Head of Special Collections Technical Services
Smith College seeks a dynamic, innovative, and versatile Head of Special Collections Technical Services to provide leadership and strategic directions for the long-term stewardship of Smith College’s special collections. This professional position offers opportunities to collaborate with special collections staff in the development of collection management policies and procedures; with special collections and library staff to think comprehensively about preservation and access to special collections materials; and with the Smith community to envision a new special collections facility within the new Neilson Library designed by Maya Lin. The new Head of Special Collections Technical Services will be flexible and have a demonstrated ability to work in a complex, changing environment, and they will think critically about collection management and services from a user-centered lens.
Smith College was founded in 1871. Known as one of the original Seven Sisters, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the United States. The College boasts 44 academic departments and programs, including the Archives and Books Studies Concentrations. The Smith College Libraries embodies its mission to “advance teaching, learning, research, and discovery for Smith students, faculty, and staff by offering collections in multiple formats, providing access to information worldwide, and establishing services and learning environments responsive to users' needs. The Libraries further support women's education through an internationally recognized repository of archives and manuscripts documenting the history of women.”
Integral to Smith College Libraries are its special collections. As a steward of these historical materials of enduring value, Smith College Special Collections fosters inquiry, critical thinking, and knowledge building through active engagement with the past and a focus on the future. Special Collections is home to Smith College Archives, the Mortimer Rare Book Room, and the Sophia Smith Collection, and holds 26,000 linear feet of a diverse collections, rare books, and manuscripts.
Review of applications will begin immediately. To review the full description and to be considered for this position, visit https://smithcollege.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=38448&job=ad0685-head-of-special-collections-technical-services
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