Job Posting - UMKC University Libraries - Head of Special Collections Pennington, Buddy D. 21 Mar 2007 15:23 UTC

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Head of Special Collections
Dynamic urban academic library seeks innovative, knowledgeable, flexible
individual with strong public service orientation and experience with
rare book and manuscript collections for the position of Head of Special
Collections at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) University
Libraries. Position reports to the Assistant Director for Collections
and Scholarly Communications, and manages daily operations of the
Kenneth J. LaBudde Department of Special Collections, which includes the
Marr Sound Archives. In conjunction with the Assistant Director, is
responsible for donor relations and strategic planning for the
department within the context of the University Libraries' strategic
plan. Set priorities for the collections and its preservation,
management and development of staff, and management of digital
initiatives. Serves as a subject liaison for assigned academic
department(s). Successful candidates will have an opportunity to
participate in planning for a new expansion of the library and
integrated learning center.

UMKC is a comprehensive research university exemplifying the values of
education first, innovation, accountability, diversity, and
collaboration. See:  In a large
area of green space and in Kansas City's research/cultural corridor, the
campus is located in the heart of one of America's most affordable and
attractive cities.

Required Qualifications: Must have an ALA-accredited MLS, a graduate
degree in American history, and a minimum 5 years progressively
responsible rare book and manuscript experience and knowledge of digital
formats and standards. Must have evidence of successful supervisory
experience and the ability to manage a department of eight staff. Must
have excellent analytic, problem solving skills; exceptional
interpersonal skills; good oral and writing communication skills; a
strong commitment to public service. Must show evidence of professional
initiative, mature judgment; understanding of scholarly research
environment. Must be able to thrive in a team setting, handle multiple
responsibilities in a dynamic environment, and operate effectively in a
diverse academic community. Potential for professional growth, service
activities in keeping with university and library requirements for
retention, promotion in non-tenure track appointment is also required.

Preferred: Grant-writing experience and donor relations. Experience in
the development of digital libraries.

Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with education and experience
and excellent retirement/benefits package.

Send letter of application, resume, names of three references to: Bonnie
Postlethwaite, Chair of Special Collections Librarian Search Committee,
University Libraries Administrative Office, University of Missouri -
Kansas City, 5100 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110, 816-235-1531 or
submit via e-mail to Application review begins May 11,
2007, and continues until position is filled. See for additional openings.
UMKC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

Buddy Pennington
Serial Acquisitions Librarian
University of Missouri - Kansas City
University Libraries