Director, Special Collections Research Center (Search Reopened)
George Mason University
The George Mason University Libraries seeks a dynamic,
innovative, service-oriented, and experienced professional to lead its
expanding and innovative Special Collections Research Center. In recent years,
significant investments have been made in the SCRC, including personnel,
technology, and other resources. Currently, personnel consist of: four
professional faculty, three classified staff, one graduate research assistant,
and occasionally grant-funded staff. Significant state-of-the-art growth has
been achieved for the SCRC as part of Fenwick Library's major expansion
(150,000 sq.-ft.), which opened in January, 2016.
George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the
achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and
strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and
culturally inclusive environment.
This position is responsible for the planning and management of the following:
Special Collections; University Archives; University Records Management; Oral
History Program; and coordination of a variety of digitization activities. In
addition, the incumbent will contribute to grants writing projects, and work
with potential donors of collections to the SCRC.
The Special Collections Research Center holds notable collections in the
performing arts; transportation and planning; planned communities; peace and
conflict; U.S. and Virginia government and politics; and other collections in
humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields. Recently acquired collections of
note include the C-SPAN archives, the "Booknotes" collection of Brian Lamb,
the Partners for Livable Communities, the economics Nobel Laureate James M.
Buchanan papers, the Center for Media and Public Affairs archives, and
Congressional Papers of Tom Davis and Frank Wolf. Agreements have been made
for the gifting of two other significant collections (Gilbert and Sullivan,
and Historical Intelligence Collection).
Increasingly the SCRC's collections are being utilized in graduate and
undergraduate courses. The Director of the SCRC will also work closely with
the Libraries' Mason Publishing Group and Advancement staff.
This position reports to the Associate University Librarian for Resources and
Collection Management Services.
ALA-accredited MLS or ALA-recognized foreign equivalent; knowledge of metadata
and intellectual control in the context of special collections and archives;
significant demonstrated experience in special collections or archives in a
university or research library; ability to work with faculty, students,
visiting scholars, university administrators, and current and potential
donors; significant managerial experience, including management of
professional and paraprofessional staff; experience with digital library
development in the context of special collections and archives including
knowledge of EAD, imaging, and Web-based applications; excellent
organizational, communication and interpersonal skills; strong service
orientation; and collegial, team-focused, management orientation.
Advanced degree in an appropriate subject area; preservation management
experience and knowledge of conservation practices; grants writing experience;
and knowledge of the antiquarian book trade and the history of the book.
Appointment and Benefits:
Professional faculty appointment, 12-month. Health plan options and paid life
insurance; several retirement plans including TIAA-CREF; 24 vacation days and
12 paid holidays; and tuition waiver for self.
The George Mason University library system, comprised of a large central
library and four other distinctive libraries, is located on three campuses in
the Northern Virginia-metropolitan Washington, D.C. region. One of Virginia's
leading academic research libraries, the Mason Libraries continues to gain
steadily in national stature as it undergoes extensive transformation in all
areas that are key to a 21st century research library - innovative
technologies and services, expert library faculty and skilled staff members,
growing collections, publishing, modern facilities, and transformational
partnerships. Visit us at library.gmu.edu for more information.
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