SUMMARY OF DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND
Occidental is a highly selective and diverse liberal arts college
located in the global metropolis of Los Angeles. Founded in 1887,
it is one of the oldest liberal arts colleges on the West Coast.
Occidental’s interdisciplinary focus encourages a hands-on approach
to learning and includes one of the country’s best undergraduate
research programs. Faculty members work closely with the Library’s
Special Collections and College Archives (SCCA) staff to support
their teaching and research. 1,850 students from 45 states and 24
countries have compiled an impressive record of winning national
awards. Our central location within the city ensures easy access to
top research institutions, museums, and cultural heritage centers,
including the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts, and Sciences, the
Autry Museum of the American West, Caltech, the Getty Research
Institute, the Huntington Library, the Los Angeles County Museum of
Art, UCLA, and USC.
The Library is seeking an innovative and energetic Director to lead
our SCCA division as we work collaboratively to develop, deliver,
and support scholarly information resources and digital
technologies designed to optimize access to them. Reporting to the
College Librarian, the Director of SCCA will join the Library
Leadership Team, oversee and manage the division’s budget,
endowment funds, and operations, and lead a team of three: The
Special Collections Instruction and Research Librarian; the
Coordinator of Book Arts and Print Cultures; and the Digitization
Specialist. The incumbent will plan, organize, implement, and
assess instruction utilizing primary sources, exhibitions,
programs, and community outreach. The Director will collaborate
with faculty, students, and staff colleagues to develop an exciting
new vision for the future of the division. They will also interact
closely with the College Librarian and colleagues in Institutional
Advancement to develop fundraising strategies and proposals to
support SCCA’s exciting new initiatives.
The Occidental College Library has a long history of providing
faculty, students, staff and other researchers with distinguished
special collections. Exposure to primary source materials is a key
component of a liberal arts education. The Library also has a
strong tradition and excellent reputation in the Book Arts and
History of Print Cultures. SCCA’s resources include analog
materials in many media and most formats plus born digital and
digitized materials. Its strengths include cultural, visual, and
print history; Western Americana; Latin American Studies; Northeast
Los Angeles (NELA) history; mid-20th-Century political and social
movements; and the extensive institutional archives of the College,
dating back to its founding. SCCA also oversees the College’s
eclectic art collection, consisting of more than 3,000 items.
The incumbent will work closely with faculty, staff, students, and
community partners to ensure broad diversity and inclusivity within
the collections, representing a multiplicity of experiences and
viewpoints. Oxy is engaging in collaborative and disaggregated
community archive projects to provide enhanced access to hidden
collections. Examples include supporting and furthering the NELA
history archiving and oral history projects; the Black Alumni
Organization’s initiative to interrogate and expand the College
Archives relating to African American experiences at Oxy; and the
United American Indian Involvement institutional photo archiving
project. The Director will also have the opportunity to expand
SCCA’s coverage of the history of print cultures by developing
collections and classes covering both international and local
immigrant and ethnic communities’ engagement.
The Director will oversee the acquisition, security, preservation,
conservation, cataloging, ongoing care and curation, and
sustainability of analog and digital resources. Earlier this year,
Oxy implemented the Ex Libris Alma/Primo library services platform.
This fall we will be bringing online Alma Digital. Working closely
with other members of the Library Leadership Team, the Director
will play a key role in organizing and managing digitization
projects and planning for the future of Oxy’s digital archive,
focusing on providing open and equitable access to a broad array of
- Furthers the College’s and Library’s deep commitment to equity
and justice by developing diverse and inclusive collections and
providing equitable access to scholarly information resources.
- Develops an exciting new vision for SCCA.
- Oversees and manages the SCCA’s budget, staffing, and
operations. Serves as the fund manager for SCCA endowments.
- Supervises three staff members: The Special Collections
Instruction and Research Librarian; the Coordinator of Book Arts
and Print Cultures; and the Digitization Specialist. Hires, trains,
and supervises SCCA’s Student Assistants and interns.
- Develops cultural competencies in staff and creates policies to
provide an inclusive and equitable research environment where all
potential users see their information needs met. Promotes active
engagement with historical records to overcome biases inherent in
- Oversees the acquisition, security, preservation, conservation,
cataloging, ongoing care and curation, and sustainability of SCCA’s
analog and digital resources.
- Plans, organizes, implements, and assesses instruction
utilizing primary sources, exhibitions, programs, and community
- Works closely with the College Librarian and Institutional
Advancement to develop fundraising strategies to support SCCA’s
initiatives, submit grant applications, and manage donor
- Ensures broad diversity and inclusivity within the collections,
representing a multiplicity of experiences and viewpoints.
- Engages and leads SCCA in collaborative and disaggregated
community archiving projects to provide enhanced access to hidden
- Organizes and manages SCCA digitization projects. Plans for the
future of Oxy’s Digital Archive.
- Provides reference and research support to faculty, students,
staff, community partners, and other researchers.
- Teaches course-integrated instruction to college classes and
collaborates with faculty members on integrating use of primary
sources in the curriculum.
- Provides guidance to College departments for transferring
records intended for retention to the College Archives.
- Supports requests from College departments for archival
materials to support events, anniversaries, celebrations,
communications, publicity, and other purposes.
- Participates in regional and national library and/or archival
professional associations, such as, CARL, RBMS, SAA, and SCA,
through office holding, committee work, or presentations.
- MLIS from an ALA accredited program or its equivalent in work
experience, education, and training.
- Three years of professional experience working with special
collections and archives in an academic or research library.
- An exciting vision for the role of Special Collections in a
liberal arts curriculum.
- Strong support for the values of a residential liberal arts
education and determination to strengthen the academic community by
providing equitable access to a rich portfolio of primary sources
designed to advance teaching, learning, and research.
- Thorough working knowledge of academic library practices and
methods for acquiring, organizing, cataloging, describing,
preserving, conserving, accessing, digitizing, sustaining, and
deaccessioning special collections and experience with library
services platforms, data structures and standards, and the options
available for delivering special collections materials to
- Commitment to supporting teaching, learning, and research by
helping to develop scholarly information resources through open
access, OER, digital archives, and institutional repositories.
- Excellent listening, spoken, and written communication skills.
Ability to interact successfully with students, faculty, staff,
consortial and other professional colleagues, donors, vendors, and
off-campus community constituencies.
- Energetic and innovative team leader, member, and colleague.
Team player who displays flexibility for working within a
constantly evolving organization where responsibilities are shared
across divisions and between individuals.
- Second subject master’s degree
- Experience with the Ex Libris Alma/Primo library services
- Exposure to digital archiving and scholarship
- Experience with supervising staff members.
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information for three references (including a present or former
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you learned of this opportunity, why you are attracted to the job,
and how your qualifications meet the requirements of the
The position will start after January 2022. First consideration
will be given to candidates applying by December 10, 2021.
Occidental is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully
discriminate against employees or applicants on the basis of race,
color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender
expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition,
national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status,
physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic
characteristic or information, military and veteran status, or any
other characteristic protected by state or federal law. Occidental
is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of the campus
community and the curriculum, and to fostering an inclusive,
equitable, and just environment within which students, staff,
administrators, and faculty thrive. Candidates who can contribute
to this goal through their work are encouraged to identify their
strengths and experiences in this area. Individuals advancing the
College’s strategic equity and justice goals and those from groups
that are underrepresented in the field are particularly encouraged
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. A
comprehensive benefits package is available that includes:
excellent health, dental, life, and retirement benefits; tuition
benefits for the employee, spouse, domestic partner, and
dependents; additional extras including use of gym facilities and
the College Library. For a detailed description of benefits, please
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