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Job Title: Director of Distinctive Collections and Preservation Services
Location: Normal, IL United States
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/18/2018
Expire Date: 11/18/2018
Job Categories: Collegiate Faculty, Staff, Administration
Job Description
Director of Distinctive Collections and Preservation Services
Illinois State University's Milner Library seeks an innovative, forward-thinking, and collaborative librarian with expertise in preservation for a 12-month, tenure-track faculty position. The Director will be responsible for providing vision and leadership for four mutually supportive units: Special Collections, the Jo Ann Rayfield University Archives, the Center for Preservation and Conservation, and Digital Collections. Appointment will be at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank.

In addition to the Director, the units are comprised of two tenured or tenure-track faculty, two administrative professional staff, and seven classified staff. Special Collections’ strengths include children’s literature and historical textbooks, circus and allied arts, the Lincoln collection of Harold K. Sage, and rare and fine books. The Jo Ann Rayfield University Archives curates more than 10,000 linear feet of institutional memory, with a special collecting focus in the Herbartian method of teaching. Digital Collections is responsible for digitization of library resources and the creation of online exhibits. The Center for Preservation and Conservation supports the library’s special and archival collections, as well as the library’s circulating collections.

This position works in partnership with and reports to the Associate Dean for Information Assets. The position interacts with the Library's administrative office, all library units, donors and friends, classroom faculty, and vendors. Milner Library faculty have responsibilities in the areas of librarianship, scholarly and creative activities, and service as outlined in Illinois State University Faculty Appointment, Salary, Promotion and Tenure Policies ( and Milner Library's Department and College Faculty Status Committees' Criteria for Evaluation, Promotion, and Tenure.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Develops ongoing vision for and provides strategic leadership to the units, with the objectives of increasing use and profile of primary sources, including significantly enhanced digital access and user engagement.
• Stays abreast of new technologies, competencies, and best practices in order to provide leadership for the unit’s activities.
• Directly oversees two faculty members (Head of Special Collections and University Archivist), two administrative professional staff (Conservator and Digital Production Services Manager) and one classified staff (Binding and Processing Coordinator).
• Enhances and increases instruction, classroom integration, and research support using primary sources from special collections and archives.
• Designs and implements preservation initiatives, policies and procedures for the care; handling; and storage of collections, and manages environmental monitoring and disaster preparedness programming.
• Develops assessment methodologies and coordinates assessment and evaluations plans, particularly related to preservation and conservation of collections.
• Selects, works with, and evaluates library vendors related to preservation, conservation, and digitization activities.
• Works closely with the Head of Collection Development, the Head of Cataloging and Acquisitions, the Director of Library Information Technology Services (LITS), the Library’s Business Manager, the Public Services librarians and staff, and the University’s advancement and alumni affairs staff.
• Contributes to Milner Library’s planning of future digital scholarship and digital humanities programs and to scholarly communication initiatives.
• Conducts original research appropriate to continued appointment as a faculty member

Position Available: July 1, 2019

For full consideration, please complete an online faculty application and attach the following documents at to posting number 0711151:
• Cover letter addressing required qualifications
• Curriculum vitae
• Names and email addresses of three references ~ (listed as "Reference List”)

Review of applications will begin on November 12, 2018 and continue until position is filled.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Qualifications & Requirements
• Master's degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program or ALA-recognized foreign equivalent.
• A second master’s degree, certificate of advanced studies, or a doctorate in library/information science or a subject discipline by date of appointment.
• Minimum of 3-years supervisory experience with demonstrated ability to lead, develop, and mentor personnel.
• Demonstrated ability and experience in planning and overseeing complex projects, meeting deadlines, and prioritizing work in alignment with the goals of the unit, library, and university.
• Experience in either special collections or archives with a strong preference for experience in both areas.
• Knowledge and experience in most aspects of library preservation practices, technologies, and methodologies, including digital preservation.
• Familiarity with trends in library technology related to digitization.
• Evidence of strong commitment to customer service.
• Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
• Potential to meet university requirements for tenure, including scholarly or creative activities and service.
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Contact Information
Contact Name:Courtney Greenlee
Phone Number:309 438 7292
Company Description:
Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. Illinois State is a co-educational, residential university that emphasizes undergraduate study with almost 21,000 students. Our 34 academic departments in six colleges offer 77 undergraduate programs in more than 160 fields of study. Illinois State works as a diverse community of scholars, educators, and staff to support our commitment to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities. We promote the highest academic standards in our teaching, scholarship, public service, and the connections we build among them. We devote all of our resources and energies to creating the most supportive and productive community possible to serve the citizens of Illinois and beyond.
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