Head of Public & Research Services in Special Collections

Baton Rouge
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Created: October 19, 2015


The Louisiana State University Libraries seek applications and nominations for the position of Head of Public and Research Services for the Special Collections Library. The person appointed to this tenure-track faculty position will manage and coordinate all aspects of Special Collections reference and instruction services in a dynamic Special Collections repository. The Head of Public and Research Services reports to the Head of Special Collections and is a member of the Special Collections Management Team.

Job duties include:

Defines cohesive strategies for managing remote and in-person reference activities, including (but not limited to) training, policies, and procedures for the Reading Room, fulfilling duplication requests, as well as collections retrieval and reshelving; oversees the Special Collections Library's use of Aeon (researcher and collections management system) and serves as the liaison to Atlas Systems regarding technical issues and statistics; oversees and coordinates reference service and provides and remotely including occasional Saturday and Tuesday evening duty; reference service to faculty, students, and other researchers both in person; works closely with head of Research and Instruction Services in Middleton Library on general policies and overall direction for research services in the University Libraries; directly supervises public services unit.

Oversees the coordination of instruction in Special Collections, working in collaboration with the Head of Special Collections, Curators, University Archivist, and others to fulfill instruction and outreach activities and needs; consults with LSU faculty on their own research needs and research based on Special Collections holdings; works directly with LSU teaching faculty to integrate Special Collections holdings and services integrate Special Collections holdings and services into their course design.

Manages, in consultation with curators and Head of Special Collections, the rights and permissions for publication and reuse of items in collections; develops institutional strategy for tracking and reporting archival use and impact metrics, and coordinates assessment efforts; works with Special Collections management team to align collection use trends with processing strategies and develop effective archival discovery mechanisms; with Special Collections management team and others, develops strategies for providing access to and creating a collection development strategy for the growing collection of born-digital and digitized archival content; completes other projects as assigned/directed; represents the Special Collections Library on relevant library committees, task forces, etc.;

Provides relevant contributions to the Special Collections Library website, social media, and the Special Collections blog, to promote Special Collections services and collections to the research community.

Engages in research, scholarly publication, and professional service activities; participates in local, regional, or national professional organizations; enriches professional expertise by attending conferences and continuing education opportunities, with the potential to achieve the requirements for tenure and promotion in the areas of librarianship, research and service.


Published: Monday, October 19, 2015 18:00 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:41 UTC