Special Collections Librarian – James Madison University – Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University (JMU) Libraries & Educational Technologies (L&ET) seeks a dynamic, innovative and service-oriented professional to serve as a Special Collections Librarian.

JMU is a public, comprehensive university of approximately 20,000 students located in the scenic Shenandoah Valley, two hours southwest of Washington, D.C. The university has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the top-rated public regional master’s level university for seventeen consecutive years and is consistently named one of the nation’s most wired universities. The Princeton Review Best Value Colleges has named the university one of the nation’s 50 best value institutions for the past three years. The university places a strong emphasis on undergraduate research and offers 31 master’s degree programs and 7 doctoral programs.

The JMU Libraries are part of the Libraries and Educational Technologies division, which has the mission of enriching our communities by building learning and information environments where people connect with ideas and with each other to discover, create and share knowledge.

Duties and responsibilities include:

– Provides leadership in all aspects of Special Collections, including developing and curating the collection, promoting the use of original resources for teaching, learning and scholarship and providing service and instruction to users in the Special Collections Reading Room.

– Develops and manages a cohesive collection in all formats with an emphasis on documenting the central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and the history of the university (http://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/services/SC_Mission.aspx).

– Leads an established internship program for both undergraduate and graduate students in the JMU Public History program.

– Coordinates with JMU faculty and liaison librarians to integrate Special Collections materials with the curriculum and to promote the use of Special Collections for teaching, learning and scholarship.

– Enables access to the collections by creating finding aids and utilizing digital technologies.

– Collaborates with colleagues in other units on digitization initiatives for unique, local materials and the cataloging and preservation of materials.

– Participates in planning and implementation of JMU Libraries digital preservation infrastructure.

– Supervises temporary employees, including student assistants and graduate interns.

– Reports to the Director of Collections.

As a member of a university-wide faculty, the Special Collections Librarian is expected to participate in system-wide initiatives, committees and task forces and demonstrate commitment to professional development through relevant scholarly research and service, including publications, presentations and participation and leadership in the work of professional associations.

Qualifications include:

– ALA Accredited MLS.

– Demonstrated record of professional engagement, including experience in a special collections/archives setting.

– Demonstrated experience with archival protocols, cataloging of unique materials and digital asset management.

– Current knowledge of special collections and archives standards, practices, issues and trends.

– Demonstrated understanding of issues related to both digitized and born-digital formats.

– Ability to articulate and promote a vision of special collections’ place in the changing worlds of scholarship and teaching.

– Ability to provide outreach services and demonstrated awareness of new models of scholarship and instruction using special collection and archival materials.

– Excellent interpersonal, organizational and time-management skills; excellent oral and written communication skills.

– Demonstrated project management and analytical skills.

– Strong service orientation and the ability to work creatively and collaboratively in a rapidly changing environment.

– Demonstrated ability to supervise, train and motivate staff effectively.


JMU Libraries & Educational Technologies invite candidates from diverse backgrounds who will contribute affirmatively and creatively to the university’s multicultural environment. Our goal is for our employees to reflect the rich mix of backgrounds, life experiences, cultures, perspectives and world views that is found within our university community.

Salary shall be commensurate with experience. Faculty status requires potential to meet standards for promotion and tenure. Excellent benefits http://www.lib.jmu.edu/employment/ including 20 days of vacation and a choice of TIAA/CREF or other retirement plans. Review of applications will begin on February 22, 2013, and continue until the position is filled. Candidates must apply online using JMU’s JobLink system. Links to JobLink and full position descriptions can be found on the JMU Libraries employment information page at http:/www.lib.jmu.edu/employment.