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Associate Director, Special Collections Library

University of Michigan Library

The University of Michigan, a leader in undergraduate and graduate education and one of the world's premier research universities, has prominent faculty, rigorous academic programs, and a diverse cultural and social environment. MLibrary is one of the top research libraries in the world and enjoys a reputation for innovation. Recent leadership examples include the launch of HathiTrust, an unparalleled opportunity for the creation of new services in support of the teaching, learning, and research mission of the University, and facility upgrades that support undergraduate learning, writing, and research. Situated in the heart of Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan is in a unique urban area with a small-town atmosphere and a vibrant cultural and intellectual sensibility.

The Special Collections Library at the University of Michigan Library holds internationally renowned collections of books, manuscripts, and archival and other material. It is home to some of the most historically significant treasures at the University of Michigan and includes in its holdings some 300,000 published volumes, approximately 6,500 linear feet of archival material, about 450 incunables, and more than 1,400 early manuscripts on vellum and paper. Notable collections and subject strengths include the papers of distinguished authors, poets, and filmmakers; Greek and Islamic manuscripts; American culinary history; anarchism, radicalism, and social protest; children’s literature; Philippine history; the early histories of astronomy, mathematics, and medicine; and transportation history.

Located in heart of central campus, on the 7th and 8th floors of the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, the Special Collections Library is open to the public -- to students, faculty, visiting researchers, and members of the community. The Special Collections Library makes its collections available to the widest possible audience and provides an array of services and programs intended to support, enrich, and stimulate teaching, learning, and research at and well beyond the University of Michigan.

The Special Collections Library is now searching for an Associate Director to provide leadership, coordination, and oversight for many of the day-to-day operations of the Special Collections Library, especially those centered on services for readers and management of collections. This position will report to the Director of Special Collections.


·          Select, supervise, develop and evaluate assigned staff such as the Reader Services Coordinator, the Collection Services Coordinator, and as appropriate, other staff responsible for reading room services, retrieving and shelving collection material, scanning and photoduplication of collection material, and readying collection material for cataloging, shelving, and use. Establish and model performance expectations and standards to foster a positive, high-service, and innovative culture. Provide leadership for the training and motivation of staff in order to make full use of individual capabilities and to meet the department goals.

·          Collect, analyze, and communicate information to inform service policies, collection management decisions, priorities for processing, cataloging, and digitization, and space planning.

·          Develop, document, implement, evaluate, and revise policies and procedures to ensure appropriate access to and effective stewardship of collection material.

·          Identify, initiate, and/or administer special projects and other activities to improve access to and stewardship of collection material.

·          Coordinate activities with staff in Technical Services, Digital Library Production Services, Preservation and Conservation, Document Delivery, and other Library units to accomplish programmatic priorities and project goals.

The individual in this position participates in planning, policy development, and priority setting for the Special Collections Library; may be asked to assume responsibility for developing, interpreting, and promoting Special Collections Library material in one or more subject areas; serves on Library, University, and other committees, task forces, etc., as needed and appropriate; and is expected to be active professionally.


·        ALA-accredited Master's degree and three or more years of professional experience working with special collections, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

·        Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills.

·        Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively in a diverse, dynamic, team setting; to take initiative; and to exercise resourcefulness.

·        Demonstrated commitment to outstanding and user-centered public service as well as experience directing work and projects in such an environment.

·        Excellent organizational, time, and project management skills.

·        Familiarity with trends, issues, standards, and best practices in the care and management of special collections.

·        Capacity to thrive in an exciting, future-oriented environment and to respond with agility to changing needs and priorities.

Benefits, Rank, and Salary

Librarian rank and salary are dependent on experience and qualifications. As a professional appointment in the University of Michigan University Library, this position offers full benefits and opportunities for professional development and travel, and participates fully in faculty governance.Further information regarding benefits can be found at

Retirement Options: TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments options available.

Application Process

Apply through the University of Michigan’s Job Postings site at using posting number of 81399 for a keyword search. Please include a cover letter outlining your interest in the position and applicable experience.

Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin May 22, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Michigan is a non-discriminatory, affirmative action employer.
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