Special Collections Librarian, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona University Library

Special Collections Librarian

University Library

The California State Polytechnic University, Pomona University Library is seeking a flexible, energetic, and technologically knowledgeable librarian to provide leadership for the Special Collections and University Archives Unit of the University Library.

The successful candidate will join a team committed to collaboration and public service. The Special Collections and Digital Curation Librarian will be responsible for expanding, preserving, and disseminating collections from the Cal Poly Pomona Special Collections and University Archives, including collections such as the Cal Poly Rose Float Collection, the Virginia Hamilton Adair Collection, the Robert Lawrence Balzer Collection, and the Wine and Wine Industry Collection, among others. The ideal candidate will have a passion for preserving items of historic value to the University and a balanced view of managing physical and digital collections.  The Special Collections and Digital Curation Librarian will also participate in reference, instruction, and collection management services. This person reports to the Head of Public Services.

The Position

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to meeting the information needs of the University community; a strong customer service orientation; an ability and desire to interact effectively with students, faculty, and staff from diverse cultural backgrounds; an ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines; and a willingness to take initiative in devising innovative and creative solutions. The successful candidate will be able to work effectively with students, faculty, staff, and administrators in an academic environment.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership in the management of the Special Collections and University Archives unit as well as the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library.
  • Develop a strategic and systematic approach to acquiring and maintaining items of historical significance to the University.
  • Build and maintain donor relations by acting as the public facing representative of collections.
  • The expansion of the Special Collections and University Archives web presence in coordination with the library Digital Services & Technology and the campus IT departments.
  • Creation of in-house and online exhibits as well as organizing and promoting events.
  • Identify, write, and participate in grant proposals and projects.
  • Collaborate with the library Digital Services & Technology to identify, plan, and execute strategies for digitizing and accessing materials online.
  • Build and manage an internship program to process and provide access to the Archives.
  • Serve as a point of contact and negotiator for Special Collections licensing inquiries from the campus and broader community.
  • Participate in reference, collection development, and liaison activities with assigned departments.
  • Mentor, encourage, advise, and collaborate with colleagues.

Rank: Senior Assistant/Associate Librarian (tenure-track)

Starting Salary range: Salary range of $58,044 – $73,092. Salary and rank are dependent on qualifications and experience. This is a 12-month full-time position.

Minimum Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited graduate degree in Library/Information Science or equivalent degree.
  • Demonstrated experience working with digital archives, digital repositories, and/or Special Collections.
  • Customer service orientation and enthusiasm for public service.
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills and the ability to interact effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a culturally diverse and rapidly evolving environment.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team player in a dynamic environment on a variety of projects simultaneously.
  • Ability and desire to promote library services and collections.
  • Ability to meet expectations for professional growth consistent with standards for re-appointment, promotion, and tenure.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications

  • Grant-writing experience.
  • Knowledge of current practices and trends in the preservation and conservation of physical materials for both general and special collections.
  • Working knowledge or hands-on experience with digital repository software (i.e., DSpace, Digital Commons, ContentPro, CollectiveAccess, etc.).
  • Knowledge of descriptive and encoding standards such as EAD, MODS, METS, XML/XSL or other metadata standards.
  • Working knowledge of intellectual property and copyright issues related to digital repositories, archives, and special collections.
  • Familiarity with preservation theory and current research and practices regarding risks to digital collections, such as technological changes, natural disasters, interoperability of software, and security issues.
  • Familiarity with content management systems used to author websites.
  • PR or marketing experience.
  • Supervisory or project management experience.
  • Archival management software experience (e.g., Archon, Archivists’ Toolkit, ArchivesSpace).
  • Reference experience in an academic, public, or corporate library.
  • Teaching experience in an academic environment.
  • Collection development experience.

Application Procedure

HOW TO APPLY:  

Letters of inquiry or requests for application materials should be directed as follows.

E-Mail: libofc@cpp.edu

US Mail:

Chair, Special Collections Librarian Search Committee

c/o University Library Office

Cal Poly Pomona

3801 West Temple Avenue

Pomona, CA  91768

Phone: (909) 869-3968

FAX: (909) 869-6922

The application form is also available at http://www.cpp.edu/~faculty-affairs/open-positions/index.shtml

A completed application form is required of all persons wishing to be considered for this position.  Send completed application form, resume, names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references, and a letter of application addressing qualifications.  Materials submitted by the candidate will be available for examination by all tenured and probationary librarians.

INTERVIEWS:   An on-campus interview and presentation is required for finalists as well as official transcripts of all degrees earned.

CLOSING DATE:  This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to applications postmarked by April 10, 2015. Early response is encouraged.

About the University

Cal Poly Pomona, one of two polytechnic universities in California, is a member of the 23-campus California State University system. Our ethnically diverse student population of approximately 22,000 enrolls in 52 baccalaureate, 26 master’s degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership, presented by 1,200 faculty. We recruit students increasingly from throughout California and beyond. The students are success and career focused and extremely diverse. We are proud of our status as a Hispanic Serving Institution. We have a strong commitment to supporting scholarship, research, and student achievement. Our scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W. K. Kellogg, is located about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in one of the most dynamic economic and cultural, regions in the country, and within an hour’s drive of beaches, mountains, and desert. The university is committed to diversifying its faculty and staff and has made educational equity one of its highest priorities. The mission of the university is to advance learning and knowledge by linking theory and practice in all disciplines, and to prepare students for lifelong learning, leadership, and careers in a changing, multicultural world.

About the College

The University Library has a strong commitment to the use of emerging information technologies.  Services for users and more information about the Library can be found at: www.cpp.edu/library

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The University seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status. Cal Poly Pomona hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university’s annual security report is available at http://www.cpp.edu/~police/annual-security-report.shtml. The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment: http://www.calstate.edu/eo/EO-1083.html

 

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