Associate Dean for Special Collections and Exhibitions-Libraries

West Virginia University
West Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jun 28, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art History, Humanities, History, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Administration
Employment Type
Full Time

West Virginia & Regional History Center with Libraries at West Virginia University is seeking application for an Associate Dean for Special Collections and Exhibitions.

About the Opportunity

West Virginia University seeks an innovative and strategic leader for its special collections division (the West Virginia and Regional History Center - WVRHC), the William A. Neal Museum of the Health Sciences, and the Art in the Libraries program. This successful candidate will be the first Associate Dean to hold this position. The WVRHC comprises several collections and activities.

About WVU Libraries

The WVU Libraries encompasses seven libraries: the Downtown Library, Evansdale Library, Health Sciences Library (Morgantown), Law Library, Health Sciences Library (Charleston), Mary F. Shipper Library at Potomac State College, Beckley Library at WVU Institute of Technology, and West Virginia and Regional History Center. Our collections include more than 1.8 million books, 400,000 eBooks, and 117,000 eJournals. To learn more about our strategic goals read our 2021-2024 strategic Roadmap

We strongly believe in work-life balance and keeping time for things we love outside our work. WVU offers generous benefits, including:
  • 37.5-hour work week
  • 13 paid holidays ( staff holiday calendar )
  • 24 annual leave (vacation) days per year or more based on years of service ( employee leave )
  • 18 sick days per year
  • (for when you’re ill, for when you need time to care for sick family, for your own, or your family’s, regularly scheduled medical appointments. Who is family for the purpose of this leave? A lot of people in your life including immediate relatives and in-laws as well as others considered to be members of your household living under the same roof)
  • WVU offers a range of health insurance and other benefits
  • 401(a) retirement savings with 6% employee contribution match, eligibility to continue health insurance, and other retiree perks. Looking for more retirement benefits information ? Check out retirement health insurance benefits, retirement income, and FAQ’s.
  • Wellness programs

What you'll do:
  • West Virginia & Regional History Center that acquires, provides access to, and preserves information resources in all formats which elucidate the history and culture of West Virginia and the central Appalachian region. As the Special Collections division of the WVU Libraries, the WVRHC also preserves selected information resources beyond the state and regional scope which contribute to the teaching, research, and service mission of West Virginia University.
  • The new William A. Neal Museum of the Health Sciences, which highlights the university and state’s development and contributions to healthcare.
  • Art in the Libraries program which develops exhibits and related programming in the Downtown Library, Evansdale Library, and Health Sciences Library highlighting the creative endeavors and scholarship of WVU faculty, staff, and students, reaching across the University, the region, and the broader academic community.
  • A digital preservation program that digitizes and makes accessible files of historical and cultural materials and born-digital collections from the WVRHC.
  • Public services that serve our campus, regional, and national researchers along with a growing and strengthening teaching program.
  • Broaden representation and belonging through materials and outreach strategies.
  • Endowments valuing over $7 million.
The Associate Dean reports to the Dean of Libraries and serves on the senior leadership team, actively contributing to library-wide planning, policy making, and goal setting.

About the collections:
  • Archives and Manuscripts, containing more than 4,000 collections consuming nearly 20,000 linear feet of shelf space. In addition to unmatched holdings regarding West Virginia's founding and political development, the collection preserves outstanding primary information resources regarding virtually all aspects of the state's economic, cultural, and social history from early settlement to the present.
  • The University Archives, including permanent records such as administrative files, publications, photographs, audiovisual material, faculty papers, and memorabilia that document all aspects of campus life and the operations of WVU (West Virginia University), dating from the founding of the University in 1867 through the present day.
  • The Rare Books Collection contains old and rare books from 1370 to the present. Notable collections include an exceptional Shakespeare Collection including 5 folios, an extensive Mark Twain collection, and a particular strength in early modern, publishers’ bindings, and natural history/botany.
  • The Appalachian collection includes over 12,000 published titles about the Mountain South Appalachian region as well as the Appalachian Bibliography, a web resource covering topics from archeology to anthropology, folklore, gender studies, stereotype, and politics and government, among others. The Appalachian Bibliography is recognized throughout the region.
  • Modern Congressional and Political Papers which preserves the papers of members of Congress, political parties, and state and local political actors in the 20th and 21st centuries. The papers document federal, state, and local government activities.
  • West Virginia and Regional History Center research-oriented book collection.
  • Expansive newspaper collection documenting West Virginia historically to the present day. Over 100 historic West Virginia newspapers have been digitized and are available on the Library of Congress’ page, Chronicling America.
Qualifications :
  • ALA-accredited MLS, MIS, or equivalent degree.
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of academic library experience with progressively responsible administrative/leadership experience.
  • Demonstrated understanding of best practices for special collections.
  • Demonstrated ability to cast vision and set priorities for library, archival, and museum collections.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and innovate for the development of new ideas and initiatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to advocate and serve as a voice for Special Collections, the museum, and Art in the Libraries at the library administrative level and on campus.
  • Knowledge of, or an interest in learning, the history and culture of West Virginia and the Appalachian region.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate communication and build relationships between a variety of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to participate in grant writing, grants management, donor relations, and fundraising.
  • Record of contributing to the profession via experience, research, presentations, publications, and/or service sufficient for appointment as an Associate University Librarian or University Librarian.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • An additional master’s degree or PhD in a relevant subject discipline.
Salary: $140,000 - $155,000
  • Applications received by August 1, 2022, are given full consideration in the initial screening. Applications are accepted until the position is filled. Application should include Letter of Interest, CV, and References.
  • Start Date: ASAP but negotiable.
About West Virginia University and Morgantown

Morgantown, WV is a growing university city. The area offers abundant outdoor recreation and the cultural opportunities of a college town. It is within easy driving distance of Pittsburgh, PA (70 mi) and is within a day's driving distance to Washington DC and Columbus, OH (200 mi).

At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.

From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley — the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position.

Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you are a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb.

To learn more about West Virginia University, visit . View current career opportunities at .

West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF (National Science Foundation) ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

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