Monday, April 30, 2012

University of Connecticut Libraries, Curator of Human Rights Collections

Position Announcement Title: University Librarian II (UCP 7) or University Librarian III (UCP 9) Department: Library Dodd Center Search #: 2012498 Campus/Location: Storrs Campus Position Summary Working in a team environment, the Curator of Human Rights performs curatorial work in support of Archives & Special Collections programs in the collecting area of Human Rights. Following established departmental procedures the curator acquires and processes archival collections and works closely with donors and potential donors. S/he works in close cooperation with other Curators, the Team Leader and subject Librarians to plan and establish area goals and to ensure that established collection and public service goals are met. The curator serves as primary contact to the Human Rights Institute. The curator provides in-person and written reference services and responds to requests to use human rights collections and materials, including determining access and intellectual property rights relating to access. Evening and/or weekend hours are occasionally required. Duties and Responsibilities 1. Collection Development - Performs curatorial duties for the Human Rights collections in all formats. - Serves as the primary contact with current and potential collection donors. - Prepares reformatted and born-digital material for ingest into the digital repository, including metadata and file format normalization. - Creates and maintains metadata and finding aids for the collections within his/her curatorial areas in accordance with area and professional best practices. - Develops and/or furthers knowledge of electronic resources, reference and specialized sources in the Human Rights. - - Assists in selecting human rights materials for library collections in collaboration with the appropriate subject Librarians. 2. Reference Service - Provides assistance to researchers using collections on site, electronically and by mail to ensure proper and appropriate use of unique materials. - Develops and maintains reference materials online to support research and teaching needs. - Provides general reference services at the Reading Room reference desk as assigned. 3. Instructional Service - When requested, develops and presents instructional programs for University faculty and students on the significance and use of collections in the curatorial area. - Develops instructional seminars, guides, bibliographies, brochures, handouts and online materials that teach the use of archival and library resources that support collections in the curatorial area. 4. Academic Liaison - Maintains regular contact with faculty as appropriate; attends and participates in Human Rights Institute meetings and public programs where appropriate. - Assists in selecting human rights materials for library collections in collaboration with the appropriate subject Librarians. 5. Team Development - Attends and participates in area and team meetings. - Works closely with other members of the Archives & Special Collections team to plan for the area's functional operations, to ensure that team goals and objectives are met, and to achieve an efficient and collegial team environment. - Responsible for establishment and expenditure of endowment funds as appropriate and related to her/his curatorial areas. 6. Professional Service and Professional Development - Participates in ASC and Library programs. - Contributes to the life of the University. - Participates in appropriate professional activities. - Represents the University in appropriate professional associations, consortia and projects. 7. Other duties as assigned. Qualifications Minimum Qualifications: 1. A graduate degree in Library or Information Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association. 2. Understanding of issues and challenges relating to human rights documentation. 3. Three years experience in an academic library, archives, or related institution. 4. Two years experience working with digital content in a repository or archival setting. 5. Ability to work independently, identifying problems, implementing revisions and changes to policies and creating and implementing new policies. 6. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 7. Demonstrated ability to work in a team-based environment. Additional Qualifications for Appointment as Librarian III: 1. Six years experience in an academic library, archives, or related institution. 2. Three years experience working with digital content in a repository or archival setting. Preferred Qualifications: 1. Experience with digital content management and digital curation. 2. Demonstrated work or field experience in human rights documentation. 3. 3-6 years experience in an academic research library or archives. 4. Experience working with archiving web and/or social media resources. 5. 1-3 years of archival experience, including for example reference, arrangement and description, or digital curation. 6. Experience with Archivists Toolkit or similar collections management application. 7. Undergraduate or graduate degree in human rights or related field. 8. Significant contributions to the archival or library profession including professional committee membership or publications. Appointment Terms This is a full-time, permanent position. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes a full benefits package. To Apply Please submit a cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position, a current resume, and names and contact information for three references via Husky Hire. This job posting is scheduled to close on 5/25/2012. The University of Connecticut is an EEO/AA employer.

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