Fondren Library seeks a service-oriented, well-organized, technically savvy, and self-motivated digital archivist. This position will work to update, expand, and maintain the digital preservation program in the library’s special collections department, the Woodson Research Center. This position will report to the head of special collections and collaborate closely with professional archivist staff.
Head of Special Collections
The Fondren Library at Rice University seeks a creative, visionary, and collaborative leader for the position of Head of Special Collections. The Head of Special Collections is responsible for leadership and the overall management and administration of the Woodson Research Center, which includes the Rice University archives, manuscript collections, and rare books. The Head of Special Collections works collaboratively with other library units and administration on digital initiatives, preservation, grants, development efforts, and public engagement, and actively participates on the Fondren Library management team. The position reports to the Vice Provost and University Librarian. The department includes four professional archivists plus temporary staff, volunteers, and student workers.
Provides leadership in a team environment to achieve the goals and vision of the Woodson Research Center. Develops policy and is responsible for long term planning and strategic development of special collections through strengthening of existing collections and growth in new service areas in support of the fundamental goals of the Fondren Library and Rice University. Works collaboratively within the library, across campus and within the academic community to acquire official records and other materials of historical significance and to promote relevance and significance of special collections. Works collaboratively with other library units and administration on digital initiatives, preservation, grants, development efforts, and public engagement. Responsible for projects that combine traditional manuscript, archival and book processing activities with digital initiatives.
ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library Science OR a graduate degree appropriate to working in archives or special collections.
Society of American Archivists certificate program OR Academy of Certified Archivists certification.
Five years of professional experience leading special collections/archival services/operations and demonstrated evidence of progressively increasing scope of supervisory and management responsibility in an academic or research library or similar institution; Experience supervising a team of professionals; Demonstrated experience working with analog and born-digital archival materials; Experience that demonstrates a strong commitment to user-focused design of collections and services; Demonstrated experience with preservation or conservation standards and their challenges for a variety of content types.
Knowledge of current and emerging trends, issues, workflows, and standards and best practices in the worlds of archives and special collections, including digital content acquisition and curation as well as digitization of analog formats.
Demonstrated expertise using archival technology tools (e.g., content management tools, such as ArchivesSpace; web publishing platforms, such as Omeka; and institutional repositories, such as DSpace.
Familiarity with legal, privacy, and ethical issues associated with archiving digital and print content.
Experience in donor relations and growing philanthropic support.
Familiarity with metadata standards that are MARC and non-MARC compatible.
with Geospatial mapping software, such as ArcGIS.
Excellent interpersonal skills; Demonstrated commitment to professional development.
Strong service orientation and interest in anticipating and supporting information users’ values and needs.
Salary & benefits: $90,000 minimum, with hiring salary commensurate with experience and qualifications; no state or local income tax; 21 benefit days; 8 study days; a range of retirement options including TIAA/CREF; health and life insurance; and tuition waiver.
Environment: Rice University provides a stimulating work environment, with opportunities to participate in the delivery of innovative library services supported by leading edge technologies. Fondren Library (http://library.rice.edu/) is a research library with over 2.9 million volumes and over 170,000 serial subscriptions. The Library has a state-of-the-art offsite shelving facility and completed a major building renovation project in 2006. An active program of digital resource development and delivery is underway.
Houston is a vibrant, multicultural city, with world-class visual and performing arts ranging from the traditional to the avant-garde. The fourth largest city in the country, Houston enjoys a moderate cost of living and easy proximity to the Gulf Coast.
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Applications received by September 30, 2019 will receive first consideration. Please apply with cover letter, resume, and the names, titles, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references at: https://jobs.rice.edu/postings/20870. Inquiries: Melinda Reagor Flannery, Assistant University Librarian/Search Coordinator at (713) 348-3773 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Rice University is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer.
Public Service and Instruction Librarian
Established in 1900, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is the largest cultural institution in the southwest and ranks nationally among the top 10 art museums in exhibition space, memberships, endowments, and attendance. The Museum is a multifaceted institution comprising two gallery buildings, a sculpture garden, two art schools, and two house museums for decorative arts. Resources that can be found throughout the institution include a repertory cinema, two significant research libraries, public archives, two digital archive initiatives, and a conservation and storage facility. The encyclopedic collection numbers nearly 70,000 works of art.
