The University of Georgia is seeking candidates for the position of Head of the Arrangement and Description Unit for the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies. This position is responsible to the Director of the Russell Library for a growing collection of over 18,000 linear feet of manuscript and archival material and makes a significant contribution to meeting Russell Library’s goals and standards. The Head of Arrangement and Description’s duties are divided as follows: 50% collection management, 15% Georgia Disability History Alliance collaboration and collection curation,15% donor relations, acquiring collections, and records management with organizations, 10% supervising Arrangement and Description Unit staff, 5% collaborating with Russell’s Oral History and Media Unit and Access and Outreach Unit, as well as other Libraries’ departments, and 5% participating on committees and in Russell planning, decision-making, and implementation of departmental goals and standards. Additionally, this position participates in reading room and reference service to patrons and works closely with the Head of the Access and Outreach Unit and the Head of the Oral History and Media Unit on special and ongoing projects. This position is a member of the University of Georgia Libraries' non-tenure track faculty.
The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies is a department within the University of Georgia Libraries that reports to the University Librarian and serves as a center for research and study of the modern American political system, with particular emphasis on the role of Georgia and that of the U. S. Congress. The Russell Library seeks to document fully the dynamic relationship of politics, policy, and culture—where public interest intersects with the three branches of government at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels—through the papers, archival records, and material culture of individuals and organizations. The Russell Library is also dedicated to developing and presenting public programming and educational materials that facilitate and encourage research, raise public awareness of the Library and its collections and services, and provide learning opportunities for the communities it serves. The Russell Library pursues alliances and opportunities for collaboration with individuals and organizations that advance its mission. The Russell Library is a founding member of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress and is a primary partner and official repository for Center for Social Justice, Human and Civil Rights and the Foot Soldier Project for Civil Rights Studies, a collaborative project dedicated to documenting and chronicling the experiences and perspectives of lesser known participants in the civil rights movement in Georgia.
The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.
ALA-accredited MLIS (or relevant Master's degree with ACA certification expected in 5 years for continued employment); Three to five years’ professional experience (excluding internships) in an archives or special collections arranging and describing large complex modern collections with increasing supervisory responsibility, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; Excellent leadership and organizational skills and demonstrated ability to manage and complete multiple projects and priorities efficiently; Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate with co-workers and other departments in a collegial environment; Excellent research, writing, and communication skills; Demonstrated knowledge of current national and international archives and descriptive standards and best practices and excellent technical skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, applying DACS and EAD, and familiarity with Dublin Core, RDA, AACR2, LCSH, and MARC, and awareness of ACRL RBMS and SAA approved Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy; Working knowledge of intellectual property rights and issues related to born-digital content and digital conversion of archival materials; Working knowledge of Archivists Toolkit, ArchiveSpace, or other archival management systems, and with migrating systems; Knowledge of preservation needs and practices for archival and manuscript collections; Understanding of historical research methodology and experience with online and print research tools; Record of active participation and involvement in professional organizations and scholarly engagement. Ability to lift and carry 40 lb. boxes and tolerance of dust and inactive mold spores; Must have current driver’s license.
Certified Archivist preferred; Background in modern Southern history and/or Southern culture and strong grounding in social sciences or humanities preferred; Ability to drive a cargo van and box truck preferred; Knowledge of processing Congressional papers and organization records preferred; Demonstrated success writing grants preferred; Working knowledge of records management preferred; Reading knowledge of Spanish preferred.
The University of Georgia Libraries include four principal facilities on the UGA campus in Athens, Georgia: the Main Library, the Science Library, the Zell B. Miller Learning Center, and the Special Collections Libraries. The Libraries also has primary responsibility for a number of smaller on-campus libraries, reading rooms and materials centers, and collaborates with several UGA research facilit...ies throughout the state. The UGA Libraries has several special collections: --The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, a leading repository on Georgia history and culture, holding 200,000 volumes in its rare book and Georgiana collections; 40K cubic feet of historical manuscripts, photographs, and university archives; along with maps and broadsides;--The Walter J. Brown Media Archives and the Peabody Awards Collection, which preserves over 200,000 titles in film, video, audiotape, transcription disks, and other recording formats dating from the 1920s to the present; and --The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, which contains 150 collections from politicians, political parties, public policy organizations, federal and state appointees, and political observers and activists from modern Georgia (1900-present).The award-winning Digital Library of Georgia, an initiative of GALILEO, the state's virtual library, is also based at the UGA Libraries. The DLG works together with Georgia’s libraries, archives, museums, and other institutions of cultural heritage to provide access to the cultural and historical resources of the state of Georgia. The University of Georgia (UGA), established by the Georgia General Assembly on January 27, 1785, is America's first state-chartered university and the birthplace of the American system of public higher education. UGA has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 25 public universities in America for last 10 years. The university's main campus in Athens, Georgia, covers 605 acres and includes 313 buildings.