Head of Special Collections @ College of Charleston
The College of Charleston Library seeks a Head of Special Collections. Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, the Head of Special Collections is responsible for the administration and operation of the department. The Department Head provides leadership in developing and implementing the department’s long range and operational plans as well as building the College’s rare book and manuscript collections. The Department Head manages the acquisition, preservation, processing, and cataloguing of the College of Charleston’s manuscripts, rare books, and other cultural heritage materials. Additionally, the Department Head, in consultation with appropriate faculty and staff, establishes and enforces all policies regarding the accession, retention, de-accession, preservation, and use of manuscripts and rare books housed at the College of Charleston libraries.
The Department Head also supervises reference and instruction activities for Special Collections and works closely with the Dean of Libraries and the Development Office in grant and fundraising efforts.
The Head of Special Collections is a member of the Library Faculty and serves in a key leadership position.
Master’s degree from ALA accredited library school program or masters in history or historic preservation. . Equivalent work experience may substitute for exceptional candidates. Experience processing, arranging and describing archival and manuscript materials. Knowledge of archival theory, practice and national and international standards and best practices that govern the arrangement and description of primary source materials. Minimum of 5 years professional experience in a research library, special collections, rare book or archives setting. Demonstrated commitment to providing outstanding user services. Knowledge and understanding of significant trends, issues, standards and best practices in special collections and archival institutions. Demonstrated understanding of emerging technologies.
A successful record of grant writing, development, fundraising and donor relations.
Please apply online at https://jobs.cofc.edu. Applications must include cover letter, vita, and names and contact information for three references. Closing date for applications is April 8, 2013.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.