Director of the Special Collections Research Center at the Earl Greg Swem
The College of William and Mary
Established in 1693, the College of William & Mary continues a long tradition
of excellence by combining the best features of an undergraduate college with
the opportunities offered by a modern research university. Adjacent to
historic Colonial Williamsburg, the College is approximately 150 miles south
of Washington, D.C. and located midway between Richmond and Norfolk, offering
the ideal setting for a liberal arts education.
The Earl Gregg Swem Library seeks a creative and enthusiastic individual to
lead the Special Collections Research Center consisting of six full-time and
two part-time staff members, over twenty undergraduate and graduate students,
and over twenty volunteers. The 25,000 square foot Warren E. Burger wing of
Swem Library opened in 2005 and houses over one million manuscripts,
documenting Virginia and American history, more than 45,000 rare books, a
growing international collection, university archives and the papers of Chief
Justice Warren E. Burger. In addition to serving a wide range of national and
international researchers, Special Collections is an integral part of
undergraduate instructions in a wide range of academic disciplines. The staff
works closely with faculty to ensure primary resources are part of the
students' research experience as demonstrated by the number of students and
classes that utilize the collections each semester.
The Marian & Alan McLeod Director of the Special Collections Research Center
reports to the Dean of University Libraries and is responsible for
administering the department and its budget, and providing leadership and
vision for the staff, including: planning and policy Development, collection
development, and the expansion of digital initiatives. The Director provides
instruction and outreach to students, faculty and the community at large and
works collaboratively with development staff to engage the community and
promote the collections. The ideal candidate will have a broad understanding
of emerging technologies and how they expand access to local collections. As a
member of the Library's senior management team, the Director will be a member
of the Dean's Council, and regularly work with Associate Deans and other
This is a non-tenure track professional faculty position with a competitive
salary that is commensurate with experience. Benefits include 24 days of
annual leave per year in addition to 12 paid holidays.
- Master's degree from an accredited program in library and information studies, information science, or archival studies;
- Seven years progressive experience in a special collections environment;
- Demonstrated success as a manager and leader;
- An understanding of current archival standards and best practices;
- Familiarity with pertinent legal and ethical issues including intellectual property and copyright issues;
- Experience in outreach and community engagement;
- Budget management.
- A second Master's degree in American History, American Studies or other relevant disciplines;
- Experience building special collections through gifts and purchases;
- Success in attracting grants, foundations and private support for library projects;
- Experience leading digital projects using established/and emerging technologies;
- Excellent teaching and presentation skills;
- Experience in fundraising.
To apply for this position, visit [https://jobs.wm.edu/](https://jobs.wm.edu/)
. The Search Committee will begin review of applications on January 15, 2013.
The College of William and Mary conducts background checks on applicants for
William & Mary is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access
employer and actively encourages applications from minorities, women, disabled
persons and veterans.
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