Tulane University seeks an innovative and highly motivated professional for the position of Head of Collection Management for the Special Collections Division at the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library. The Head of Collection Management leads a team responsible for managing the archival holdings of Tulane University Special Collections (TUSC) at Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University. Reporting to the Director of Special Collections, the Head of Collection Management oversees a user-driven archival management program for TUSC’s collecting areas, including the Hogan Jazz Archive, Louisiana Research Collection, Rare Books, the Southeastern Architecture Archive, and University Archives. The Head leads the development and implementation of flexible and scalable strategies for collection management, prioritizing access and use while remaining responsive to collection needs and resources. This includes recruiting, training, supervising, and developing staff; learning and applying standard and emerging technologies in the field; and collaborating effectively with a diverse staff and public. In collaboration with the Director, the Head plans, prioritizes, and supervises projects; oversees the development, maintenance, and documentation of policies, procedures, and workflows that support archival accessioning, processing, preservation, and access; and collaborates with TUSC staff to set priorities for this work. The Head collaborates with the Director of Special Collections to ensure Collection Management is fully integrated into TUSC and Library-wide goals and processes; to identify external funding opportunities and develop proposals; to help facilitate collection acquisition and appraisal; and to support donor stewardship efforts. The position contributes to reference, instruction, exhibits, social media initiatives, and other programming as needed. The Head of Collection Management will participate actively in relevant professional groups, training and development activities, and present or publish in appropriate forums and otherwise enrich their professional profile and knowledge.
Tulane University is an AAU/Carnegie I/ARL Research Institution and is ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the top fifty national universities in the United States. Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is the University's main library, with a collection of more than 4.5 million physical items, nearly 1 million e-books, thousands of digital images, and tens of thousands of databases, electronic journals, streaming audio files, and other scholarly resources. A recently-completed addition to the building added two new floors with expansive views of the campus and city of New Orleans and has quickly become a highly desirable space for studying and events.
The university is located in beautiful uptown New Orleans, bordering Audubon Park and the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line (listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places). The booming Freret Street corridor and many unique shops and restaurants are close by.
REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science OR graduate degree combined with relevant experience
Minimum of 2 years of experience working in special collections in an academic or research environment.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES/COMPETENCIES TYPICALLY NEEDED TO PERFORM THIS JOB SUCCESSFULLY:
Thorough understanding of current and emerging approaches to developing a user-driven archival processing program for special collections in an academic research library.
Thorough knowledge of library and archival standards and vocabularies, including EAD, DACS, MARC, RDA, and LCSH.
Knowledge of issues and methods to facilitate digital archives management and/or digitization of special collections.
Understanding of privacy, confidentiality, copyright, and use policies associated with special collections materials.
Able to be responsive to the needs of a diverse faculty and student population and committed to fostering diversity and inclusion in the work environment.
Demonstrated experience applying efficient techniques in accessioning, appraising, arranging, describing, preserving, and providing access to archival collections of varying size and complexity.
Demonstrated experience working with archival content management systems, such as Archon, Archivists’ Toolkit, or ArchivesSpace, and standard computer office applications such as Microsoft Office.
Experience supervising staff and students in a special collections setting.
Demonstrated project management experience, with an ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, organizational skills, and time management skills.
A record of engagement with the profession through committee work, presentations, and/or publication, and knowledge of current and emerging trends in the special collections field.
To apply for this position, please visit http://apply.interfolio.com/65630. To ensure full consideration, applicants must submit a letter of application, resume, and the names with full contact information of at least three professional references.
Tulane University is an AA/EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Additional Salary Information: Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Librarians at Tulane are academic appointees who do not have tenure or faculty status, but who receive the benefits of faculty, including a choice of health plans, retirement plans, tuition waiver for themselves, and undergraduate tuition waiver for dependents. Professional travel support is available.
About Tulane University, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
Tulane University is ranked 40th nationally by U.S. News and World Report (2017), boasts a strong student profile, award-winning faculty, and is a member of the Association of American Universities. The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, HathiTrust, the Center for Research Libraries, and the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries. Tulane’s main campus is located in the historic Uptown neighborhood of New Orleans, a highly diverse and culturally rich city with a vibrant food, music, and arts scene.