Head of Special Collections & Archives
Berea College announces a search for the next leader of Special Collections & Archives. The successful Head of Special Collections & Archives is an imaginative leader who articulates a teaching, learning, and research focus for the collections; develops systems and services to facilitate access, research, and education programs; cultivates new collections and donor relationships; and oversees operations. The Head plans and implements technology related to the management and access of the collections in all formats. Reporting to the Director of Library Services, this position supervises two permanent staff members plus additional grant-funded personnel.
The Special Collections & Archives Department of Hutchins Library plays an important role in support of Berea College’s mission and programs. The Department’s rare books, archives, manuscripts, sound, and visual media collections assist the College in providing an exceptionally strong liberal arts education. The Department supports the Sound Archives Fellowships, the Sound Preservation program, and works closely with the Berea Digital project. With 700 Reading Room visits plus 600 additional research request per year, the Special Collections & Archives has nationally recognized collections to support research about the Southern Appalachian region and the unique history of Berea College.
The successful candidate must have a Master of Information Science, or M.A. in a related field from an accredited program plus appropriate rare-book and archives coursework. In addition, five years of professional experience in archives or related fields; demonstrated success in a supervisory role; experience working in educational/academic settings; experience working with researchers; and demonstrated success in identifying, writing, and managing grants is required. The successful candidate must also have demonstrated knowledge of current archives-related technology, instructional design, and social media application; be familiar with archival cataloging and records management practices; have excellent interpersonal, communication, organization, and analytic skills; have the ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively with a diverse clientele of students, faculty, and library colleagues; and have the ability to work independently and or in a team-based environment.
Applicants should submit a letter of application addressing qualifications and interest in the position, resume, and contact information for three references to: Anne Chase (email@example.com), Director of Library Services, Berea College, CPO Library, Berea, KY 40404. Review of applications will begin August 19, 2013, and continue until the position is filled.
Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 40 states and 60 countries. The College has a longstanding commitment to interracial education; here, people of different races seek to learn from and about each other, while also living together. Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. The college admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a four-year tuition scholarship. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. The College is one of seven federally recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a labor position in which they work 10-12 hours per week. Graduates distinguish themselves in a variety of fields, including social service, government, ministry, the arts, business, education, medicine, and science, and many go on to earn graduate degrees.
Located where the Bluegrass Region meets the Cumberland Mountains, the town of Berea (pop. 14,000) lies forty miles south of Lexington and is approximately two hours from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Knoxville. More information about Berea College is available at www.berea.edu.
Berea College, in light of its mission in the tradition of impartial love and social equality, welcomes all people of the earth to learn and work here.