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Head of Archives and Special Collections
New Mexico State University Library

New Mexico State University Library invites nominations and applications for the position of Department Head for Archives and Special Collections. The department has approximately 12,000 cubic feet of archival materials in all formats and over 50,000 volumes. These collections focus on topics relating to New Mexico, the American Southwest and the Borderlands covering the 19th and 20th centuries.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Reporting to the Associate Dean, the Department Head for Archives and Special Collections has broad general administrative responsibilities for the operation of the department. Specific duties include: manage and develop 4 faculty and 10 FTE staff including students; develop and communicate goals and objectives for the department; identify priorities for collection development and preservation; formulate procedures for acquiring, processing, and preserving collections; promote use of the collections, donor relationships and grant support for the activities of the department; implement digital processes and other technologies for access and preservation of collections; participate in the library's management group, taking a broad library-wide perspective while representing the department's needs; serve on library and campus committees. Works closely with the library dean and development officer in a highly collaborative setting. As a member of the library faculty will pursue an active and ongoing program of professional development, research, and service appropriate for his/her rank at the university.

MLS degree from an ALA-accredited program, or a minimum of a master's degree in a related field; minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience which includes recent, successful management of an archives or special collections unit; demonstrated ability to work effectively as a manager; knowledge of archival theory and methodology; experience with national standards in handling of manuscripts, archives and rare books; experience acquiring, organizing and providing reference service for archives, manuscripts, and special published materials; excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills; superior problem-solving and organizational skills; ability to work as a member of the management group.

Preferred: Experience in developing, implementing, and administering policies in support of user and departmental needs including strong public services, collection development, donor relations, fund raising, and technical processing programs. Demonstrated project management experience. Experience with the development and implementation of digital initiatives including EAD, imaging, and web-based applications. Knowledge and experience in developing preservation and security plans. Successful experience in writing and administering grants. Solid understanding of the research university environment; a strong record of professional accomplishments and commitment to ongoing development; additional graduate degree in humanities or social sciences; and competency in Spanish.

POSITION INFORMATION: This is a 12-month tenure-track or tenurable at time of hire position at rank of associate professor depending upon qualifications. Salary: commensurate with qualifications and experience. For benefits see web page at http://www.nmsu.edu/~personel/benefits.html.

To Apply
Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter stating qualifications, a resume, and names, addresses, (including e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references to Marti Torres, Administrative Assistant, NMSU Library, Box 30006, MSC 3475, Las Cruces, NM 88003-8006; fax 505-646-6940; e-mail mjtorres@lib.nmsu.edu.

Review of applications will begin June 21, 2002. Applications will be received until selections are made for on-campus interviews. For additional information, visit our Web site: http://lib.nmsu.edu.

NMSU is an EEO/AA employer. Offer of employment contingent upon verification of the individual's eligibility for employment in the United States.