Associate Director for Special Collections and Area Studies
The Ohio State University Libraries aspires to be the leading library advancing the educational, research, and engagement missions of a national flagship public university. We seek a dynamic, growth-oriented, and values-driven leader to provide strategic direction and vision for our Special Collections and Area Studies operations, services, and resources in support of this ambitious vision. Reporting to the Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries, the Associate Director will lead organizational efforts to enhance knowledge creation, enable student success, and broaden community engagement through the active use of unique and distinctive collections at Ohio State and beyond. A member of the Libraries' senior administrative group, the Associate Director joins a high-functioning team that practices and models shared leadership, process-oriented communications, and participatory decision making.
The Special Collections and Area Studies division comprises the University Archives; the Byrd Polar Archives; the Ohio Congressional Archives; the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, which includes the renowned William Charvat Collection of American Fiction; the Hilandar Research Library, which houses the largest collection of medieval Slavic manuscripts on microform in the world; the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, the world's largest collection of materials related to cartoons and comics; the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute collection of performing arts research materials; and the Libraries' distinctive collections supporting Chinese and Korean, East European and Slavic, Japanese, Jewish, Latin American, and Middle Eastern studies.
Leads the Special Collections and Area Studies division, comprised of approximately 17 library faculty and 23 staff who acquire and manage collections and provide research, instructional, and outreach services for the Ohio State scholarly community and researchers worldwide.
Oversees a variety of educational public programs, such as symposia, lectures, and exhibitions that showcase and broaden the curricular and scholarly use of Ohio State's unique and distinctive collections.
Advances the digitization, discovery, and use of Ohio State's unique and distinctive collections in partnership with the Associate Director of Information Technology and Associate Director of Content and Access.
Promotes the ongoing development of a learning-centered organization and its people through the active modeling of its values (discovery, connection, equity, integrity, and stewardship) and alignment with its strategic intent.
Shares leadership on the executive and management teams, which provide strategic direction for planning, decision making, communications, and organizational development.
Engages in growing philanthropic support to enhance collections, services, and outreach in partnership with curators, archivists, and the Libraries' advancement team.
Additional Information for Applicants::
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by April 21, 2019. Please send cover letter, CV, references, and salary requirements to Randall McKenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include
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