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Appointment Type: Admin Full-time
Department: Schaffer Library
Categories: Administration
Position Grade: LS

The Archives & Special Collections Librarian is responsible for evaluating, appraising, describing and preserving the College’s institutional records, including the archival collections associated with the College’s Adirondack Research Library. The Archives & Special Collections Librarian prepares finding aids and other access tools, such as EAD guides, in accordance with archival methodologies and techniques; serves as a liaison with the Schaffer Library’s Digital Services department to advance digital initiatives and emerging technologies; and provides outreach to faculty, students and researchers through orientations, instruction sessions and exhibits. Additionally, the Archives & Special Collections Librarian contributes actively to the dialog within the department regarding all aspects of our services to the Union community, outside users and visiting researchers, and serves on library-wide committees and working groups. In this collaborative environment, the Archives & Special Collections Librarian is expected to pursue a focused program of professional development, scholarly activity and service.
Qualifications: Requires a Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent with advanced coursework in archival management or a Masters of Archival Studies, with a minimum of three years professional work experience in archives and special collections. Certification by the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA) preferred. Also preferred is formal coursework or training in primary source literacy, object-based learning strategies, active teaching techniques using primary sources and/or special collections, experience curating exhibits, knowledge of records management principles and policies in an academic setting, and experience supervising student employees. The successful candidate will also have a proven ability to integrate technology with traditional services and resources, to work collaboratively with library colleagues, faculty, administrators, staff and students, and excellent written and oral communication skills. The successful candidate must be proficient in MS Office, Google Apps (Gmail, Google Docs, etc.) and archival information systems such as ArchivesSpace, Archivists' Toolkit or related collections management software. The selected candidate should also have a demonstrated knowledge of current issues and trends in higher education and academic libraries, knowledge of the procedures for managing and preserving archival records, and knowledge of  the principles, current practices and standards of processing archival collections. Must be available to travel regionally and nationally, work occasional weekend and evening hours, be safety conscious and able to work with a diverse group of individuals. Also requires the ability to lift up to 40 lbs. 

Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check.

Union College

Officially chartered in 1795, Union College is the fifth oldest liberal arts college in the country. Located in the Capital District of New York State, Union is a highly selective residential and undergraduate college, home to 2,200 students and 220 faculty, and offering 44 majors. Union was the first liberal arts college to rethink the traditional liberal arts education and adopt an engineering curriculum. That pioneering approach continues today with an education that encourages students to work beyond the limits of disciplinary boundaries, allowing them to think globally and lead innovatively in a world where problem solving requires breadth across humanities, arts, social sciences, science, and engineering.

Union College offers an exceptional benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, life and disability coverage, a generous retirement plan and tuition remission.

Diversity at Union College

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities that request such accommodations.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Union College will not discriminate in the recruitment or selection of faculty and employees, or in any other area of employment, on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin, religion, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and veteran status. In this regard, opportunities for advancement will be made available without bias. The College is also subject to state and federal laws, supports efforts to attract and retain fully qualified women and other minority group members for faculty and other positions. Union College will comply with the letter and intent of all State and Federal laws and applicable orders pursuant to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

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