[IUG] Position Announcement--UMKC University Libraries--Head of Special Collections--Revised Posting and Extended Review Date
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- Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2007 08:36:25 -0500
- From: "Fox, Linda J." <FoxLJ at umkc dot edu>
- Subject: [IUG] Position Announcement--UMKC University Libraries--Head of Special Collections--Revised Posting and Extended Review Date
Head of Special Collections - UMKC University Libraries - Revised
Posting and Extended Review Date to October 12, 2007
Dynamic urban academic library seeks innovative and knowledgeable leader
with strong public service orientation and experience with rare book,
manuscript archival materials, and sound recording collections for the
position of Head of Special Collections at the University of
Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) University Libraries. Position reports to
the Assistant Director for Public Services and Special Collections and
manages daily operations of the Kenneth J. LaBudde Department of Special
Collections, which includes the Marr Sound Archives. In conjunction
with the Assistant Director, is responsible for donor relations and
strategic planning for the department within the context of the
University Libraries' strategic plan. Set priorities for the
collections and its preservation, management and development of staff,
and management of digital initiatives. Works closely with faculty,
students, scholars and researchers to develop new teaching, learning and
research opportunities using the Special Collections as an integral part
of the overall library resources and services. Participates in
reference and library instruction programs and serves as a subject
liaison for assigned academic department(s). Successful candidate will
have an opportunity to participate in planning for a new expansion of
the library and integrated learning center.
The Special Collections at UMKC houses the Snyder Collection of
Americana, the Suzanne Statland Collection on Holocaust Studies, the
Richard W. Bolling Papers, the Truman Library's Student Research File,
and a number of other smaller collections. The department also offers
marvelous research opportunities in music history, especially American
music history and the history of American jazz. The Marr Sound
Archives, a unit of the Special Collections Department, holds over
290,000 sound recordings in formats that include LPs, 78s, 45s,
cylinders, transcription discs, instantaneous cut discs and open-reel
tapes. The focus of the collection is the American experience as
reflected in recorded sound. More information about the Special
Collections can be found at http://library.umkc.edu/spec-col/index.html.
UMKC is a comprehensive research university exemplifying the values of
education first, innovation, accountability, diversity, and
http://www.umkc.edu/aboutumkc/values.asp In a large area of green
space and in Kansas City's research/cultural corridor, the campus is
located in the heart of one of America's most affordable and attractive
* ALA-accredited MLS.
* Additional graduate degree.
* Rare book, manuscript and archival materials experience, or
an equivalent combination of education and experience.
* Knowledge of digital formats and standards.
* Successful supervisory experience.
* Excellent analytic, problem solving skills.
* Exceptional interpersonal skills.
* Good oral and written communication skills.
* Strong commitment to public service.
* Evidence of professional initiative.
* Evidence of mature judgment.
* Understanding of scholarly research environment.
* Must be able to thrive in a team setting, handle multiple
responsibilities in a dynamic environment, and operate effectively in a
diverse academic community.
* Potential for professional growth, service activities in
keeping with university and library requirements for retention,
promotion in non-tenure track appointment is also required.
* Advanced degree in history and/or one of the humanities.
* Grant-writing experience and donor relations.
* Experience in the development of digital libraries.
Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with education and experience
and excellent retirement/benefits package.
Send letter of application, resume, names of three references to: Bonnie
Postlethwaite, Chair of Special Collections Librarian Search Committee,
University Libraries Administrative Office, University of Missouri -
Kansas City, 5100 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110, 816-235-1531 or
submit via e-mail to umkcula at umkc dot edu dot Application review extended to
October 12, 2007, and continues until position is filled. See
http://library.umkc.edu/People/jobopenings.htm for additional openings.
UMKC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.
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