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Outreach and Public Services Librarian/Archivist (FP136A)

Old Dominion University
Norfolk, Virginia
Commensurate with Experience
Posted Date
Jul 7, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Administration
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Reporting to the Head of the Special Collections and University Archives, the Outreach and Public Services Librarian/Archivist is responsible for coordinating instruction, outreach, programming, reference, research, and access services for Special Collections and University Archives. In collaboration with the Department Head, the Librarian is also responsible for development and implementation of policies and procedures for reference, duplication, access, and reading room services in Special Collections and Archives in accordance with identified standards and best practices. The Outreach and Public Services Librarian/Archivist assists with the supervision of student assistants and interns in the department. The Outreach and Public Services Librarian/Archivist also represents the ODU Libraries within the Commonwealth, and at the regional and national level regarding issues related to special collections and archives. The incumbent is expected to work comfortably and with a high degree of expertise in a shared decision-making environment.


Required: ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science OR equivalent advanced degree and experience. Strong commitment to public service with an understanding of the services and use of archives. Some experience in an archives or special collections department or related unit in a research library or similar setting. Some experience creating online educational resources, guides, exhibitions, media, and other tools.

Basic knowledge of methods for assessing public services and programs. Basic knowledge of methods for planning, conducting, and assessing instruction services for undergraduate and graduate education. Basic knowledge of archival best practices, standards, strategies, and procedures. Basic knowledge of current trends, issues, and standards in archives and records management, including digital collections. Strong organizational and time management skills.

Ability to work successfully with a diverse community of faculty, students, visiting scholars, university administrators, and community users. Ability to work independently, as a member of a team, and partner collaboratively with colleagues across different departments and areas of expertise. Ability to adapt to change, analyze and solve problems and take initiative to find creative solutions. Excellent written, interpersonal, communication, and project management skills.

Preferred: Graduate education and/coursework related to special collections and archives. Two years’ library experience. Some experience in developing and delivering instruction or educational programming with special collections and archives.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.

The Old Dominion University Libraries mission is to enrich the academic, research, and learning experiences of the University community through access to its staff, collections, and spaces. Comprised of the Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, F. Ludwig Diehn Composers Room, and Elise N. Hofheimer Art Library, the Libraries are essential partners in teaching, research, and scholarly communication through expert, flexible, and entrepreneurial staff, access to information resources, and spaces that encourage reflection, exploration, and interaction. The Libraries are committed to creating, nurturing, and sustaining an organizational culture built on core principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We apply these principles throughout all phases of operations and services, including, but not limited to selecting and enabling access to resources; providing users with physical and virtual spaces; developing policies and procedures; and recruiting and managing personnel.


Special Collections and University Archives collect, preserve, and provide access to rare and unique materials documenting the history of the university, local community and region, including documents, records, maps, photographs, letters, rare books, art, music, video, artifacts, and unique research collections. We use our expertise in teaching, learning, and research using archives and primary sources to support active learning, unique research opportunities, and meaningful community engagement.

Old Dominion University is a metropolitan state-supported institution with a diverse enrollment of more than 24,000, a leader in distance learning, and a Carnegie Extensive Doctoral/Research University. ODU is Virginia's forward-focused research university with rigorous academics, an energetic residential community, entrepreneurial research and collaboration, and initiatives that contribute nearly $2.6 billion annually to Virginia's economy.  More than 120 undergraduate and 130 graduate programs at the master's, education specialist, and doctoral levels and a wealth of certificate and professional development programs are offered.

Screening of applicants will begin August 8, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

Applications:  A complete application will contain a cover letter addressing position requirements, resume and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three professional references.  Please submit applications at

It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Old Dominion University, located in the City of Norfolk in the metropolitan Hampton Roads region of coastal Virginia, is a state-assisted, Carnegie doctoral/research-extensive institution that serves its students and enriches the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world through rigorous academic programs, strategic partnerships, and active civic engagement. Its 24,000 students, including over 6,000 graduate students, form a diverse and multicultural community in six academic colleges. Through a collaborative and innovative approach to education and research, the University focuses on student learning and addresses critical needs in the professions. ODU’s programs are offered on the main campus, at higher education centers in the region, and at numerous distance learning sites.

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