Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, the Head of UASC leads all aspects related to the creation, planning, development, and management of the University’s institutional archives and special collections. The Head of the UASC supports digital initiatives across campus, demonstrating an understanding of digital records and objects and emerging technologies, as well as knowledge of technological applications in digital library development as related to special collections and archives.
The Head of UASC defines and inaugurates expanded services and promotes innovative approaches for digital scholarship, working closely with other units throughout the Libraries to integrate the rich assets of the UASC as an integral component of IIT Libraries’ support for teaching, learning, and research at the University.
The Head of UASC articulates a vision and a strategic direction that promotes the visibility, accessibility, and impact of a nationally and internationally recognized primary research collection, facilitates collaboration and participation in relevant initiatives and programs, and develops fundraising strategies. The Head of the UASC represents IIT Libraries in local, regional and national professional organizations.
In collaboration with the Digital Initiatives Librarian and other library departments, the Head of UASC participates in grant writing activities and initiates and manages a variety of educational programs and services that showcase, sustain, and grow the UASC. The Head of the UASC also identifies, cultivates, and provides stewardship of donors and for the acquisition of special collections in support of university curricula.
The Head of UASC oversees the compilation of statistics and develops narrative and statistical reports on activities and programs; works with the Assistant Dean for Assessment and Scholarly Communication to analyze usage and documentation; and prepares annual and other reports on the operation of the UASC as requested.
A Master’s degree in Library Information Science or a graduate degree in a
relevant discipline with a minimum of three years of progressively
responsible management experience in archival or special collections
services and operations. An additional degree or certification in a
relevant discipline is preferred.
Superior leadership skills including demonstrated management and
supervisory experience with success in leading, guiding, and fostering a
dynamic workplace environment. Demonstrated strong commitment to quality
patron services, student-centered philosophy, and public service
orientation. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication
skills. Working knowledge and demonstrated ability in addressing the
processing, curatorial, and conservation issues associated with archives
and special collections, and demonstrated understanding of research
usage. Understanding of emerging technologies, and key issues and trends in
archives and special collections.
Experience with or demonstrated knowledge of digital collections, social
media tools, and digital humanities concepts, tools, and techniques.
Ability to articulate a vision, set direction, and accomplish initiatives
in changing environments. Experience in exhibit curation.
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degrees in engineering, the sciences, architecture, law, design,
psychology, humanities, and business. The Main Campus is located minutes
from downtown Chicago and its beautiful lakefront, and was designed by
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the 20th century’s most influential
architects. Visit www.iit.edu for more information.
Competitive benefits including tuition remission for employee/dependents.
Free shuttle to and from Union/Ogilvie stations. Easy access to campus by
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