Agnes Scott College
  • Library
  • Decatur, GA, USA
  • Full Time

Office: Library

Reports to: Director of Library Services

Work Period: 12 month

Hours: Full-Time

Overtime: Exempt

Job Grade: 8

GENERAL SUMMARY:

Strengthens the visibility, accessibility, diversity, and impact of the unique resources, and provides vision and leadership in managing the instruction, outreach, programs, and operations of the college Archives and Special Collections. Participates in assigned reference and circulation desk service hours within the guidelines of federal, state and local laws and office, division and college policies and procedures. Reports to the director of library service and works with faculty, students, staff, alumnae, donors and off-campus constituencies.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  1. Promotes the use of the collections through classroom instruction, physical or digital presentations, publications, and social media, and improves accessibility using innovative strategies to support the integration of special collections and archival material into the Agnes Scott College curriculum, especially with History and Women's Studies classes.
  2. Collaborates with faculty to promote student engagement with special collections, to teach the use of primary source materials, and to support digital scholarly communication.
  3. Works with college offices, departments, and student organizations to identify, evaluate, and preserve important legal and administrative documents, materials, and information relevant to the history of the college.
  4. Performs research for college offices and departments and assists outside researchers as necessary.
  5. Prepares, mounts, and documents exhibitions.
  6. Establishes policies and procedures; assures security for confidential or restricted documents; sets goals and identifies priorities; and oversees the development, organization, description, preservation, and access for the collections housed in the McCain Library Archives and Special Collections unit.
  7. Maintains skills and knowledge of standards, technology, and best practices in preservation, curation, archival processing, and special collections management.
  8. 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.
  9. Fosters the creation of digital content and opportunities for expanding digital services within the college environment.
  10. Nurtures institutional and donor relationships to develop collections and acquire suitable materials.
  11. Supervises students by facilitating experiential learning opportunities such as internships and undergraduate or graduate research using primary materials.
  12. Conducts ongoing assessment using a variety of strategies to determine the effectiveness of services.
  13. Manages the Betty Pope Scott Noble '44 Noble Heritage Center (a small museum space devoted to College history) and manages endowed funds that support that center, to be used for digitization projects, new software, professional development, exhibit support, etc.
  14. Identifies, writes, and participates in grant proposals when appropriate for McCain Library Archives and Special Collections and the Heritage Center.
  15. Participates in regular service hours at the main library research help and circulation desks and assist the campus community with their research needs (in-person, chat, phone, and email). Includes participation in evening and/or rotating weekend reference schedule and library events.

REQUIREMENTS

Education: ALA-accredited master's degree in Library and Information Science or Archival Studies OR equivalent education and experience; MLS preferred.
Experience: Minimum of 2 years of archives experience, preferably including academic library experience and/or campus records management.
Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal and collaborative skills.
  • Enthusiasm for and experience with classroom instruction and supervising students.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with discretion.
  • Excellent knowledge of archival theory and methodology and records management practice.
  • Capacity to thrive independently and in a team environment in a small library with high potential and demand for archival collections, with ability to respond effectively to changing needs and technologies.
  • Evidence of well-developed organizational, time, and project management skills.
  • Familiarity with LibGuides, MS Office Suite, Gmail and linked apps, and Adobe Photoshop.  Working knowledge of an archival management system and technologies applicable for the special collections such as ArchivesSpace or Archive-It. Understanding of EAD, XML, national standards and archival ethics, integrated library systems, information databases, archival digitizing equipment and techniques, and web editing software.
  • Experience organizing and mounting exhibits.
  • Ability to move and/or lift up to 40 lbs with or without accommodation.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion and to serving the needs of a diverse and inclusive community.  

Preferred:

  • Experience with content management systems (e.g. Omeka, WordPress, etc.) or with archival collection management systems (e.g. ArchivesSpace, CONTENTdm, etc.).
  • Knowledge of descriptive, metadata, and encoding standards such as DACS, EAD, Dublin Core, etc.
  • Familiarity with institutional repositories. Working knowledge of campus records management.
  • Successful grant writing experience.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Intermittent sitting, standing, stooping, crouching, walking, and occasional moving of light and heavy objects. Work is performed in a library.


DISCLAIMER
The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to this job.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.


APPLICATION PROCESS
Please apply online. Cover letter is required. Position is posted until filled. Due to the overwhelming response to the college's staff openings we are unable to respond personally to individual telephone inquiries. No faxed submissions please.


EEO
Agnes Scott College does not discriminate on the basis of, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability or genetic information, gender identity and gender expression or any other characteristic protected by law in its employment. Agnes Scott College has a strong commitment to diversity and urges members of underrepresented groups to apply.

 

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