June 14, 2006
Opening: Head of Special Collections, Texas
Head of Special Collections
Tarlton Law Library
School of Law, The University of Texas at Austin
The Tarlton Law Library seeks an experienced and energetic librarian as its Head of Special Collections. The ideal candidate will have solid training and experience in rare books & archives, a strong public service orientation, creativity in building collections, excellent writing skills, superior interpersonal skills, the ability to work effectively with a variety of constituencies (law faculty, other faculty, students, student organizations, alumni, donors, and library colleagues), professional demeanor, and eagerness to learn.
Minimum qualifications are an MLS from an ALA-accredited institution, two years' experience in special collections, and demonstrated mastery of information technologies. Preferred qualifications and experience include: experience or training in archives; experience in digitization of special collections materials; desktop publishing and web design experience; background or training in law or legal history; reading knowledge of Spanish, Latin, French, or German.
Duties of the Head of Special Collections include: reference & access services for special collections; collection development; acquisition of rare books; developing policies and procedures; managing preservation & conservation of special collections materials; supervising one fulltime assistant and student workers; coordinating & consulting on library digitization projects; organizing fundraising efforts; working with donors; editing & producing the Tarlton Law Library Legal History Series and other publications; documenting the history of the University of Texas School of Law; organizing lectures and other special events that highlight special collections; maintaining the special collections section of the library website; preparing & coordinating exhibits; and assisting in collection development for the library's general collections.
The Tarlton Law Library is the 7th largest academic law library in the U.S. and the largest under one roof. For more information, see <http://tarlton.law.utexas.edu/welcome.html>.
For more information on Tarlton Law Library's Rare Books & Special Collections see <http://tarlton.law.utexas.edu/rare/>.
Starting salary is commensurate with qualifications, and includes the standard benefits for fulltime UT-Austin staff.
To apply: Send a c.v., cover letter and three current references to:
Professor Roy M. Mersky
Harry M. Reasoner Regents Chair in Law and Director of Research
The Jamail Center for Legal Research
Tarlton Law Library
The University of Texas at Austin School of Law
727 East Dean Keeton Street
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