12.0598 job at Penn State

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Thu, 29 Apr 1999 22:59:32 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 12, No. 598.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

Date: Thu, 29 Apr 1999 13:43:04 -0400
From: Kim Fisher <knf@psulias.psu.edu>
Subject: Job Annoucement

Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair for
Special Collections/Rare

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seeks applications and
nominations for Head of Special Collections who will also have
responsibility for heading the Rare Books unit within the department. This
is a chaired faculty position in the University Libraries and a senior
position within the library administration.

The Special Collections Department consists of three units: Rare Books;
University Archives; and Historical Collections and Labor Archives. The
Rare Books collection consists of over 90,000 volumes, with strengths in
English and American literature, art and architectural history, utopian
literature, and German literature in English translation. Literary
manuscript collections include the papers of John O'Hara and Kenneth Burke.
The Historical Collections and Labor Archives includes the archives of the
United Steelworkers of America and the United Mine Workers of America,
Pennsylvania railroad records, and the papers of Pennsylvania political
figures such as governors William W. Scranton and Robert P. Casey.
University Archives includes university records, papers of Penn State
faculty and presidents, and papers of numerous scholarly and professional
associations; a university records management program, an extensive sports
archives, and the Fred Waring archives. Special Collections houses large
collections of photographs, audio-visual materials, and historical maps.
The three units will be consolidated into a shared facility in the new
Paterno Library which will open in early 2000.

Responsibilities: Reporting to the Associate Dean for University Park
Libraries, the position provides leadership for a department of 14
full-time faculty and staff that is committed to quality reference service,
support for graduate and undergraduate education, and open use of
Collections; works closely with university faculty in support of the
university's teaching and research mission; collaborates with the Assistant
Dean for Collections and selectors in related disciplines in collection
development; plays a major role in donor relations and development
activities. As a member of the Dean's Library Council, participates in
strategic planning and policy development.

Qualifications: Requires ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent degree; at least
5 years experience administering a rare books or special collections unit
within a major research institution; demonstrated knowledge of rare books,
rare books marketplace, and archives and manuscripts; and experience
acquiring, organizing, and providing reference service for such
collections. Evidence of scholarship and professional activity, as well as
excellent oral and written communications. Desirable: Experience in
budgeting, development and donor relations, and use of information
technology for special collections; reading proficiency in one or more
European languages; advanced subject degree and experience with grants. A
collaborative leadership style is important.

Appointment and benefits: This is a tenure-track position. Rank and
salary based upon qualifications, with appointment as Librarian (equivalent
to full professor) with tenure anticipated. Excellent fringe benefits
(vacation, insurance, educational privileges); TIAA/CREF or state
retirement options.

PSU Libraries is a member of ARL, OCLC, RLG, CRL, and the Digital Library
Federation. Collections exceed 4 million volumes. A capital campaign is
under way. For more information, see http://www.libraries.psu.edu

To apply, send letter of application, current resume, and names and
addresses of three references to Head, Search Committee for Special
Collections, Box SCR-CHE, Penn State, E510 Paterno Library, University
Park, PA 16802. Review of applications will begin on April 30 and continue
until the position is filled. Penn State is committed to affirmative
action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

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