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Richard & Mary Corrigan Solari University Archivist and Historian

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

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

Review of Applications Begins
March 19, 2020; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Complete applications must include:
1) A current resume or CV
2) A cover letter

As part of the application process, applicants will be asked to provide contact information for three professional references, one of whom must be a current supervisor.

About the University
The University of Oregon is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities and holds the distinction of a ‘very high research activity’ ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. The University of Oregon is guided by a diversity framework that involves a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. In recent years, the university has increased the diversity of its student body while raising average GPAs and test scores for incoming students. The UO’s 295-acre campus features state-of-the art facilities in an arboretum-like setting within the traditional homelands of the Kalapuya people. The UO is located in Eugene, a vibrant city of 157,000 with a wide range of cultural and culinary offerings, symphony, opera, jazz and theatrical venues, a pleasant year-round climate, and a community engaged in environmental and social concerns. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.

Department Summary
The University of Oregon Libraries is an essential partner in the University’s educational, research, and public service mission. With five locations on the Eugene campus, and branches at UO Portland and at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, the Libraries offers many flexible, service- and technology-rich environments for our users’ research and learning needs. 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 for Networked Information, EDUCAUSE, and other major organizations.

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, SCUA 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 and University Archives (SCUA), the Corrigan Solari University Archivist and Historian provides curation, collection management, preservation, and solicitation of the permanent record of the University and papers of its faculty and student organizations. This work includes oversight of the UO permanent record, collaboration with campus records management, leading research and reference services about UO history, and serving as point person for instruction activities led by UO faculty with SCUA collections.

In collaboration with SCUA staff, the University Archivist and Historian acquires, appraises, and manages the permanent university administrative records and other university materials of permanent historic value in all formats; collaborates with the curator of manuscripts in the acquisition and curation of faculty papers; and oversees and coordinates the department’s multifaceted instruction program, providing consistent and professional information to faculty, staff, researchers, and the public. In coordination with the Director of SCUA, the University Archivist and Historian develops policies, procedures, and strategic planning for the collection. The Archivist also serves as point person for researching and documenting university history and providing in-depth research, reference, and instruction services related to university history and archival collections led by teaching faculty of the University. The position provides outreach and promotion of the collection to students, faculty, and outside researchers, and hires, trains, and supervises university archive student staff and graduate employees.

The University Archivist and Historian participates in appropriate professional development activities and organizations to stay current with trends and practices in the field, and contributes to the University’s goals regarding equity and inclusion.

Minimum Requirements
Minimum Qualifications for Associate Librarian Rank:
• ALA-Accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science with a specialization in archives and records management, OR a Master’s degree in Archival Administration.
• Six years of post-degree progressive leadership experience focused on institutional records in special collections or university archives.

Minimum Qualifications for Senior Librarian Rank:
• ALA-Accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science with a specialization in archives and records management, OR a Master’s degree in Archival Administration.
• Twelve years of post-degree progressive leadership experience focused on institutional records in a special collections or university archives.

Professional Competencies
• Exceptional oral and written communications skills.
• Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with faculty and all levels of staff in a variety of disciplines.
• Ability to prioritize work and meet multiple deadlines.
• Demonstrated analytical and organizational skills.
• Ability to support and enhance a diverse learning and working environment.

Preferred Qualifications
• Advanced subject degree in relevant field.
• Thorough knowledge and experience in the practices and principals of archival management.
• Demonstrated experience with administering analog and digital institutional records.
• Demonstrated knowledge and experience in current legal issues effecting access to permanent institutional records.
• Experience with a robust records management program.
• Experience managing project work.
• Experience with outreach and public relations.
• Evidence of donor relations experience.
• Evidence of strong interest in student and faculty engagement.
• Experience providing instruction in the use of, or information about, special collections and university archives resources in both analog and digital formats.
• A strong commitment to effective public service.
• A record of active participation in professional associations and initiatives at the national level.


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.

In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at http://police.uoregon.edu/annual-report.

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