Scripps College, a women’s liberal arts college with a strong interdisciplinary humanities tradition, invites applications for Library Director and Sally Preston Swan Librarian for The Ella Strong Denison Library. Scripps College is one of seven members of The Claremont Colleges consortium located 35 miles east of Los Angeles.
Denison Library is a special collections library of primary source materials in many formats for the use of Claremont students and faculty. Its historic building is also a Scripps community space where classes meet, meetings and events take place, and students study in the evening and weekends. Its rare books, archives (including the Scripps College Archives), manuscripts, and photography collections are outstanding for an institution the size of Scripps College. Among its holdings are well-developed rare book collections in history of the book and book arts, Western Americana, literature, art, and the history and accomplishments of women. The comprehensive artists’ books collection focuses on contemporary issues, books created by women, and the Scripps College Press. Unique resources such as the Ellen Browning Scripps Papers serve as a significant record of the College and of women’s education. Denison Library collections are non-circulating. Denison Library works collaboratively and closely with Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges Library. Specifically, it collaborates with The Claremont Colleges Library (CCL), and participates in the CCL online catalog, Aeon (the special collections registration and request system), and The Claremont Colleges Digital Library. Exhibitions are organized to publicize collections and make them more widely known.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
This information is intended to be a descriptive of the key responsibilities of the position. The list of essential functions below does not identify all duties performed by any single incumbent in this position. Perform other duties as assigned.
The Library Director and Sally Preston Swan Librarian for Denison Library reports to the Dean of Faculty and performs the following duties:
Oversees the day-to-day operations of the Library and establishes policies and procedures to safeguard staff, and to secure, preserve, and conserve collections.
In consultation with faculty, establishes and implements collection development policies considering current and emerging curricular needs to support teaching, learning, and research at Scripps College.
Selects books, manuscripts, and archival collections as appropriate for purchase from booksellers and artists, and from donors offering gifts in kind.
In collaboration with faculty, teaches undergraduate students about primary sources by providing class sessions, workshops, tours, and individual reference and orientation services.
Oversees and responds to collection, research, and Scripps history inquiries received by e-mail, phone, mail, and in person.
Sets priorities for and participates in the processing and cataloguing of collections.
In consultation with CCL staff, plans for and selects collections for digitization for the Claremont Colleges Digital Library.
Schedules and mounts exhibitions.
Participates in donor cultivation for gifts in kind and for library-related funds; participates in grant proposals.
Manages endowed funds and grant funds designated for library collections and programs.
Participates in the life of the College by attending faculty meetings and campus events, overseeing the Browsing Rooms in residence halls, providing library tours for prospective students, parents, alumnae, and other visitors, and administering the annual Slocum Award for Scripps College seniors, among other things.
Works closely with the Scripps College Facilities Department to preserve and improve the historically significant library building and its furnishings.
Services faculty, staff, and students of the Claremont Colleges.
Represents Denison Library and Scripps College at various local and national conferences, meetings and professional organizations.
Active support for the College’s Principles of Community and Principles of Diversity in the performance of job duties.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES:
Individual must possess knowledge, skills, and ability to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential function will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.
A commitment to strong, inclusive, user-centered reference and instructional services with an understanding of pedagogical and scholarly use of collections within a special collections setting.
Ability to collaborate with faculty in support of their instructional needs and ability to provide students, scholars, and others with assistance with their needs.
Experience and demonstrated skill in supervision of professional staff and student assistants, including hiring, providing guidance and direction, mentoring, and monitoring and evaluating performance.
Knowledge of rare books, manuscripts, and archival collections; Knowledge of history of books and manuscripts, their means of production and distribution, and their social and cultural impact.
Demonstrated experience with providing reference and instructional services to undergraduates in a special collections setting.
Demonstrated understanding of the scholarly use of library collections and services and current developments in archives and special collections librarianship.
Experience with the evaluation and assessment of library resources, especially building, evaluating, and assessing special collections.
Excellent organizational and time management skills.
Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently and to promote teamwork among colleagues and student staff.
Knowledge of current trends in digitization and other electronic resources issues.
Experience with digitization projects.
Knowledge of current information technology as it applies to providing library services.
Knowledge of intellectual property issues related to archives, libraries, and special collections.
Knowledge of preservation and conservation issues related to rare books, manuscripts, and archival collections.
Evidence of a strong service orientation.
Excellent oral and written communications skills.
Ability to work effectively with a diverse community of undergraduate students, faculty and staff colleagues, and alumnae.
Demonstrated involvement in fundraising, including foundation grants and/or the cultivation of individual donors.
Demonstrated proficiency and capabilities with personal computers, software, the web, and library-relevant information technology applications.
Reading knowledge of at least one European language, preferably French, Spanish or Latin.
An advanced degree in a relevant discipline.
Evidence of successful teaching experience at the undergraduate level.
LICENSES / CERTIFICATES:
HOURS & CLASSIFICATION AND STATUS:
This is a regular, full-time, benefits-eligible, exempt position.
The regular hours for this full-time position are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. Hours may vary and include night and weekends based on needs of the College or department.
Supervises the work of one Collections and Access Associate and co-supervises 15-20 student assistants and temporary staff.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is quiet to moderate.
Physical and Mental Requirements
Ability to maintain good concentration level while dealing with interruptions; attention to details with emphasis on accuracy; capable of giving, receiving, and analyzing information, formulating work plans, and articulating goals and action plans.
Sitting in a normal seated position for extended periods of time. Standing for extended periods of time. Reaching and extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction. Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than the whole hand(s), or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard. Communication skills using the spoken word. Ability to see within normal parameters. Ability to hear within normal parameters. Ability to bend and stoop, for example, to file. Ability to move about. Ability to lift and carry short distances up to 20 lbs., for example to lift or move office supplies, files, books and packages.
Regular employment at the College is for no specified period of time; conditions and status of employment (hours, pay, title, duties, etc.) are subject to change at any time. Scripps College is an At-Will employer. Employees, and likewise the College, are free to end the employment relationship at any time, for any reason, with or without notice or cause, unless otherwise prohibited by law.
QUALIFICATION STANDARDS :
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science OR equivalent education and experience (subject expertise combined with professional library education and/or experience).
Five years of progressively responsible experience in liberal arts college libraries, research libraries, or special collections departments, including management of resources and personnel, and supervision of staff.
Internal Number: REQ-374
About Scripps College
Scripps College is a top-ranked liberal arts college and the women’s college of The Claremont Colleges. Founded in 1926 by Ellen Browning Scripps, the College has provided exceptional education to equip talented students intellectually and morally with the skills, experience, and discernment to lead satisfying and productive professional and personal lives. In the founder’s words, “The paramount obligation of a college is to develop in its students the ability to think clearly and independently and the ability to live confidently, courageously and hopefully.” These fundamental principles remain central and relevant to the mission of the College today.
The College has repeatedly been recognized nationally by US News and World Report as a top 25 liberal arts college. Princeton Review rated Scripps as a “Best College in the West” and a “Best Value College.” Forbes Magazine cited the Scripps campus as one of the most beautiful collegiate campuses in the world.
Current enrollment of degree seeking undergraduates is approximately 980 women from 47 states and 21 countries. Roughly 36% are students of color. There are 88 full-time faculty members, 100% of who possess Ph.D. or appropr...iate terminal degrees. For the 2012-2013 fiscal year, total revenues and expenses were $59.6 million and $58.1 million, respectively. As of June 30, 2013, total net assets were $392.9 million, of which endowment funds totaled approximately $282 million.
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