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Not Specified
Minimum USD Salary: 54,000
Maximum USD Salary: 80,000

Industry: LIBR-Libraries

Company: University of Maryland

Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number:
129322

Title:
Librarian (Open Rank)

Functional Title:
Outreach and Engagement Librarian in Special Collections

Category Status:
15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con

Applicant Search Category:
Faculty

University Authorized FTE:
1.0

Unit:
LIBR-Libraries

Campus/College Information:

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park, is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Background Checks

Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information reported by the background check will not automatically disqualify you from employment.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The collections and services of the University of Maryland Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) are at the heart of the research and teaching mission of the university. Collection strengths include labor history, Maryland history and culture, modern Japanese history, mass media and culture, history of the book, women’s history, historic preservation, American and British writers and poets, and the history of the University. Collection highlights include the National Public Broadcasting Archives, the Library of American Broadcasting, the George Meany Memorial AFL-CIO Archive, the Gordon W. Prange Collection, and the Katherine Anne Porter Collection. The University of Maryland Libraries is also home to important special collections in the performing arts, including the International Piano Archives at Maryland. The SCUA staff is committed to reaching out to the research community at large, facilitating access to these world-class collections that document key aspects of the human experience at the university, local, state, national and international levels.

The Outreach and Engagement Librarian in Special Collections is responsible for unlocking the richness of these collections by leading SCUA in programs that promote scholarship, support teaching and learning activities, and attract new audiences to the value of special collections. SCUA has a long and successful history of gallery exhibitions and online exhibits that support engagement in the collections. The person in this position works collaboratively with SCUA’s collection curators and others both in and outside the UMD Libraries in overseeing the full scope of exhibition planning and delivery. In addition, this position leads SCUA’s public programming activities, which includes public events, conferences and symposia, tours, instructional programs, and online outreach via social media. In collaboration with the UMD Libraries Division of Digital Services and Technologies (DST), this position oversees SCUA’s web presence to facilitate the delivery of online information tailored to SCUA’s unique needs.

The Outreach and Engagement Librarian in Special Collections has the critical responsibility of coordinating and collaborating across various units both within SCUA and across the Libraries. This position also serves as SCUA’s principal point of contact with potential stakeholders in the University and beyond. The successful candidate for this position will:

  • Lead SCUA in articulating a vision and identifying strategic priorities for outreach and engagement in close consultation with the Director and collection curators.
  • Demonstrate creativity in reimagining how SCUA can position its collections in the rapidly changing environment of a 21st century research university.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of trends in technologies and public programming that facilitate goals for outreach and engagement.
  • Understand the fundamental nature of special collections as unique resources with knowledge of the systems used to manage collections through various archival processes and descriptive tools.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage and allocate resources including budgeting and supervision of staff and student employees.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively within the Libraries with stakeholders that intersect with engagement and outreach programs.
  • Demonstrate leadership in working with external partners both on and off campus.
  • Understand the fundamentals of donor relations, fundraising, grants, and external partnerships.

Benefits Summary
Top Benefits and Perks:

Faculty Benefits Summary

Minimum Qualifications:

Education:

  • Master’s degree in Library and/or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution or a non-USA equivalent; or a graduate degree in museum studies, history, American Studies, or other relevant discipline, with experience in archives, archival course work, or an archival certificate.

Experience:

  • At least two years of professional experience in an archival setting or in a cultural heritage institution. Early career professionals are encouraged to apply.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of professional museum standards and practices and relevant web applications as they apply to archival theory and practice.
  • Able to work effectively with others in a team setting.
  • Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication skills and in assisting researchers in a special collections setting.
  • Able to manage a broad variety of tasks in response to varying time pressures with shifting priorities and changing constraints.
  • Possess a strong service orientation and the potential for professional contributions.

Preferences:

Preferences:

  • Advanced degree/graduate study in museum studies, history, American Studies or other relevant discipline.
  • Work experience with exhibits and web design in an academic special collections setting.
  • Supervisory and project management experience are desirable.

Additional Certifications:

This position is appointed to Library Faculty Ranks as established by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. Rank at appointment is based on the successful applicant’s experience and relevant credentials. Library Faculty at the University of Maryland must demonstrate accomplishments and/or evidence of potential for future accomplishments in three areas: 1) librarianship, which includes the assigned area(s) of responsibility and professional development; 2) service, which includes participation in library, university, local, and national committees and professional organizations beyond the assigned area(s) of responsibility; and 3) research, scholarship, and/or creative activities, which includes self-directed inquiry and results dissemination to advance the state of the profession. Library faculty who are successful in meeting these criteria are awarded continuous employment in the form of Permanent Status. For additional information on faculty status at the University of Maryland Libraries, consult: http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/2014-ii-100b.html.

Additional Information:

ABOUT THE LIBRARIES: As the largest university library system in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area, the University of Maryland (UMD) Libraries serve more than 41,000 students and 14,000 faculty and staff of the flagship College Park campus. The Libraries’ extensive collections, programs, and services enable student success, support teaching, research, and creativity, and enrich the intellectual and cultural life of the community. A member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Association of Research Libraries, the UMD Libraries was honored with the 2020 Excellence in Academic Libraries award in the university category from the Association of College and Research Libraries. The University of Maryland Libraries are committed to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. We support university and library efforts to create a more just campus environment, understanding the unique, interdisciplinary focus of libraries and archives as collectors and curators of the historical, literary, artistic, and scientific record. We provide collections, services, and programs that reflect the diversity of our community, heighten cultural awareness, and incorporate the histories, experiences, and expressions of those who have been historically marginalized and/or underrepresented. We work to ensure equitable access to our facilities, resources, and services.

The University of Maryland Libraries are committed to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. We support university and library efforts to create a more just campus environment, understanding the unique, interdisciplinary focus of libraries and archives as collectors and curators of the historical, literary, artistic, and scientific record. We provide collections, services, and programs that reflect the diversity of our community, heighten cultural awareness, and incorporate the histories, experiences, and expressions of those who have been historically marginalized and/or underrepresented. We work to ensure equitable access to our facilities, resources, and services.

  • The salary range is $54,000-$80,000, commensurate with the rank on appointment, salary is commensurate with experience.
  • You must be legally able to work in the United States; the University of Maryland Libraries will not sponsor individuals for employment.
  • Please review the entire position description athttps://www.lib.umd.edu/about/careers/staff-faculty

Posting Date:
06/13/2024

Closing Date:

Open Until Filled
Yes

Best Consideration Date
07/31/2024

Physical Demands

Must be able to tolerate occasional dirty/dusty conditions and be able to reach, stoop, bend, lift, and move 40 lbs. Must be able to tolerate the stresses engendered in a multi-faceted, rapidly growing archives program responsive to a broad user base.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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