Under the direction of the Library Director and working in close collaboration with the User Services and Library Technology Divisions, the Special Collections Librarian/Archivist provides vision and leadership in managing the programs and operations of the Ort Library’s Dr. David M. Gillespie Special Collections and J. Glenn Beall Archives Department of Frostburg State University. Responsible for establishing policies and procedures, setting goals and long term planning, identifying priorities, and overseeing the development, organization, description, preservation, and access for the collections housed by the department. Maintains skills and knowledge of standards, technology, and best practices in preservation, curation, archival processing, and special collections management. Assures appropriate handling, physical storage, and accurate documentation of materials in all formats; and serves as the primary contact for research inquiries pertaining to the content of the collections. The person in this position also supports the creation of digital content and opportunities for expanding digital services within the University environment. Participates in the planning, maintenance, accessibility, sustainability and promotion of digital preservation initiatives and born-digital projects of locally produced content, including graduate theses and faculty publications. Fosters institutional and donor relationships to develop collections and acquire suitable materials. Promotes the use of the collections through various venues, such as classroom instruction, physical or digital presentations, publications, social media, and improving accessibility using innovative strategies. Is responsible for preparing, mounting, and documenting exhibitions in multiple formats both on and off campus. Collaborates with faculty to promote student engagement with special collections, to teach the use of primary source materials, and support digital scholarly communication. The special collections librarian/archivist may directly supervise students by facilitating experiential learning opportunities such as internships and undergraduate or graduate research using primary materials. Conducts ongoing assessment using a variety of strategies to determine the effectiveness of services and quality of collections. Identifies, writes, and participates in grant proposals and fund raising projects. Will be assigned regular hours at the reference desk and will assist the University and local community with their research needs (in-person, phone, and e-mail). Includes participation in evening and/or rotating weekend reference schedule and library events.
The person in this position represents the library on relevant university or University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions’ (USMAI) Consortium of Libraries’ committees. All library faculty serve as liaisons to assigned academic departments and participate in collection development activities. They contribute to the development of the library’s web pages as well as assigned subject guides. FSU’s library faculty are expected to remain current in the profession through active membership in professional organizations, to participate in professional development and service activities, and must demonstrate the potential for promotion in rank and obtaining permanent status.
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