ASSOCIATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIAN FOR SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
The Brown University Library is seeking an energetic, creative, and forward-looking leader to steward and expand engagement with the Universityâ™s outstanding special collections of rare books, manuscripts, archives, and other special materials. Reporting to and working in close partnership with the University Librarian, and providing oversight and direction to curatorial and support staff, the AUL for Special Collections will provide exemplary leadership for special collections resources, programs, services, operations, and facilities.
The AUL for Special Collections will develop a compelling and creative vision that strengthens the activities and wider visibility of the historic and recently renovated John Hay Library as a center of scholarship and education. In shaping and implementing a vision for special collections, the AUL must be able to engage successfully with the Universityâ™s faculty and academic leadership, work with undergraduate and graduate students, partner with the University Librarian on grant opportunities and donor-based fundraising, and collaborate with other Library departments to ensure that the goals, practices, and processes relating to special collections are integrated with those of the Brown University Library as a whole. The successful candidate must have the management and supervisory skills necessary to realize an ambitious agenda that demonstrates the relevance of special collections to scholars and students in the 21st century.
The AUL for Special Collections will work with faculty and Library staff to promote the use of Brownâ™s special collections materials in research, teaching, exhibitions, outreach, and public programs across all academic disciplines. Oversight of special collections includes understanding the importance of preservation and conservation of material objects, the current climate of digital records preservation, the use of special collections in teaching, and the array of current tools for developing innovative digital initiatives to enhance delivery of special collections content and services to scholarly and non-scholarly audiences alike. The AUL will actively develop and contribute to initiatives that advance diversity and inclusion as integral to academic excellence through the work of special collections and throughout the Library. In developing and implementing a vision for how the collections are understood and used, the AUL will direct the curatorial staff in evaluating collections strengths, setting acquisition priorities, and establishing effective collection management practices.
The AUL for Special Collections directly supervises six professional staff (four curators, a Reader Services librarian, and the University Archivist) and has general oversight for ten additional staff as well as student assistants. As a member of the Libraryâ™s senior leadership team, the AUL for Special Collections will work collaboratively and collegially to ensure a high degree of integration of services and functions across the Library, participate in the development of Library policies and procedures, advance Library-wide planning and evaluation, and contribute to setting the Libraryâ™s strategic directions. The AUL will also work creatively and collaboratively with other collections-based and public humanities-oriented units at Brown, including the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, the John Carter Brown Library, the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, and the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, and explore partnership opportunities with institutions outside the University. The successful candidate will represent the Brown University Library in relevant local, regional, and national professional organizations.
Provide intellectual and programmatic leadership for the Universityâ™s special collections.
Conceive and promote innovative approaches to the organization, use, and development of the unique, rare, and otherwise special physical and digital materials in Brownâ™s special collections and archives.
Collaborate with the University Librarian and other senior leaders on programs, projects, and plans that contribute to achieving the Libraryâ™s and the Universityâ™s strategic goals for academic excellence, including initiatives that advance diversity, equity, access, and inclusion.
Work with faculty and Library staff to expand the integration of special collections materials in research, teaching, exhibitions, outreach, and public programs across all academic disciplines.
Partner with other Brown academic units to advance special collections projects and priorities.
Pursue opportunities to collaborate with institutions outside the University.
Direct staff, resources, services, programs, operations, and facilities related to special collections and the University Archives.
Lead the curatorial staff in evaluating collections strengths, setting future acquisition priorities, and establishing effective collection management practices.
Foster innovative practices responding to contemporary challenges affecting the management of special collections and archives, including preservation and conservation of material objects, digital records preservation, and use of digital tools and methods to enhance delivery of special collections content and services to scholarly and non-scholarly audiences alike.
Ensure that special collections staff have the skills and training required to meet strategic and operational objectives for special collections.
Contribute to development and implementation of the University Libraryâ™s strategic and operational goals as a member of the senior leadership team.
Serve as a key advisor for the University Librarian and participate in leadership-level committees that set the overall direction and policies for the Library.
Develop effective collaboration with other Library departments to advance programming and services.
Contribute to communications and other activities to promote the University Library.
Work closely with the University Librarian on resource development and stewardship activities.
Collaborate on or develop grant proposals for funding projects that enrich and enhance access to the Libraryâ™s special collections and archives.
Assist the University Librarian with donor cultivation and stewardship, including identification of special collections-related needs that have potential fundraising appeal.
At least five years of progressively responsible experience with management or leadership in a special collections environment, or closely related work.
Masterâ™s degree in library/information science, graduate degree in a relevant field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Commitment to diversity, equity, access, and inclusion.
Superior oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
Candidates please note: All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown
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Associate University Librarian for Special Collections
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