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Associate Librarian and Director, Special Collections and Archives | Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi, TX)

  • 15 Jul 2022 12:44 PM
    Message # 12850082
    Hannah Wood (Administrator)

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    Minimum starting salary: $72,000. Salary will be determined upon qualifications and experience.

    The Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi invites applications for Director of Special Collections and Archives, a non-tenure track faculty position at the rank of Associate Librarian. The Director of Special Collections and Archives will provide leadership, vision, and support for the Special Collections and Archives Department. They will ensure the accessibility of research collections in a variety of formats by leading and supervising departmental personnel in processing, preserving, and describing collections according to professional standards and best practices, and in providing research assistance service to library users.

    The successful candidate will identify departmental goals and objectives and provide leadership in fulfilling them. They will formulate and implement policies; and evaluate departmental operations and services in the context of library and university mission, values, goals, and objectives. The Director will supervise and evaluate the work of the Special Collections and Archives Department and report on their activities. They will identify and implement new methods of delivering departmental operations and services within a changing technological environment.

    The Director will work collaboratively with the Dean of University Libraries, Institutional Advancement, and Marketing and Communications to perform public outreach and networking activities. They will build and maintain relationships throughout the campus and local community to increase their connection and engagement. The Director will work closely with donors to identify and acquire unique and rare collections of materials related to the development of the South Texas region and will develop community access to and support for the collection through contacts with and presentations to community members. The successful candidate will write and submit grant proposals to compete for funding opportunities to support processing, programming, and structural needs. As with all faculty librarian positions at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, the Director of Special Collections and Archives will participate in professional and scholarly activity and will serve on library, university, and professional committees.

    Required Qualifications:

    • Master of Library Science or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program with a specialization in Archival Studies or an advanced degree in a related discipline with formal training in archival management.

    • At least five years of successful and progressively responsible experience working in an academic special collections department or archives.

    • Strong oral and written communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills, including a proven ability to collaborate effectively with faculty, staff, and students.

    • Demonstrated commitment to customer service, diversity & inclusion, and an enthusiasm for identifying new opportunities to enhance library services and build partnerships across campus.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Knowledge and experience in most aspects of library preservation practices, technologies, and methodologies, including digital preservation.

    • Outstanding donor relations and collection development skills.

    • Seven years of successful and progressively responsible experience working in an academic special collections department or archives.

    • Proven track record of fundraising and grant proposal writing.

    • Familiarity with the rich cultural history of South Texas.

    • Willingness to be actively engaged with the community and with local and regional organizations related to special collections and archives.

    • Familiarity with trends in library technology related to digitization.

    • Experience with project management.

    • Demonstrated ability and experience in planning and overseeing complex projects, meeting deadlines, and prioritizing work in alignment with the goals of the unit, library, and university.

    • Supervisory experience.


    The posting will remain open until a finalist has been selected. Review of applications will begin Monday, August 1, 2022.

    Last modified: 15 Jul 2022 12:46 PM | Hannah Wood (Administrator)

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