Head of Special Collections & FIT Archive — Fashion Institute of Technology

The Head of Special Collections and FIT Archives (SPARC) promotes the services provided by the unit and its collections and oversees policy and unit operations. This position leads collection and program development to ensure college history is well-represented, oversees collection care, preservation, security, and manages the staff assigned to the unit. Library faculty serve and participate in library-wide, team-driven, and working group meetings, library governance and campus-wide initiatives and committees.

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Responsibilities & Essential Functions:

Ideation and Tactical Planning – Responsible for developing a deep understanding and appreciation of FIT’s collections. Engage in forward-looking and synergistic opportunities and partnerships that advance the College’s mission.

Instruction and Outreach – Champion the role and value of FIT’s special collections, fashion and related industries history, especially that of New York City, and impact of primary resources in relation to digital humanities.

Collection Stewardship and Project Planning – Provide broad direction and oversight for breadth and scope of special collection development, acquisition, maintenance, and preservation for the FIT Library’s special collections and college archive.

Archives Management – Administer, preserve and provide access to the college’s historical and operational records and related archival materials to support the research needs of departments campus wide.

Unit Management – Coach, develop and guide staff to provide the highest standards of special collections service delivery. Direct, advise, and train staff to support the development and delivery of innovative, responsive services.

Library Liaison Program – Serve as the point of contact for assigned subject areas and academic department liaisons, provide information and library services referrals.
Participate in the Library Liaison program by promoting services and resources with a special focus on digital initiatives; cultivate relationships and foster connections with classroom faculty.

Professional Engagement – Maintain active membership in and affiliation with local, regional, and national professional organizations and currency in the field; participate in professional development activities and maintain currency in professional competencies.

Your contact information (in case we have any questions)
(212) 217-3650 – HR or (212) 217-4370 – Library