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Special Collections Public Services Librarian

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Work type: Faculty - Career
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Library

Department: Library
Rank: Assistant Librarian
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Review of Applications Begins
October 13, 2019; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Complete applications must include:
1) A current resume or CV;
2) A cover letter; and
3) Three professional references, one of whom must be your current or most recent supervisor.

Department Summary
As an essential partner in the University’s educational, research, and public service mission, the University of Oregon Libraries enriches the student learning experience, encourages exploration and research at all levels, and contributes to advancements in access to scholarly resources. The University of Oregon Libraries is the only Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member in Oregon. The library is a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, SPARC, Center for Research Libraries, DuraSpace, the Council on Library and Information Resources, Coalition of Networked Information, EDUCAUSE, and other major organizations. The Libraries is also a member of Oregon WIN, a consortium of universities and community colleges that operates an educational broadband service network.

Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) is the primary repository for the University’s archives, rare books, historic photographs, and one of the largest historical manuscript collections in the Pacific Northwest. As the largest historical repository in the state, it provides extensive public access to its collections and is thus a critically important source of Oregon and Pacific Northwest historical materials to be used for research, publication, and instruction.

Position Summary
Reporting to the Director of Special Collections, the Special Collections Public Services Librarian is responsible for developing, administering, and overseeing all public service operations; creating policies and procedures; and overseeing staffing of the Paulson Reading Room in Special Collections & University Archives (SCUA). The Librarian oversees and coordinates responses to reference questions via email, phone, fax, and letters, as well as patron-driven requests for duplication and permissions. The Public Services Librarian oversees loan requests, works with curators and outside units or institutions to contract loans for exhibits, coordinates with curators in communications from potential donors, provides tours and talks about relevant collections, teaches sessions on primary source literacy, and selects appropriate materials for the SCUA reference collection. The Librarian also participates in professional development activities and organizations to stay current with trends and practices in the field and to meet criteria for promotion and retention. The Librarian contributes to the University’s goals regarding equity and inclusion.

Minimum Requirements
• ALA-accredited Master’s in Library and Information Science/Studies or Archival Studies.
• Two years of experience providing reference and instruction within an archival setting with both analog and digital resources.

Professional Competencies
• Demonstrated understanding of the scholarly use of archival collections and services and of current developments in archives and special collections librarianship.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, students, scholars, archival users, and professional colleagues.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills to work effectively with the media, culturally diverse library users, and colleagues as well as local and regional communities.
• Demonstrated proficiency and capabilities with personal computers and software, the Web, and archives/library-relevant information technology applications.
• Excellent analytical skills; initiative and flexibility; and organizational, time, and project management skills.
• A strong commitment to excellence and demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a complex, changing environment.

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience directing and assessing the work of others in a supervisory role.
• Demonstrated experience with exhibition programs and registrar duties.
• Ability to work with a variety of materials in various states of repair and cleanliness in a work environment that requires frequent walking, standing, lifting, carrying, and collection shifting.
• Experience coordinating external support groups, fundraising, and developing innovative education and outreach programs.
• Knowledge of intellectual property issues related to archives, libraries, and special collections.


The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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