Assistant Professor - Director of Special Collections & Archives

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Created: July 9, 2013


The University of Nebraska at Omaha invites applications for an Assistant Professor in the Criss Library.  The successful applicant will also receive an Auxiliary appointment as the Director of Special Collections and Archives. 
The University and Library have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff.  We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of under-represented groups and strongly encourage women and persons of color to apply for the position.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

This position provides leadership and sets direction within the department in accordance with the library's aims and strategic direction, and is a conduit for two-way communication about the department at the library leadership level. Maintains a strategic development plan that will encompass growth and enhancement of the library's collections, with an emphasis on digital formats. Oversees and coordinates all aspects of Special Collections & Archives operations, including the ongoing acquisition of relevant material; preservation, conservation and management of collections; maintenance of intellectual control; and development of access and usage policies appropriate to both physical and virtual collections. Oversees specialized collection management functions, including the handling of gift materials, selection and de-selection collection processes, identification of potential conservation and preservation materials in the general collection, and collection analysis. Manages resources within the department, including faculty/staff, budget, equipment, space and physical facilities. Collaborates with department faculty/staff and library leadership to identify potential grant and funding sources, prepare required applications, and manage funded projects. Collaborates with UNO faculty and staff and all divisions of the library to establish digitization priorities and ensure that digitization projects are successfully completed. Works closely with department faculty/staff to develop programs and exhibits that will promote collections and contribute to the mission and vision of the library and the university. Promotes the use of primary resources within university courses and research. Maintains an awareness of the particular requirements of the collections and collaborates with faculty/staff and other library departments to ensure effective operations. Fosters communication and collegiality within the department and with other departments in the library. Supports a high level of public service and dedication to the library's mission within the department.

Additional Duties:

Desired: Familiarity with grant and funding sources, and demonstrated ability to successfully acquire grant support. Experience with promoting special collections and archives, organizing exhibits (actual and virtual), and collaborating with university departments to incorporate the use of primary materials into courses and research. Experience in dealing with congressional archives collections.    

To apply:  Complete an application; attach a cover letter, vita and a list of 5 references on line at  For additional information contact  Dean Steve Shorb at or 402-554-3208.

Minimum Qualifications:

ALA accredited master's degree in library and information science with six years of experience and specialized knowledge of archives or special collections – or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and direction within an archives and special collections area, and the skills and ability to represent the department effectively within the library and the university community. Ability to work collaboratively with a variety of departments. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Knowledge of current archival arrangement/description standards, library cataloging standards, and computer standards applied to archival and library collections. Knowledge of and familiarity with digitization best practices as applied to special collections and archives collections. Familiarity with archives software and library systems.


Published: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 19:51 UTC

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