Lead, manage and develop services and collections that document the history of
women, the college and the book. Develop and implement strategic digital
initiatives to make unique resources widely available. Work closely with
faculty and instructional librarians to teach research methods for and provide
hands-on experience with primary sources. Extend and expand Special
Collections resource base through alumni and donor cultivation and external
funding. Collaborate with library leadership and staff to realize the vision
and mission of the Libraries.
Duties and Responsibilities
Leadership & Planning: Actively contribute to library-wide strategic planning,
policy development, assessment and resource management. Demonstrate leadership
in and commitment to the concepts and practices of the learning organization
throughout the libraries.
Develop and sustain a vision for Special Collections that supports the
Libraries' overall mission and vision. Develop strategic plans and
initiatives. Collaborate effectively to strengthen and develop services in
response to user needs, new opportunities, evolving technologies and trends in
academic libraries and higher education.
Management: Lead, guide and support the Sophia Smith Collection/College
Archives staff and services to collect, provide access to, and preserve Smith
archive collections, in all formats, that document the history of women and
women's education at Smith. Work closely with Development to acquire funding
from foundations, individuals and other sources. Through grant writing, grant
development and donor cultivation supplement and extend the archives' ability
to acquire, process and provide access to collections. Develop and implement
strategies for sustainable collection development and growth. Identify and
obtain new collections that build on historical strengths and support evolving
and emerging areas of women's history research. Initiate digital projects with
the best potential to enhance teaching and research.
Achieve operational excellence through effective allocation of resources,
continuing assessment and adoption of best practices. Actively promote
teamwork, collaboration, continuous learning and staff development within the
framework of a learning organization. Foster open, active and participatory
communication within the group, across the Libraries and with partners outside
the Libraries and the College. Supervise staff.
Teaching, Learning & Research: Promote and facilitate the use of archival
collections in the college curriculum. Support and strengthen existing
curricular initiatives and collaborate with faculty to develop new initiatives
that leverage archive holdings. Co-direct the Archives Concentration with a
faculty member and an advisory committee. Participate in instructional
Extend and promote access to the collections using current and emerging
technologies. Develop and implement strategies and programs that increase
digital access to collections for faculty, students and researchers worldwide.
Interpret the archives to students, faculty, administrators, staff, alumnae,
scholars and the public through a wide array of modes of communication ranging
from on-site talks to online exhibits.
Master's degree with a PhD preferred in a field relevant to archives use
and/or management; 5 years of progressively responsible experience in
planning, implementing, and managing archives; substantial supervisory and
leadership experience; demonstrate subject knowledge in women's history; or an
equivalent combination of education and experience.
Skills: Ability to think strategically at both a systems level and a group
level. Ability to apply critical, analytical and innovative thinking to work.
Ability to successfully: manage projects; prioritize work; and identify and
solve problems. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated
ability to work in a collegial and collaborative environment. Demonstrated
continuous learning of new skills, their application and sharing with
colleagues. Familiarity with best practices in special collections and digital
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