University Archivist & Coordinator of Special Collections

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Created: November 1, 2012


The University of Dayton Libraries seek an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented professional to serve as University Archivist.  The primary mission of the University Archives is to preserve and make known the history of the University; other special collections include the general rare book collection, the Congressional papers of Charles W. Whalen, the Si Burick collection (sports memorabilia), the Catholic Civil Liberties Union papers, the Julien M. Christensen collection (psychology and human factors), the Glenn R. Walters collection (Dayton-area business history), the Michael Polanyi collection (philosophy), and several performing arts collections: the Dayton Bach Society collection, the Karl Flaster West collection (opera and poetry), the Urban Schnurr collection (theater), the Josephine Schwartz collection (dance), and the Victory Theater collection.

The University Archivist oversees the acquisition, processing, use, security, and preservation of physical and digital materials for the University Archives and Special Collections.  The Archivist takes a leadership role in developing and preserving digital collections, and in developing an institutional repository in collaboration with other units across campus.  Additional responsibilities include: consulting with university offices and organizations on the disposition of records; working closely with University Advancement, especially Public Relations and Alumni Relations; representing the Archives and University Libraries on various committees.  The University Archivist supervises a full-time staff member and one or more graduate interns.

Required Qualifications:  M.A. in public history or M.L.S. from an ALA-accredited program with formal training in archival theory and practice and knowledge of historical methodology; a minimum of two years post-degree full-time experience working in an academic archives; supervisory experience; demonstrated ability to work in a team environment; demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse user communities; knowledge of and experience with digital access management software such as CONTENTdm, and Institutional Repository software such as Bepress Digital Commons; knowledge of archival management software such as Archivists’ Toolkit; knowledge of and experience with descriptive standards such as DACS, EAD and Dublin Core, as well as markup and stylesheet languages such as XML, XSL, and CSS; knowledge of file formats used for preserving digital information; excellent written communication skills; commitment to the University’s Catholic and Marianist mission and identity.

Preferred Qualifications:  Experience with archival management software; experience with rare books; training in/familiarity with preservation standards and practices; supervisory experience with full-time staff; excellent oral communication skills; grant-writing experience; certification by the Academy of Certified Archivists.

This is a full-time faculty position (non-tenure track) with the rank of lecturer, reporting to the Associate Dean for Collections and Operations.  Competitive salary and excellent benefits.  To apply submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to by Nov. 28, 2012.

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