Librarian, Western History Collections, University of Oklahoma Libraries (Norman, OK)

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Librarian, Western History Collections THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA

Library Faculty Vacancy

POSITION: Librarian, Western History Collections

DUTIES: Under the direction of the Curator and Assistant Curator of the Western History Collections, the Librarian is responsible for the general operation of the Library and Photographic Archives. Supervises the reading room, coordinates reference services, conducts tours of the Collections, and prepares exhibits. Supervises reproduction and digital conversion of photographs and sound recordings, and coordinates technical processing for books and images. Assists in collection development and maintains the photographic archives web page. Provides instruction using the holdings of the Collections and supervises Collections’ staff and students. This is a tenure-track position governed by the University’s policies requiring research or creative achievement and professional services as outlined in the University’s Faculty Handbook at


Required: MLS from ALA accredited library school; experience managing or providing reference service for rare book and photograph collections; experience with digital conversion and reproduction of historic photographs and sound recordings; knowledge of the history of Oklahoma or the American West; familiarity with creating exhibits of rare or original materials; excellent interpersonal and communications skills; and the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with library and academic faculty and campus programs and services.

Desirable: One or more years public service experience in special collections; some supervisory experience; knowledge of collection development practices in special collections; experience in teaching or bibliographic instruction; and evidence of research or creative achievement.



SALARY: $42,000

BENEFITS: TIAA/CREF; State Retirement System; 33 days paid leave; University holidays; comprehensive medical protection; group life insurance; and reduced tuition.

UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES: The Western History Collections is a world-class special collection in the history of Oklahoma and the Trans-Mississippi West and is a part of the University of Oklahoma Libraries’ system. It contains over 80,000 books, 13,000 linear feet of manuscripts, 800,000 images, 5,200 maps and 1,500 sound recordings. A member of the Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Greater Western Library Alliance, AMIGOS Library Services, and the Oklahoma Library Technology Network, the University of Oklahoma Libraries consists of the Bizzell Memorial Library, six branch libraries, and four special collections: History of Science, Western History, Bass Business History, and Nichols Rare Books and Special Collections. The library system includes more than 5 million volumes and 55,000 serial subscriptions in its general collections. The University Libraries is committed to the integration of electronic resources with traditional library resources to create a superior learning environment. The Libraries operates a SIRSI library management system for local holdings. The University Libraries is a NACO contributing library. More information about the University of Oklahoma Libraries and its services may be found at Founded in 1890, the University of Oklahoma (OU) enrolls over 30,000 students in 20 colleges ( OU is located in the heart of Norman, Oklahoma, an attractive community within the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

EMPLOYMENT: Librarians have faculty status, privileges, responsibilities, the rank of assistant professor or above, and are eligible for tenure.

APPLICATION: Send letter of application, addressing how your experiences relate to the position duties and qualifications, along with resume, a list of publications, and the names of three references, including current supervisor to: Rhonda Cannon, Assistant Dean of Libraries for Administrative Services, University Libraries, University of Oklahoma, 401 W. Brooks, Room 212 NW, Norman, OK 73019, or email Please identify current supervisor on your list of references.


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