Director of Archives and Special Collections

Gettysburg College’s Musselman Library invites applications for the position of Director of Archives and Special Collections. The position reports to the College Library Director and is responsible for providing leadership, vision, planning and management for the Department of Archives and Special Collections.

Responsibilities include the development, organization, and preservation of collections and a commitment to their access for research and teaching; the cultivation of donor relations; the pursuit of grants to support program initiatives; and the creation of programs and exhibitions. The successful candidate will be a creative, experienced and forward-looking librarian dedicated to undergraduate education and the active support of faculty and student research.

The Director of Archives and Special Collections is an administrative position that supervises 1 librarian, 1.5 support staff, and several student assistants. As a member of the Library’s senior management team, the Director of Archives and Special Collections has the opportunity to play a leading role in library-wide planning and operations.

The Gettysburg College Archives and Special Collections includes historical manuscripts, institutional records, College photographs and documents, personal papers, oral histories, over 11,000 rare books and more than 2,000 Asian art objects. The department also houses rare maps from the 17th and 18th centuries, primary resources from the Colonial Era, Civil War letters and diaries, children’s literature, Pennsylvaniana, and collections related to Dwight D. Eisenhower and World War II. The collections support coursework across the curriculum and original research by students, faculty, and the scholarly community, as well as continuing exhibitions and programs on campus and online. For a sampling of the library’s collections, see GettDigital.

The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent communication skills, as a critical component of the job is collegial work with library staff, faculty, students, alumni, donors and members of the community. Like all librarians, the Director of Archives and Special Collections will participate actively in collection development, serve as liaison to one or more academic departments, serve on library committees, and pursue continuing education and professional development opportunities.

Required qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science
  • Minimum of three years successful and increasingly responsible experience in special collections and/or archives in an academic library or research institution
  • Evidence of effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Flexibility in adapting to changing departmental and organizational priorities and to ever-changing technological environments
  • Demonstrated ability to foster teamwork and collaborate with staff at all levels of the College
  • Evidence of administrative effectiveness and the ability to contribute successfully as part of a management team
  • Evidence of strong leadership, planning and organizational skills
  • Strong customer service orientation, with a commitment to participating in undergraduate education
  • Supervisory experience
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive relations with donors and support groups
  • Experience in soliciting, acquiring, organizing, and maintaining collections
  • Demonstrated flexibility and resourcefulness in analyzing and solving problems
  • Knowledge of current practices related to the identification, access, control, organization and digitization of primary source materials, including metadata schemas, digital processes, institutional repositories and open access initiatives
  • Ability to lead staff in using digital technologies to create and deliver collections electronically
  • Understanding of scholarly communication patterns and needs of a scholarly clientele.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in a relevant academic field; subject depth in American History desirable
  • Experience in seeking and administering grant funding
  • Experience with records management in print and electronic formats
  • Knowledge of preservation issues and techniques
  • Work experience in an academic library
  • Familiarity with a liberal arts environment
  • Interest and participation in relevant professional organizations

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