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|Company||Research Services, Emory Libraries - Atlanta, GA|
|Position||Community Outreach Archivist|
Reporting to the Head of Research Services and working closely with the Rose Library curatorial team, the Community Outreach Archivist will manage and coordinate the Library’s existing and prospective services, programs, and projects focused on connecting different users/user communities to Library resources and engaging new and diverse audiences. The Community Outreach Archivist will be responsible for the development of tools, programs and relationships that will share Rose Library’s resources to communities on campus, in Atlanta and beyond.
The Community Outreach Archivist is a non-manager position, but may include the supervision of students and interns. The position will include participation in the Rose Library reference program through regular desk shifts as well as contributions to the instruction program. The position will be collaborative in nature, working closely with the Library’s Director and Associate Director, Curators, University Archivist, Manager of Public Programs and the Emory Libraries Campus and Community Relations and Research and Engagement Services units.
As a member of the Rose Library staff, the Community Outreach Archivist participates in programming, planning, and assessment activities for the Rose Library and participates in library-wide and campus initiatives, committees and task forces.
The Rose Library collects and connects stories of human experience, promotes access and learning, and offers opportunities for dialogue for all wise hearts who seek knowledge. Our collections primarily document African American History and Culture; Literature and Poetry; Modern Politics; Southern History; and Emory University.
Essential Responsibilities & Duties
Provides strategic vision to Rose Library’s mission of connecting users/user communities to Library resources (collections, services, programs, expertise).
Develops relationships with key communities on Emory campus and in the Atlanta area
Plans and implements programs engaging communities in Rose Library collections
Creates tools to encourage the use and understanding of archives by different community groups
Creates collections based curriculum and workshops for K-12
Supports the development of exhibitions using Rose Library materials
Writing and managing grants for community focused projects and programs
Completes approximately 6-8 per week on the reference desk and rotating 8 hour Saturday shift.
Oversees reading room security by monitoring use of materials in the reading room, as well as communicating to researchers care and handling policies and procedures.
Guides researchers through the process of registration and making requests.
Assists with answering in-person and remote reference questions based on subject expertise and knowledge of Rose Library’s collections.
Consults with students, faculty and visiting researchers on determining a research topic, locating relevant materials and other research needs.
May be responsible for closing and locking Rose Library approximately one day per week.
Campus Contributions & Professional/Scholarly Association Involvement & Activity
Participates in library committees related to primary job assignment as appropriate.
Presents on work-related topics and research at professional and scholarly conferences, symposia, and workshops.
Publishes on work-related topics and research in professional and scholarly publications.
Participates in appropriate professional and scholarly associations and organizations including maintaining membership and/or accreditation; attending meetings, conferences, workshops; and serving in appointed or elected positions.
Maintains up-to-date professional knowledge and skills in areas related to primary job assignment as well as maintains general knowledge of current trends in higher education, academic libraries, and information and educational technology.
Provides reference assistance to Emory students and faculty, visiting scholars, and the public as needed and assigned.
Adheres to guidelines outlined in the Handbook Governing the Librarian series for Faculty-Equivalent Librarians to ensure appointment, appointment renewal and promotion-in-rank
Participates in library and campus committees as appropriate for service purposes.
LITS: Library and IT Services
• ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science OR equivalent education and experience (subject expertise combined with appropriate teaching experience and/or library experience).
• Ability to build and sustain effective interpersonal relationships with library staff, faculty and students, off campus faculty and administrators, campus administrators, etc.
• Experience in providing reference services, conducting research on historical or literary topics and/or teaching from primary resources.
• Evidence of analytical, organizational, communication, project, and time management skills and demonstrated ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and complete tasks and projects on time and within budget and in accordance with task/project parameters.
• Evidence of excellent communication, public speaking, teaching, writing and analytical skills.
• Demonstrated proficiency and capabilities with personal computers and software, the Web, and library-relevant information technology applications. Working knowledge of standard computer office applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint or other productivity software.
• Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty and student population.
• Capacity to thrive in an ambiguous, future-oriented environment of a major research institution and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.
• Demonstrated knowledge of current trends and issues in academic libraries, higher education, and relevant subject disciplines.
• Evidence of active participation, involvement, and leadership in local, state, regional, national, or international professional or scholarly associations.
• Advanced degree (subject master’s or doctoral) in a relevant discipline.
• Subject expertise in one of Rose Library’s collecting areas of African American History & Culture; Literature & Poetry; Modern Politics; and Southern History.
• Experience in public scholarship, including exhibition development, digital humanities or community programming.
Additional Job Details
Applications may be submitted as Word or PDF attachments and must include:
1) Cover letter of application describing qualifications and experience;
2) Current resume/vita detailing education and relevant experience; and
3) On a separate document list the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of 3 professional references including a current or previous supervisor.
Review of applications will continue until position is successfully filled
Emory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women and minorities.