Head of Collection Services
Head of Collection Services
The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seek creative,
forward-thinking, collaborative applicants for a full-time,
tenure-line faculty appointment as Head of Collection Services in
the Eberly Family Special Collections Library.
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Reporting to the Head of the Eberly Family Special Collections
Library (SCL), the Head of Collection Services plays a leading role
in developing and sustaining a holistic, coordinated program for
responsible stewardship, ethical description, and equitable access
to Penn State's rare, unique, and distinctive collections. The
position leads accessioning, arrangement and description,
preservation, and collection management activities for special
collections holdings in all formats, including born digital,
audiovisual, manuscript, print, and photographs. The position
examines current practices, processes, and systems with a focus on
advancing sustainability, accessibility, representation, and
inclusion in collections care and stewardship.
As a full-time, tenure-line faculty librarian, the Head of
Collection Services is expected to participate in library, college,
and university governance and devote time to research, scholarly
activity, and service to the University, the public, and the
profession. Incoming faculty benefit from the strong mentoring
program developed by the University Libraries to support faculty in
tenure-line appointments in fulfilling expectations in the areas of
librarianship, research, and service.
- Oversees accessioning, archival and manuscript processing,
assessment, and collection management activities, ensuring
adherence to best practices and standards and supporting broad
discovery and access.
- Supervises a team of approximately 6 employees (faculty, staff,
and students), providing direction and oversight for work
assignments, mentorship, and ongoing training and development for
- Serves on SCL management team and joins with the Head of SCL
and other managers in leading efforts to advance departmental goals
for building, stewarding, and promoting use and engagement with
special collections, as well as team learning and development.
- Works closely with curators to ensure strong coordination in
building sustainable workflows for collection development and
stewardship, and with reference and instruction colleagues to
support broad and timely access to collections for research,
teaching, and learning.
- Works closely with managers and curators on planning and
prioritization for collection development, assessment, arrangement
and description, and digitization of special collections holdings
in a way that promotes the broadest forms of access.
- Leads efforts to examine current processes, tools, and systems,
and develop and implement reparative and inclusive archival
practices for description and access.
- Leads efforts to assess and monitor existing control, access,
and storage for special collections holdings, identify current and
future needs, and work with colleagues to plan and undertake
projects for reappraisal, deaccessioning, collection storage, and
- Proactively collaborates with colleagues across the University
Libraries, including the Special Collections Cataloging,
Preservation, Conservation, and Digitization, and Annex Services
teams to sustain and enhance ongoing maintenance, storage,
preservation, discoverability, and accessibility of special
- Advises and consults with colleagues across Commonwealth Campus
Libraries to support preservation and access to special collections
and archival materials across Penn State.
- Serves regular hours on the reference desk and works alongside
colleagues in assisting students, faculty, alumni, and other
researchers with the discovery of resources appropriate for their
- Engages in research, scholarly publication, and professional
service activities at the local, regional, and national or
- A graduate degree in library and information science from an
ALA-accredited institution, or a graduate degree in archival
studies, or equivalent combination of graduate degree and archival
- Experience in an archival or special collections environment
working with collections in various formats, including textual,
born-digital, audiovisual, manuscript, print, and photographs.
- Experience or demonstrated knowledge in appraisal,
accessioning, arrangement and description of special collections
materials, and demonstrated commitment to responsible stewardship
and equitable access.
- Understanding of and commitment to current national archival
and descriptive standards and best practices, including DACS, EAD,
EAC-CPF, and MARC.
- Excellent collaboration, communication, and interpersonal
- Strong organizational skills and experience in project
- Ability to work effectively in a rapidly changing environment
and to tolerate ambiguity.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, respect, and
- Ability to meet the requirements of promotion and tenure in
Penn State University Libraries.
Apply online at https://psu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/PSU_Academic/job/University-Park-Campus/Head-of-Collection-Services_REQ_0000023968-1
CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS:
- Supervisory and management experience.
- Experience with collection management software (i.e.,
ArchivesSpace, Archon, or Archivist's Toolkit).
- Experience providing reference service in a special collections
library or academic setting.
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