of Archival Studies, with a minimum of three years professional work experience in archives and special collections. Certification by the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA) preferred. Also preferred is formal coursework or training in primary source literacy, object-based learning strategies, active teaching techniques using primary sources and/or special collections, experience curating exhibits, knowledge of records management principles and policies in an academic setting, and experience supervising student employees. The successful candidate will also have a proven ability to integrate technology with traditional services and resources, to work collaboratively with library colleagues, faculty, administrators, staff and students, and excellent written and oral communication skills. The successful candidate must be proficient in MS Office, Google Apps (Gmail, Google Docs, etc.) and archival information systems such as ArchivesSpace, Archivists’ Toolkit or related collections management software. The selected candidate should also have a demonstrated knowledge of current issues and trends in higher education and academic libraries, knowledge of the procedures for managing and preserving archival records, and knowledge of the principles, current practices and standards of processing archival collections. Must be available to travel regionally and nationally, work occasional weekend and evening hours, be safety conscious and able to work with a diverse group of individuals. Also requires the ability to lift up to 40 lbs.

Review of applications will begin July 20th, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled, only finalists will be notified. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and phone numbers of two references.

Please apply via email, U.S. Mail, fax or in person:

Human Resources
Req. # 7268
Union College
807 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308

Telephone: (518) 388-6108
Fax: (518) 388-6529


Please submit all electronic application materials as a single pdf or doc file.

Union College, founded in 1795, is a highly-selective, independent college. Located in the Capital District of New York State, Union is known for its distinctive blend of the liberal arts and technology. Union College offers its full-time employees an exceptional benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, life and disability coverage, a generous retirement plan and tuition remission.

Diversity at Union College
Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity.

Union College is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its application process for individuals with disabilities and encourages applicants with disabilities to request any needed accommodation(s).

Union Collegea��s strategic plan highlights the role of diversity in providing an effective education for the 21st century at the heart of our mission and vision for the College. Diversifying the student body, the faculty, the administration, the staff and the curriculum requires a commitment to honor our mission and advance our goals. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, ability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and national origin.

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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