Open position: Head of Special Collections and Archives

Clemson Libraries seeks a dynamic, service-oriented, and collaborative Head of Special Collections and Archives (SC&A) to provide leadership and expertise at Clemson Libraries. This is a 12-month tenure-track faculty position and works under the direction of the Associate Dean for Collections and Discovery.

The Special Collections and Archives Department includes university archives, manuscripts, artifacts, rare books, digital archives, and records management. The Head of Special Collections and Archives will be responsible for growing the collections, expanding access to Clemson’s unique resources, securing the preservation of materials, and enhancing in-person service and outreach activities. SC&A is currently building regional and nationally recognized collections in agriculture, architecture, athletics, military history, textile history, and Black life in the Upstate. The department and the Libraries are dedicated to expanding the presence and influence of historically marginalized individuals in our collections, documenting their stories, and preserving their rich histories.

This position sets the vision for the department, leads efforts in the procurement of new collections and provides oversight for the internal collections processing work of the Archives. The incumbent oversees reference and instruction efforts within the Special Collections and Archives Department, and collaborates with library colleagues, campus partners, and the Office of Development to expand and improve access to and utilization of Clemson’s special collections. Clemson Libraries recently underwent a reorganization, and the incumbent will have an opportunity to help shape the future of the department.

Qualified candidates must have an ALA-accredited graduate degree in librarianship or a relevant accredited graduate degree in another scholarly field as deemed appropriate by the Libraries. They must also have a minimum of 3 years full-time professional experience in special collections, university archives, or records management, along with previous management and strategic planning experience.

The ideal candidate would have experience managing a special collections and/or archives unit or department in an academic or research library, possess a second master’s degree in a related field, and be a Certified Archivist or Certified Records Manager.

The position is offering a minimum salary of $80,000 based on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience. Various medical plans, dental plans, and retirement plans are available. 18 days annual leave, 15 days sick leave, 13 paid holidays, and liberal professional development leave are provided. Library faculty receive an individual stipend for travel or other professional development activity.

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Clemson University Libraries seeks to best serve our community through creating a welcoming environment in which diverse ideas and perspectives come together to achieve common goals. We are committed to the practice of inclusion as it is essential to the continued success not only of Clemson University but of the library and information science profession. We embrace Clemson’s core values of integrity, honesty, and respect, and add to those the ideals of compassion, dignity, and historical awareness so that Clemson Libraries’ staff, collections, spaces, and services inform the interest, information, and enlightenment of all who we serve.

Clemson University is an AAO/EO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.