Emory University Director, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, & Rare Book Library in atlanta, Georgia


Emory Libraries seeks a dynamic professional to provide vision and leadership in the development, promotion, and advancement of its extraordinary Rose Library and all associated collections and operations. The director will work with Rose Library staff, Emory students, faculty, and administrators, as well as friends and researchers from the Emory community and beyond to expand its impact and advance its mission, “ to collect and connect stories of human experience, promote access and learning, and offer opportunities for dialogue for all wise hearts who seek knowledge ”. The Rose Library is a University treasure enthusiastically endorsed, supported, and valued for its esteemed collections.

Theis home to more than 250,000 rare books and serials dating from the 13 th century to the present and over 17,000 linear feet of manuscript material. Rose Library’s collections span more than 800 years of history, with particular depth in modern and contemporary literature which consists of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library, a 75,000 volume collection of rare and first edition of modern and contemporary poetry; African-American history and culture that embraces political and social movements, literature and arts, and sports; and modern political and historical collections documenting the history, culture, and politics of Atlanta, Georgia, and the South. The Rose Library also houses Records Management, and University Archives containing records and special material that document the origins, history, development, activities, and achievements of Emory University and affiliated organizations.

Reporting to the University Librarian, the Director provides vision, leadership, administration, and strategic direction for all programs within the Rose Library. The director strategically aligns collections, services, programs, and outreach with the broader libraries, the community, and Emory’s academic mission. In collaboration with the Rose Library leadership team, the Director actively participates in promotion, marketing, and development efforts. As a member of the Libraries’ senior leadership team, the Director works collaboratively across the organization to integrate special collections into the broader strategic directions of the Libraries and the University, and participates in collaborative programs and services at the local, state, regional, national and international level in the advancement of services, collections, and programs.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Provides vision and leadership in the administration ofthe Rose Library in alignment with the Libraries’ and Emory’s educational and research mission.Collaboratively builds a strategic direction for Rose Library collection development to include University Archives and records, and all associated operations working to align and integrate into the broader goals of the Libraries and the university. Identifies opportunities for the Rose Library to lead regionally and nationally transforming collections and services.

  • The Rose Library has approximately 27 FTE staff, which includes fourdirect reports consisting of three curators and an associate director who manages the division’s departments and units and supervise noted staff and student employees. The director coaches, mentors, and works with direct reports to coordinate recruitment, hiring, supervision, professional development, and evaluation of staff and student employees.

  • Works collaboratively to establish priorities, build strategies, and advance directives for collection development for both digital and print materials. Identifies and initiates collecting areas in support of records management, evolving research, and the teaching mission. Promotes engagement with faculty, University Administration, and donors to build and steward relationships in the advancement of Rose Library collections. Works to increase the use of special collections and University records and archives in the classroom, in digital scholarship initiatives, exhibitions, and in the development of open educational resources.

  • Oversees Rose Library budgets, personnel management, and space planning in collaboration with the leadership team. Initiates timely changes and assessment strategies to advance the organization’s effectiveness, efficiency, and services in all areas. Advocates for internal and external funding for special collections and projects.Provides guidance to enhance appraisal, collection development and collection management capabilities and ensures that allocated funds are managed appropriately.

  • Contributes leadership in library-wide planning, policy making, development and evaluation of services. Participates as a senior manager and Cabinet member of the Libraries.

  • Seeks various pathways to increase the recognition of Rose Library collections and services and promotes the Library’s role in the academic and broader community. Participates as an advocate and the primary spokesperson from the Rose Library to the schools, colleges, and departments and university committees for archives, special collections, and records management.

  • In collaboration with Campus and Community Relations develops and manages a diverse palette of educational public programs, services, and exhibitions to showcase collections, encourage dialogue, and enhance the curricular and scholarly use of Rose Library collections.

  • Encourages and ensures coordination and integration where appropriate encouraging personnel to work across departments to support goals and initiatives. Works with other departments and staff to develop priorities, technical infrastructure and workflows in support of the Libraries strategic priorities.

  • Fosters a collaborative and inclusive work environment in alignment with the Libraries’ and the University’s equity, diversity, and inclusion goals.

  • In collaboration with the University Librarian and the Campus and LITS development office, cultivates donors and other funding opportunities to advance Libraries’ goals, resources and infrastructure.

  • Works with the Rose Library team and Campus and Community Relations to develop relevant publications, websites, video, programming, and activities to highlight collections and fundraising opportunities related to the preservation and expansion of the special collections.

  • Investigates and pursues relevant grant opportunities to expand access to collections, preservation, education, and services.

  • Connects to entities and attends conferences relevant to advancement to build networks and knowledge and expand pipeline.

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science OR equivalent education and experience

  • Minimum of five years of developing and administering special collections within a major research library; familiarity with current special collections practices and initiatives including digital strategies.

  • Demonstrated competence in strategic planning and managing change in complex environments.

  • Experience with budget planning and administration, human resources management, and facilities and space planning.

  • Demonstrated leadership ability, analytical skills, creative and innovative problem-solving skills, and a strong commitment to service excellence.

  • Demonstrated experience in building an effective assessment strategy.

Additional Details

A complete job description will be provided prior to an interview.

Interested candidates should review the applications requirements and apply.

Applications may be submitted as Word or PDF attachments and must include:

1) Cover letter of application describing qualifications and experience;

2) Current resume/vita detailing education and relevant experience; and

3) On a separate document list the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of 3 professional references including a current or previous supervisor.

Candidates applying by March 3, 2018 will receive priority consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position is successfully filled.

Emory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women and minorities.-¿ Advanced degree (subject master¿s or doctoral) in a relevant discipline and/or record of teaching or scholarship preferred.

¿ Specialization in Rare Books or Archival Administration in an academic or special library

¿ Participation in digital and scholarly communications initiatives-79503BR

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Job Number 15752

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division LITS: Library and IT Services

Department LITS: Rose Library

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Not Applicable

Required Documents Cover letter, List of References

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