Head of Special Collections and Curator of Historical Manuscripts and Archives -Hattiesburg, MS

The University of Southern Mississippi invites applicants for a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track faculty position as head of Special Collections and Curator of Historical Manuscripts and Archives in the University Libraries to begin in July 2016.

Applications must be complete by May 1, 2016, to ensure full consideration.

Minimum salary is $65,000 annually.

Under the general supervision of the dean of University Libraries, the incumbent has responsibility for the leadership and vision of the University Libraries Special Collections, historical manuscripts and university archives , while holding tenure or tenure-track faculty status and rank.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution. A related advanced degree(s) will be considered.
  • Five years demonstrated supervisory experience over full time and other staff in a special collections operation or department.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of special collections management, archival methodology, preservation techniques, and special collections reference service.
  • Knowledge of records management.
  • Proficiencies in Internet use, standard software applications, relevant emerging technologies, and communication packages.
  • Excellent customer service skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience managing a budget.
  • Familiarity with intellectual property issues such as copyright.
  • Minimum 10 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in special collections and/or archives.
  • Earned second graduate degree in a related discipline.

There are things about this job that may not be evident from the job ad. Hattiesburg is a great place to live. The cost of living is very low. Housing is extremely reasonable, and the commute to work is minimal (I have a 5 minute commute.). The beach is a little over an hour away. New Orleans is an easy hour and a half. There are many nearby airports, so getting in and out is fairly simple.

Special Collections at USM has some really amazing collections. In Historical Manuscripts, the main collecting areas include civil rights in Mississippi, the timber/lumber industries in the area, Civil War, and many others. In addition, we have the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, one of the largest collections of children’s lit in the country. These collecting areas are in addition to the heavily used rare book and Mississippi book collections. We are very fortunate to have a lot of interaction with faculty across campus who collaborate with us on events, instruction, and digital humanities projects.   At the risk of overselling this job, I can’t help but state that the faculty and staff in the department are very capable and tons of fun to work with. For more information on Special Collections, visit our website at http://lib.usm.edu/spcol.

To learn more about the position, please visit jobs.usm.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56022. If you have any questions about the position, please contact Jennifer Brannock at Jennifer.Brannock@usm.edu<mailto:Jennifer.Brannock@usm.edu>.

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