The Hirsch Library is the largest library dedicated to the visual arts in the south central United States. Since the late 1920s, the Library has maintained a strong commitment to serving the Houston arts community, opening its doors to more than 5,000 patrons annually. Our collection of more than 175,000 volumes reflects the encyclopedic nature of the Museum’s holdings with particular strength in the areas of Modern and contemporary art, photography, decorative arts and design, European painting, prints and drawings, Latin American art, and American art.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Hirsch Library seeks a creative, committed, and passionate information professional to oversee our reference, research, instruction, and interlibrary loan initiatives.
This position reports to the Chief of the Library and Archives.
The primary role of the Public Service and Instruction Librarian is to oversee the reference and research services to Museum staff and external researchers. This individual is also responsible for directing the Library’s instruction program. Additionally, this position manages the Library’s interlibrary lending service, liaising with libraries and scholars to provide access to the Hirsch Library’s extensive collection of resources. The role requires a strong commitment to public service coupled with a vision for using emerging technologies, as well as a high degree of knowledge pertaining to print and electronic resources in art history and the humanities.
- In conjunction with the Chief of the Library and Archives, determines and executes public service policies and priorities; develops strategies for the provision of services
- Oversees the Library’s interlibrary lending service and trains staff members on interlibrary services procedures
- Supervises the Library Assistant for Reference position
- Trains and schedules the information services staff
- Develops classes, workshops, and training materials for Museum staff, docents, and volunteers on library research methods
- Collaborates with staff in the Learning & Interpretation department to ensure that all docents receive regular library instruction
- Trains fellow team members on class content creation, instruction, and public speaking
- Provides reference service at the information services desk on a regularly scheduled basis
- Provides research services to museum staff on demand outside of regularly scheduled periods
- Reports regularly to the Library Committee at committee meetings
- Assists with other projects as necessary
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
- Broad knowledge of scholarly resources in art history and the humanities including print and online reference resources
- Excellent communication skills and the ability to provide high quality reference services and to make presentations to a broad range of researchers from novice to advanced
- Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish positive and productive collaborations with library colleagues and Museum staff required
- Ability to plan, manage and oversee multiple projects, meet deadlines and prioritize work in alignment with the strategic goals of the library required
- Ability to adapt to changing organizational priorities and to ever-changing technological environments required
- Strong sense of the future directions of research libraries and able to articulate this in meaningful ways to colleagues, Museum staff, and outside researchers
- Knowledge of current trends and best practices in research/reference services required
- Knowledge of digital projects in art history and the humanities and their relevance for the library researchers
- Familiarity with new and emerging models of scholarly communication preferred
- Knowledge of one foreign language: Spanish, French, German, or Italian preferred
- Ability to carry heavy books and climb ladders
Education and Experience
- ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information sciences required; M.A. in Art History or significant experience working in the humanities preferred
- Minimum of three years of instruction and reference experience in research or academic library required
- Experience or capacity for developing creative and entrepreneurial approaches to promoting and delivering reference, instruction and outreach services
- Some supervisory experience preferred
- Experience working with interlibrary loan software; WorldShare Interlibrary Loan service preferred
- Experience working with an integrated library system; WorldShare Management Services preferred
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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment without regard to race, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
The Project Archivist assists in all aspects of managing the The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Archives and overseeing the materials pertinent to the history of the MFAH and our collections.
This individual will work directly with the Managing Archivist to coordinate the accessioning, arrangement, description and preservation of the permanent records of the MFAH in all formats. This individual will assist in providing access to archival collections of individuals or institutions closely associated with the MFAH. Additionally, the Project Archivist will be involved in implementing and maintaining the software and systems needed to meet the needs of housing digital materials in the Archives.
The Project Archivist will keep abreast of developments in the archival and standards communities, take a leadership role on special projects and initiatives, and serve as steward and ambassador for the Archives within the MFAH and professional community
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