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Director of Special Collections - OHSU

27 Dec 2019 2:20 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

Category: Management/Supervisory
Position Type: Regular Full-Time
Job Type: Faculty
Salary Range: commensurate with experience; average salary for experienced OHSU Library department directors is $100,000

The Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) Library, the largest health sciences library in Oregon, serves the faculty, staff, and students of OHSU, as well as health professionals and residents of the State of Oregon.  Our mission is to advance the effective, efficient, and ethical use of information in support of education, research, and healthcare.  

The Director of Special Collections is responsible for the care, development and leadership of OHSU’s collections of rare books, archives, manuscripts and artifacts and the Library’s engagement with historical research and programming. This position provides services as assigned by the supervisor in furtherance of the university’s missions and goals of teaching, research, patient care, outreach and public service. The appointee works competently and sensitively with a broadly diverse constituency with regards to many facets of identity, including, but not limited to, gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. 

Function/Duties of Position

The duties of this position include:

  • Provides leadership for university archives and historical collections, establishing a vision for the long-term development of all special collections, identifying resource needs and cultivating opportunities for growth.
  • Directs operations for the unit, including managing faculty, classified staff, students and volunteers. Plans and monitors unit budget and expenditures.
  • Curates rare book collections, including oversight of collection development, cataloging, preservation and outreach involving rare books.
  • Manages and coordinates the OHSU Oral History Program and other special initiatives.
  • Effectively promotes and assesses engagement with the history of health sciences to the OHSU community and the public through library services, spaces, instruction, resources and programming. 
  • Plans, oversees, and evaluates historical programming and collaborates on other public events with logistical support from Library Administration, coordinating with Access Services and the Educational, Research & Clinical Outreach departments as appropriate. 
  • Works with the University Librarian and Library Administrator to manage space planning for special collections, including exhibits and events, secure and accessible space for researchers to work with materials, and ensuring appropriate storage of materials.
  • Produces communications about special collections, ensuring consistent messaging that reflects institutional priorities in collaboration with the library’s platform managers and committees as well as OHSU Communications units.
  • In collaboration with Library Administration and the OHSU Foundation, cultivates potential donors and stewards relationships with donors supporting any aspect of the library.
  • Seeks external funding and grants that benefit the university archives and historical collections, or increase public engagement with the library.
  • In coordination with the University Librarian, represents the library to key agencies, institutions, and communities.
  • Develops unit policies and procedures; contributes to library and university policy and procedure development; contributes as a leader on the library’s management team; serves on university and library committees.
  • Conducts professional scholarship, teaching, and service.
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