Assistant Curator for Special Collections and University Archives, Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA)

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Job Title Assistant Curator for Special Collections & University Archives
Requisition Number 06597
Job Summary The Assistant Curator for Special Collections/University Archives works closely with and reports to the Curator to assure the programs and services of SC/UA are meeting the learning, teaching, and research needs of Bucknell University. The Assistant Curator will take a lead role with assuring that the department’s services are open and accessible to users on a regular basis and researchers’ needs are met in a timely manner. Working collaboratively with the Curator, this position will assist with the development and implementation of departmental work processes, policies, and procedures. The Assistant Curator will work with the Curator to support collections and their use, including the implementation of the archives collection management system, archival processing, user access, and digitization and cataloging projects. It is expected that the Assistant Curator will regularly participate in the planning and preparation of Special Collections/University Archives exhibits and other outreach efforts, including research services, instruction, and promotion to grow the campus’ awareness of the value of Special Collections/University Archives’ collections and services.

Duties and Responsibilities: Assists the Curator with setting and executing departmental goals.

Oversees departmental operations in the absence of the Curator.

Assists Curator with the development and implementation of departmental procedures, policies, and goals.

Assists researchers and provides appropriate access to collections.

Assists with the acquisition and processing of archival materials in accordance with accepted national standards.

Assists with acquisition decisions for special collections and works closely with technical services staff to execute purchases, provide copy and original cataloging and enhanced catalog records representing the collection.

Assists with outreach efforts, including instruction, exhibits, and the promotion of services and programs.

Assists with the planning and facilitation of projects related to collections and their access, including the implementation of the collection management system.

In collaboration with the Curator and Library and IT staff, assists with digitization projects.

Responsible for stacks management, including space planning and proper housing creating long-term preservation of materials.

Directly supervises student assistant employees by developing training programs, scheduling hours, and planning student work

Develops and maintains an understanding of the aims and needs of the University’s teaching, learning and research programs through active consultation with faculty, administrators and other Library & IT staff.

As appropriate, both leads and participates in key projects and strategic initiatives for the Library & IT organization relevant to Special Collections/University Archives.

Performs other routine tasks as required to include staffing Special Collections/University Archives during hours of operation.

Minimum Qualifications M.L.S. from an ALA accredited school with specialization in archival studies or an advanced degree in history or a related discipline with a specialization in archival studies.

Minimum two years’ experience in a higher education environment working with archival collections.

Ability to process archival collections according to national standards and practices (e.g. DACS and EAD)

Familiarity with the application of library and cataloging standards (e.g.MARC21).

Ability to provide advanced research assistance in the context of Special Collections/University Archives.

Strong organizational and project-planning skills.

Ability to set priorities and manage work independently.

Demonstrated effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills with a high priority placed on the ability to effectively undertake instruction and other public speaking engagements.

Ability to work collaboratively with Library and IT colleagues, University administration, faculty, staff, and students.

Preferred Qualifications Familiarity with the management of digital assets and the execution of digital projects.

Working knowledge of archival collection management systems.

Ability to identify, plan, and install well-conceived exhibits.

Special Instructions to Applicants Bucknell University values a diverse college community and is committed to excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff and students. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, Bucknell University especially welcomes applications from women and minority candidates.
Department Library & Information Technology
Job Posting Date 06-08-2009
Applicant Review Date 06-08-2009
Job Close Date Open Until Filled
Job Category Exempt
Job Type Regular Full-Time
Benefits Eligible Benefits Eligible
Work Schedule 12 month
Career Band: K
HERC Category: Staff & Executive – Libraries
Position Type Staff

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