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University Archivist And Director Of Special Collections

Bucknell University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Jun 12, 2024

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University Archivist And Director Of Special Collections

36 Bertrand Library

Position Title:
University Archivist and Director of Special Collections

Position Type:
Full time

36 Bertrand Library

Staff Exempt

Job Summary:
Reporting to the Dean of Library Services, the University Archivist and Director of Special Collections provides leadership and strategic vision for the collections, services, and programs of the Special Collections & University Archives unit of a premier liberal arts university library. Bucknell's Special Collections are notable for their close connections to the University community, including a robust program of library instruction, research services, and exhibits. The University Archives supports the administrative and historical needs of the College.

The Director will be supported by a talented and innovative team of librarians, technologists, scholars, and staff working within and across the University. Library & IT has a reputation for excellence, especially in Digital Scholarship, and the Director will be an active leader and collaborator on digital research, preservation, and teaching projects.

Library and Information Technology at Bucknell is a unified organization that has evolved dramatically, shedding over time many of the distinctions that frequently separate university library and information technology departments. Library & Information Technology takes pride in its accomplishments and its important role at Bucknell. Staff members are committed to professionalism, excellence, and service through: innovation and creativity; collaboration; diversity and inclusion; integrity; trust and trustworthiness; and communication and transparency.

Job Duties:
  • Outreach and Education: Manages the department's outreach activities, including instruction, exhibits, and promotion of services, collections, and programs. Understands the relationship between traditional special collections and current digital initiatives, and coordinates educational efforts, working with faculty, leading instructional sessions, and supporting student research.
  • Leadership and Management: Oversees and directs operations, staff, programs, and collections of Special Collections & University Archives. Develops and implements departmental policies and procedures, ensuring efficient and effective department functions.
  • Collection Development: Sets direction for and leads the acquisition of material through various means (purchase, donation) that contributes to the long-term research value of the collections. Provides direction for projects related to collection management and access, including implementing appropriate systems and developing processing standards.
  • Research and Collaboration: Manages the department's research assistance program and participates in research collaborations. Integrates outreach with Library and IT activities and programs.
  • Digitization and Strategic Initiatives: Leads and participates in digitization projects. Collaborates with Library and IT staff on key projects and strategic initiatives for the organization.
  • Records Management: Oversees the University's Records management program, working with Bucknell University offices, departments, programs, and organizations to manage their records in all formats, and to ensure that the University is complying with accepted standards, protocols, and best practices for records management.

Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • An ALA-accredited Master's degree in library or information science, or an equivalent level of education and experience.
  • Five years in a special collections environment, with evidence of increasing responsibility, innovative leadership, and successful personnel supervision.
  • Evidence of broad knowledge of best practices in special collections and archives.
  • Proven track record of engaging students, faculty and the community through special collections outreach, exhibits, research and instruction.
  • Experience with collection management and preservation tools and familiarity with the application of metadata standards
  • Ability to plan and execute well-conceived and relevant exhibits.
  • Strong collaborative and communication skills and a record of commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence.
  • Demonstrated effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills with a high priority on the ability to effectively undertake instruction and other public speaking engagements.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Understanding of, or willingness to learn about new ways of approaching research and publishing in support of digital scholarship projects and programs.
  • Track record of successful grantsmanship and evidence of success in the stewardship of donors.
  • Experience in or familiarity with a liberal arts college environment.

Physical Demands:

Able to move equipment and supplies weighing up to 30 pounds

Able to grasp and manipulate fragile objects

Able to remain in a stationary position for extended periods of time; sit or stand at a computer and use a mouse/keyboard for long periods of time

Able to move about the office to access file cabinets and office equipment such as phones, copiers and printers

Able to work in an environment with a moderate level of interruption

Job Exempt:

Salary Range:

The offer rate will be based on a review of the candidate's credentials compared to the qualifications of the position, internal equity, and our overall compensation philosophy.

This role is not budgeted for visa sponsorship at this time, all candidates must be authorized to work in the US at the time of submission of the application.



Eligible full- and part-time employees are compensated beyond base salary through our total rewards package that includes (but is not limited to):
  • Flexible scheduling options determined by role;
  • Medical, prescription drug, vision, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance options
  • An outstanding 10% employer contribution to your retirement plan (no contribution requirement for non-exempt positions)
  • Generous paid time off, including vacation and sick time, a community service day, and 19 paid holidays (including two full weeks off for Winter Break!)
  • Full-time and part-time members of the faculty and staff are eligible for tuition remission for themselves. Additionally, full-time members of the faculty and staff are eligible for tuition remission for their spouse/spousal equivalent and are eligible for various tuition programs for their children. Credit for full-time benefits eligible employment at other institutions of higher education will be applied to waiting periods.
  • A comprehensive employee wellness program including program incentives
  • A myriad of other benefits, including parental leave, an employee assistance program, fitness center membership, and the power of your Bucknell ID card

To learn more about Bucknell's benefits, click here! (*Eligibility criteria and waiting periods may apply.)

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:
Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. We endeavor to enhance our capacity to value and capitalize on the cultural richness that diversity brings. We encourage all individuals to apply and do not discriminate in admissions, employment, educational programs and/or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, sex/gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, marital or family status, military or veteran status, or genetic information.
E-VerifyBucknell University participates with the United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) E-Verify program. We will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.For additional information regarding Bucknell's E-Verify requirements, please contact the office of Talent, Culture & Human Resources (570) 577-1631 or email Posters (sharing the link to the posters, which are also attached)

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