The University Libraries seeks an experienced, dynamic, and innovative leader for the position of Katheryn B. Willock Head of Special Collections. The Special Collections department features world-class archival and rare collections in a number of areas, including the US-Mexico Borderlands and the history of science, and a highly motivated group of faculty and staff members committed to maximizing the impact of its holdings at the University of Arizona and beyond. The Head, reporting to the Vice Dean of Libraries, has the primary responsibility of providing leadership, vision, and strategic direction for Special Collections within the broader context of the strategic plans and goals of the University Libraries as well as the University of Arizona. The Head, who oversees all operations in Special Collections and supervises 6 librarians FTE and 4.5 FTE staff, is responsible for mentoring faculty and staff, as well as coaching junior faculty members through the continuing status and promotion process. The UA Libraries embrace a highly collaborative environment; the Head works closely with other library departments and teams regarding reference and instruction, collection development and access, digital collections, cataloging and metadata, digital preservation, outreach strategies, exhibits, and events. The Head has a significant role in identifying and cultivating donors in collaboration with the Libraries’ Director of Development. In addition, the Head is a member of the Libraries’ Cabinet (leadership, policy and management team).
This is a continuing status track (equivalent to tenure track), academic professional position. Candidates should have sufficient professional experience, scholarship, and service to be hired at the Associate or Full Librarian rank, with continuing status. Incumbents are members of the general faculty and are entitled to all accompanying rights and privileges granted by the Arizona Board of Regents and the University of Arizona. Retention and promotion are earned through achievement of a record of excellence in position effectiveness, scholarship, and service.
Special Collections Established in 1958 and housed in a beautiful and inviting facility, the University of Arizona Special Collections is home to one of the nation’s finest collections of archival collections and printed texts about Arizona and the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands. Other significant collection areas include the history of science (including a focus on space sciences), literature, performing arts, and political affairs. Special Collections partners with community archives, other organizations, and individuals in the southwest United States and along the U.S.-Mexico border and is committed to the widest representation of diverse voices in the historical record. Significant acquisitions include: the Humane Borders Records, the papers of Bilingual Education pioneers, the de la Torre Family papers, the papers of mystery author J.A. Jance, the papers of author Edward Abbey, the papers of author Charles Bukowski, Chax Press Records, the papers of astronomer Gerard Peter Kuiper, the American Vaudeville Museum Collection, the papers of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords as well as those of Congressman Morris K. Udall and Secretary of the Interior Stewart L. Udall. The department is responsible for identifying and acquiring new collections within the collection scope (http://speccoll.library.arizona.edu/collection-development-policy); integrating special collections into the curriculum; providing advanced reference related to the collections in collaboration with the Access and Information Services department staff who manage the information point in Special Collections; implementing digital initiatives in collaboration with other units in the Libraries; promoting use of the collections through exhibits, programs, and publications; stewardship and preservation of the collections; and the description and processing of collections. The curators and archivists also identify and cultivate donors in collaboration with the Libraries’ Development Office and provide assistance to other UA campus units regarding requests for archival material and information.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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