Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair and Head of Special Collections
Penn State University Libraries
June 27, 2018
University Park, Pennsylvania
Full Time - Experienced
The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seek applications and nominations for the position of Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair and Head of Special Collections. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Collections, Research and Scholarly Communication, this position provides strategic leadership and administration of Special Collections across the Penn State University Libraries. This position will forefront the efforts to increase the diversity of voices in special collections and archives and promote equity and inclusion in description of and access to special collections materials. The Huck Chair and Head of Special Collections is responsible for crafting dynamic partnerships within the University community and academic institutions statewide, to creatively develop rare book and modern manuscript collections in a variety of physical and digital formats. As an endowed faculty position, the Huck Chair manages a versatile discretionary fund in support of Special Collections programs, collection development, travel, and research.
We value diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and are actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. We will enthusiastically grow the University Libraries welcoming multicultural environment together. More information on Penn State’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence, can be found by visiting http://equity.psu.edu/psu-diversity-statement. For additional information about the Libraries’ diversity efforts, please visit https://libraries.psu.edu/about/diversity.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide leadership and strategic direction for Penn State special collections and university archives across the University’s Commonwealth Campuses, including priorities for collection development, management, digitization, reference, and instruction; Promote student engagement with special collections and enrich the link between collections and instruction efforts; Spearhead outreach to Penn State administrative and faculty leadership; Collaborate across the libraries, particularly in integral partnerships, including: Cataloging & Metadata Services; Library Learning Services; Libraries Information Technology; Library Annexes; Preservation, Conservation, & Digitization; and Public Relations & Marketing; Lead operations for the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at University Park including budgeting, personnel management, and space planning; Direct a department of around 20 employees, which includes full-time faculty and staff, part-time employees, graduate students, and interns and lead the archival staff of the Coal and Coke Heritage Center located at Penn State’s Fayette campus; Work with the Dean’s administrative office and the Development Office with responsibility for stewardship of endowments, representing the libraries with donor relations, and actively pursuing opportunities to support Special Collections through grants, foundations, and fundraising; Serve as a member of the Dean’s Library Council, collaborate with other administrators to advance the Libraries’ Strategic Plan, and contribute to library-wide budgeting, planning, and policy development.
Masters of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited program (or equivalent)? experience managing special collections within a major research library or archives? familiarity with contemporary special collections practices and initiatives, including digital strategies? excellent oral and written communications? strong collaborative and empathetic leadership skills? strong dedication to outreach and student engagement? knowledgeable about development and donor relations? understanding of intellectual property and copyright issues pertaining to special collections and records management? strong commitment to diversity, equity, respect and inclusion? proven record of accomplishment in collection development and management? and distinguished scholarship and professional accomplishments in the areas of librarianship, research, and service which meet criteria for tenure. Please visit https://libraries.psu.edu/policies/ul-hrg07 to learn more about the University Libraries Promotion and Tenure Guidelines.
Specialization in Rare Books or Archival Administration in an academic or special library? participation in digital and scholarly communications initiatives? proven experience on the use of information technologies to improve user experience, access, collection management, and/or preservation; strong experience with budgeting and strategic planning? and success in securing and managing grants? additional advanced subject degree(s).
Consisting of over 225,000 volumes, the Penn State Special Collections strengths include: Rare Book collections of English and American literature? art and architectural history? emblem books? the history of photography? works of Joseph Priestley? African-Americana and the African Diaspora? art education? Utopian literature? and German literature in English translation. Literary manuscript collections include: the papers of John O’Hara, Chip Kidd, and Kenneth Burke. Historical collections and labor archives document Pennsylvania social, political, and economic history with special emphasis on labor, business, and the evolution of nineteenth and twentieth century industrial society. Core archival research collections include: the United Steelworkers of America, the United Mine Workers of America, the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, Pennsylvania railroad records, and business ledgers documenting the early iron industry in central Pennsylvania. The papers of Pennsylvania political figures such as Governors William W. Scranton and Robert P. Casey, as well as Civil War era diaries and letter collections are also part of the Library. The official records maintained by the University Archives document the University’s 160+ year history and include University business records (paper and electronic), papers of Penn State presidents, faculty, and alumni, papers of numerous scholarly and professional associations and documentation of student organizations. The Library also includes an extensive sports archives, wide-ranging photograph and audiovisual collections, as well as the archives of choral music pioneer and entrepreneur, Fred Waring. For more information about the Special Collections Library, visit https://libraries.psu.edu/specialcollections.
The Penn State University Libraries are a strategic asset to Penn State, advancing intellectual discovery, information literacy, and lifelong learning, all in support of the University’s strategic goals in teaching, research, service, and outreach. The University Libraries is ranked among the top 10 research libraries in North America, according to the Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, and provides services at University Park and 22 other campus locations throughout Pennsylvania as well as online. We serve more than 6,400 faculty and 46,800 students at University Park, and approximately 97,500 students university-wide. More than 120 faculty librarians in the University Libraries benefit from extensive technological resources and research support services. Penn State is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the Association of American Universities, and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. The University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, Digital Preservation Network, AP Trust, SPARC, CNI, the ACRL Diversity Alliance and a number of other organizations.
The University Park campus is set in the State College metropolitan area, a university town located in central Pennsylvania. State College offers a vibrant community with outstanding recreational facilities, a low crime rate, and excellent public schools. The campus is within a half-day's drive to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, or Pittsburgh. The University Park Airport is served by three major carriers with flights to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago and Detroit. For more information, please visit http://www.libraries.psu.edu and http://www.cbicc.org.
Compensation and Rank:
This is a tenure-track faculty position. Based upon the University and Libraries’ standards in librarianship, research, service and outreach, it is anticipated that the successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Librarian (preferably) or Associate Librarian with tenure, however rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits include liberal vacation, excellent insurance and health care coverage, state or TIAA retirement options, and educational privileges. In addition, faculty in the University Libraries are afforded funds for professional development travel annually. Faculty may be asked to travel as official representatives of the Libraries to certain events and those trips are reimbursed at full cost within limits established by the University.
Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted online. To apply, please visit: https://libraries.psu.edu/huckchair. Interested candidates should upload a letter of application, resume or C.V., and the names and contact information of three professional references (including email addresses). Review of applications will begin July 30, 2018 and continue until position is filled. Questions may be addressed to Lindsey Harter, Faculty Search Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.
Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups.
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Internal Number: HUCK/80055
About Penn State University Libraries
Penn State, a land-grant institution is a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) academic consortium. Based on current Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, The Pennsylvania State University Libraries are ranked among the top ten research libraries in North America. The University Libraries are located at University Park and 22 other locations throughout Pennsylvania, and they serve approximately 6,300 faculty and 46,000 students at University Park, and more than 95,000 students system-wide. Collections exceed 6.5 million volumes, including more than 68,000 current serial subscriptions. Penn State Hershey, located approximately 100 miles from University Park, is the medical campus of Penn State University.