Archivist, Institute of Jazz Studies, John Cotton Dana Library. Rutgers University Libraries – Newark Campus
RESPONSIBILITIES: The Rutgers University Libraries seek an experienced, innovative, and serviceoriented librarian to fill the position of Archivist in the Institute of Jazz Studies, John Cotton Dana Library on the Newark Campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Reporting to the Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies, the Archivist will take a leadership role in the management and oversight of archival and research collections in IJS in ensuring the effective provision of library and information services to the diverse community of users. Will receive, arrange, describe, preserve and create finding aids using best practices and cutting-edge techniques for the Institute’s archival collections, which consist of music manuscripts, personal papers, photographs, memorabilia, and other materials. Will provide in-depth assistance to visiting researchers and scholars as well as respond to requests by mail, email and phone. Will provide materials for the media, performing arts and other organizations. Will identify, solicit and steward donors, and advise the Dana Library Director on the acceptance of gift collections for the Institute. Will oversee the activities of grant-funded archivists. Will supervise student workers and interns, including the provision of training in archival practices. Will provide outreach, enhancing the visibility of the Institute and its collections, by conducting tours of the Institute and preparing exhibits, and represent the Institute at professional meetings and conferences. Will collaborate in the Libraries’ digitization efforts. As a member of a university-wide faculty, the Archivist is expected to participate in system-wide initiatives, committees, and task forces, and to demonstrate commitment to continual professional development through scholarly research relevant to areas of responsibility, including publications, presentations and participation and leadership in the work of relevant professional associations.
QUALIFICATIONS: A record of professional experience in an academic or research library, archives, or similar setting, with emphasis on experience in archival processing, management and preservation. Extensive knowledge of and experience in the development of EAD finding aids. Extensive knowledge of issues relating to managing and preserving digital collections. Awareness of national issues and trends in archives and in collections services. Must have the ability and desire to meet tenure and promotion requirements. Thus, the successful candidate will have a Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited institution and/or a Master’s degree in Archival Studies. Knowledge of or familiarity with jazz history is desired.
SALARY: Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
STATUS/BENEFITS: Faculty status, calendar year appointment, retirement plans, life/health insurance, prescription drug, dental and eyeglass plans, tuition remission, one month vacation.
LIBRARY AND UNIVERSITY PROFILE: Rutgers University is a member of the Association of American Universities. The university, spread over three regional campuses, includes over 50,000 graduate and undergraduate students and 2,500 faculty, engaged in numerous degree-granting, research and professional programs in all disciplines, as well as a broad spectrum of service programs for the state. Situated on 35 acres in downtown Newark, Rutgers-Newark is part of a dynamic urban environment and is positioned to take a leading role in the further revitalization of Newark. The Newark campus is a doctoral-degree granting research institution, classified as a Carnegie Research Intensive institution. Rutgers-Newark offers 14 doctoral programs: American studies, applied physics, behavioral and neural science biology, chemistry, criminal justice, environmental science, global affairs, management, mathematical sciences, nursing, psychology, public administration, and urban systems. With more than 11,000 graduate and undergraduate students and anticipated growth in the student body, as well as in the number of resident students, the Rutgers-Newark Campus is the nation’s most diverse national university campus. The Rutgers University Libraries (RUL), comprised of libraries on the University’s Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark campuses, all reporting to the Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, operate as a unified library system with coordinated public services, technical services, and collection development. The Libraries have a staff of 304, a budget of $21 million, and holdings numbering more than 3.6 million volumes. Rutgers University Libraries are a member of ARL, CRL, Lyrasis, NERL, and VALE, and use SirsiDynix and OCLC as their primary bibliographic utilities. The John Cotton Dana Library, in conjunction with the other Rutgers libraries, provides services and support for the Newark campus. The Dana Library includes 12 library faculty and 25 staff +positions, with a budget of $2.7 million. The world-renowned Institute of Jazz Studies, a special collections unit of the John Cotton Dana Library, is the world’s largest jazz archive. With over 100,000 sound recordings, 100 distinct archival collections, over 30,000 photographs, extensive oral history collections, books, jazz periodicals, musical instruments and other memorabilia, the Institute of Jazz Studies supports research by students at all levels, scholars and writers from around the world, musicians, arts institutions, record labels, and the media. The university’s highly regarded Masters of Arts Program in Jazz History and Research is supported directly by IJS collections and staff.
The Institute also maintains an active outreach program, furthering jazz education in many ways, and supports scholarship through the publication of the Journal of Jazz Studies, a leading English-language scholarly jazz journal, and the Studies in Jazz monograph series. For more information go to the RUL website: http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu and to learn about the Dana Library and Newark Campus go to: http://library.newark.rutgers.edu. Rutgers is an ADVANCE institution, committed to increasing diversity and the participation and advancement of women in the STEM disciplines.
TO APPLY: CONSIDERATION OF APPLICATIONS WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY. To apply please email your application in Word format (include cover letter, resume, names of three references, and where you saw the position advertised) to: Sandra Troy, (APP. 199 ), University Libraries Human Resources Manager, Rutgers University Libraries, 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1163, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, FAX: 732-932-7637
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action employer. The Libraries are strongly and actively committed to diversity, and seek candidates who will contribute creatively to the University’s multicultural environment.
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