Eastern Washington University invites applications for the position of University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian. This position is an 11-month, full-time tenure-track library faculty appointment (working over 12 months) to perform professional responsibilities in librarianship, service, and scholarship. The University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian will promote a positive work environment, communicate effectively, and collaborate with library colleagues in identifying ways to promote library goals and initiatives.
The University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian is responsible for the overall administration of the University Archives and Special Collections. Areas of responsibility include reference and public service, collection development and management, personnel, and general administration for the University Archives and Special Collections.
The successful candidate will provide leadership and direction for the library’s Archives and Special Collections unit, emphasizing both forward-looking and well-established techniques for management of archival and special collections materials in all formats. The University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian will engage in instruction, public services, collection development, and programming for archives and special collections materials, and will collaborate constructively with the library’s leadership in fundraising and donor cultivation.
Additionally, all faculty are expected to actively participate in assessment of student learning and to engage in effective teaching.
The anticipated start date for this position is 04/01/2020 or as negotiated.
About Eastern Washington University
Eastern is a regional, comprehensive university located in Cheney, 20 minutes from downtown Spokane. In addition to Eastern’s Cheney campus, we also offer our Riverpoint campus in Spokane, plus additional teaching/learning centers located in other cities throughout Washington State. Enrollment has reached over 12,000 students. The Cheney-Spokane area is the heart of the Inland Northwest, with excellent restaurants, theater, shopping, skiing, hiking, lakes, a choice of living in a medium-sized city or a small town, and high quality schools and housing.
Eastern Washington University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students, and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Eastern Washington University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.
Conditions of Employment
* Primary work location is JFK Library on the EWU Cheney campus.
* The requested start date for this position is anticipated to be Wednesday, April 1, 2020 or as negotiated, but not later than 07/01/2020. To be considered eligible for appointment into the position, applicants must be available and able to start in the position no later than 07/01/2020.
* This is a tenure-track position. Position may be filled at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor, depending on qualifications of the candidate selected for hire.
* If the selected candidate is hired within the rank of Associate Professor, the candidate must go up for tenure in his/her third year.
* This position, during the course of university employment will be involved in the receipt of, or accountability for, university funds or other items of value; as well as the unsupervised access with the developmentally disabled, vulnerable adults or children under the age of 16. The offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion and passing of a background check prior to beginning employment.
* MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited program (or equivalent).
* Three or more years of post-MLIS professional experience working in a university archives and/or academic library special collections.
* Demonstrated experience managing archival and special collections in all formats.
* Knowledge of current trends and developments in archives and records management.
* Demonstrated experience with providing public, research, and outreach services for archival and special collections.
* Experience interfacing with external stakeholders, including fundraising and development personnel, donors, alumni, and community heritage organizations.
* Demonstrated experience accessioning and processing archival collections.
* Demonstrated experience using archival collection management software.
* Demonstrated experience with preservation methods and procedures for archival materials in multiple formats.
* Demonstrated working knowledge of national descriptive standards such as EAD, DACS, MARC, and Dublin Core, and experience in the creation of EAD finding aids.
* Demonstrated experience with the digitization of unique materials and born-digital archival and special collections materials, including digitization techniques and knowledge of digital formats, data management, and appropriate metadata schema.
* Demonstrated high level of written and oral communication, organizational and problem-solving skills, in order to interact effectively with a wide range of constituencies.
* Ability to work effectively, independently, and collaboratively in a collegial environment.
* Demonstrated commitment to excellence in service to students, faculty, and staff.
* Demonstrated ability to apply a culturally responsive and flexible approach that is supportive to the diverse needs, including universal accessibility, of our students, faculty, staff, and the public.
* Applicant must provide evidence of, or demonstrate potential to maintain, an ongoing program of scholarship and professional development.
* Meet University requirements for faculty promotion and tenure, as found in the 2019-2021 Collective Bargaining Unit Agreement (link provided on our website posting)
* Six or more years of professional experience in a university archives and/or academic library special collections.
* Demonstrated knowledge of Pacific Northwest and Inland Northwest history.
* Additional graduate or terminal degree in an appropriate discipline (Librarianship, American History, Archives Management, or related area) or substantial course work in archives and records management.
* Experience using archival collection management software, such as ArchivesSpace, Archivists’ Toolkit, or Archon.
* Experience using XML editing software, such as XMetaL or Oxygen.
* Experience using digital collection management systems and platforms, such as Digital Commons, ContentDM, or D-Space.
* Understanding of copyright, privacy laws, and rights management issues relating to analog and born-digital collections.
* Successful supervisory experience.
* Grant-writing experience.
* Experience applying the “Protocols for Native American Archival Materials” to archival collections.
* Demonstrated initiative in investigating new ideas and implementing change to improve access to and awareness of archival and special collections.
Other Skills and Abilities:
* Strong organizational skills.
* Ability to work in a team environment and with other units in the library.
* Ability to interact effectively in a multicultural environment with co-workers, library users, teaching faculty, and the wider campus community.
* Ability to lift 40 pounds.
* Ability to work in an environment which may include dust and mold allergens.
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