Introduction (Description of School/College/Dept/Program)
As Wisconsin’s only public urban research university, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has established an international reputation for excellence in research, community engagement, teaching and entrepreneurism. Designated an R1 research institution, UWM educates more than 26,000 students and is an engine for innovation in southeastern Wisconsin.
The UWM Libraries—Golda Meir Library on the Milwaukee campus and two branches, UWM at Waukesha Library and UWM at Washington County Library—advance the campus mission by providing access to holdings of more than 5.4 million physical items, 200,000 e-books, and 142,000 digital serials. In addition, rare and unique materials are housed in the Archives, Special Collections, and the internationally renowned American Geographical Society Library. Library services and resources are accessible to students and researchers through the Libraries’ website (http://uwm.edu/libraries) and the Golda Meir Library, which includes the Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons and the Digital Humanities Lab, offers ample collaborative work and quiet study spaces.
The UWM Libraries maintain memberships and affiliations in the Council of University of Wisconsin Libraries, the Digital Public Library of America, the Midwest Art Conservation Center, Recollection Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Area Research Center Network, and the World Digital Library. The Libraries use Ex Libris’ Alma for its integrated library system, OCLC’s CONTENTdm for its digital collections, and bepress’ Digital Commons to share the intellectual output of UWM’s faculty and research community.
The Archives is the official depository for all UWM records with historical and permanent value, provides records management services to the University, has a local history collecting program, and administers the Milwaukee Area Research Center, which gives local access to the vast collections of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Major Milwaukee collecting areas include civil rights, racial and ethnic minorities, women’s history, and LGBTQ history. The Archives actively supports course instruction, research, and community engagement. The UWM Libraries is actively fundraising to relocate the Archives to a new area of the Golda Meir Library with room for collection growth and improved environmental controls.
The incoming head will provide leadership for the Archives’ digital strategy, expand the instruction program, and extend the archives and records management program to UWM’s branch campuses. They will have the opportunity to participate in the Archives’ renovation project and develop their team.
The UWM Libraries seek an experienced, collaborative, and forward-thinking individual to lead an Archives Department that is highly valued at UWM and in the Milwaukee community. The department head is responsible for developing a vision, setting and communicating priorities, and executing strategies relating to the challenges and opportunities facing UWM archives and records management, the manuscripts collection, and the Milwaukee Area Research Center. They are also responsible for the department’s daily operations and major functions, including collection development, technical and preservation services, access services, user services, outreach and digital initiatives, and donor relations. Establishes and maintains contacts with faculty, researchers, students, and donors, as well as develops collaborative partnerships across UWM and with the local community. Assesses and improves departmental programs, services, policies, and processes. Collaborates with other library units and administration on digital initiatives, preservation, space planning, and other issues. Reports to the Assistant Director of Libraries for Archives and Special Collections. This is a supervisory position with responsibilities for helping staff to achieve excellence in their professional roles.
• MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution and three years of professional (post-MLS/MLIS degree) experience. • Specialization in archival studies or special collections librarianship • Minimum of two years of supervisory and management experience
• Experience with all aspects of archival operations, including acquisitions, collection development, processing, preservation, reference and instruction, and outreach • Experience with best practices for management of born-digital records • Experience with records management policies and procedures • Experience with fundraising and donor relations • Experience training, supervising, and evaluating professional staff and student employees • Experience developing vision, setting priorities, strategic planning, and managing change • Experience with relevant standards for archival description and cataloging, including DACS, EAD, and MARC • Experience with library services platforms, digital collection management systems, and/or preservation management systems • Record of professional service activities and/or research and scholarship related to archives • Excellent interpersonal skills • Evidence of strong written and oral communication skills
Completed application materials must include a cover letter addressing the minimum and preferred qualifications for the position as listed above, a resume or curriculum vitae, and a document containing a list of three professional references.
Michael Doylen, Director of the UWM Libraries, will attend the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting in Austin, TX (August 3-6, 2019) and meet with interested applicants to discuss the position. Please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
This is a continuous recruitment. Screening begins on August 26, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received after August 25, 2019 may not receive consideration.