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Job Posting: Asst. Director, Archives & Special Collections, WPI
October 18, 2017 at 10:08 am #1161
WPI’s Gordon Library is seeking candidates and nominations for the position of Assistant Director for Archives & Special Collections.
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University Librarian, Gordon Library, WPI
<b><span style=”font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;”><i>Assistant Director for Archives & Special Collections</i></span></b>
<span style=”font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;”>The Assistant Director for Archives & Special Collections provides leadership, mentorship, and vision for programs and services that document, preserve, and share the rich historical legacy of the WPI community and its cultural and intellectual life through the university’s archives and special collections. The Assistant Director has primary responsibility for planning, coordinating, developing, preserving, and promoting WPI’s university and general archives and rare book and manuscript collections, as well as leading instructional and engagement programs that encourage active scholarship and use of archives and unique and rare collections. The Assistant Director develops collaborative partnerships across the library, the university, and external organizations to extend the reach and impact of WPI’s collections, and to address the major challenges and opportunities facing archives and special collections. As a member of the library’s collaborative leadership team, the Assistant Director helps develop library-wide policies, budget, programs, and priorities. This position is a management position that supervises two permanent professional staff positions, as well as temporary personnel, student workers, and interns.</span>
<span style=”font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;”><b><i>About our Archives & Special Collections: </i></b> WPI’s Archives & Special Collections is home to significant research collections that include a world-class collection of works by Charles Dickens; manuscript collections relevant to the history of science, technology, and manufacturing; art and objects including scientific instruments; and extensive archives reflecting WPI’s 150+ year history as a regional and global center of excellence in learning and research, blending scholarship and practice. WPI’s curricular emphasis on project-based learning creates many opportunities for library and archives staff to engage directly with WPI students and faculty in interpreting, digitizing and processing records as well as conducting and contributing original research. Existing digital infrastructure supporting WPI archives and special collections includes Bepress’s Digital Commons and Omeka; the library is partnering this year with campus IT to develop a Fedora-based digital repository infrastructure that will support unique cultural and institutional digital collections; the library will be migrating to Alma + Summon in summer 2018, and anticipates implementing ArchivesSpace in 2018. A completely renovated, environmentally controlled Archives and Special Collections space was completed in 2016, and includes a public reading room, on-site storage, and formal gallery space. </span>
<b><i><span style=”font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;”>About the Gordon Library: </span></i></b>
<span style=”font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;”>Celebrating its 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary in 2017, the George C. Gordon Library is a distinctive and beloved center of the WPI community and academic life, and has a long and distinguished history of exemplary library service. The library is undergoing a period of exciting renewal in its physical and digital infrastructure. With a staff of 21 and more than 40 student employees serving nearly 5000 students, the library is an active hub for the university community, with over 500K visits per year, an on-site café, on-site IT services, and lively cultural and community engagement programs. Gordon Library is a member of LYRASIS, NISO, SPARC, EAST, NDLTD, and other regional research and academic consortia. For more information, see: https://www.wpi.edu/library/ </span>
<span style=”font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;”><b><i>About WPI:</i></b><b></b></span>
<span style=”font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;”>Founded in 1865, WPI undertook a bold experiment in 1970, establishing the WPI Plan – https://www.wpi.edu/wpi-plan – a flexible, rigorous program that is project-based and globally engaged, aimed at quality experience and a positive impact for the communities it partners with. Today, WPI faculty members – recently ranked top in the nation for quality and accessibility,<span class=”apple-converted-space”> </span>as reported by the Wall Street Journal</span><span style=”font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;”> – work with students on interdisciplinary research seeking solutions to important and socially relevant problems, both on campus and at more than 40 project centers throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Europe. WPI’s graduate research programs include robotics, materials science, cybersecurity, and learning sciences and technology. WPI invests in research in critical areas, seeking solutions to important and socially relevant problems in such diverse fields as fire protection engineering, life sciences and bioengineering, energy and data science.</span>
<span style=”font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;”><i>For more information about WPI’s Special Collections and Archives, please see: https://www.wpi.edu/library/archives-special-collections </i>
<span style=”font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;”><i>For a complete job description and to apply, please see: </i>https://careers.wpi.edu/postings/5112</span>
<i><span style=”font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;”>For full consideration, please apply by November 17. </span></i>
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