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Senior Librarian, Archives & Rare Books Library

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”


With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, eight straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.9 billion.


Job Overview

The University of Cincinnati Libraries seeks a dynamic, strategic-thinking, and collaborative leader to fill the position of the University Archivist and Head of the Archives and Rare Books Library (ARB Library).  The Head of the Archives and Rare Books Library and University Archivist provides leadership and vision for the delivery of responsive and innovative services that support the needs of the University of Cincinnati community and the global community of scholars and researchers.  


The Head supervises the work of the ARB Library and its faculty and staff. The Head is responsible for the development and management of services and collections of the Archives and Rare Books Library, which includes rare books, manuscripts, the University Archives, and other archival and special collections such as the Urban Studies Collection, the German-Americana Collection, and the Local Government Records Collection. Additionally, as University Archivist, the position is responsible for promoting use and engagement with collections documenting the history of the University of Cincinnati and provides leadership oversight of University Records Management Program.  


This is a full-time library faculty tenure-track position.


Relationship and Authority: Reports to and receives general direction from the Associate Dean of Research and Scholarly Resources (vacant). Supervises the staff of the Archives and Rare Books Library.

Essential Functions

  • Provides leadership, advocacy, development, and supervisory oversight to ARB Library staff, including two full-time library faculty members, one project (term) archivist, and 2-3 student worker staff.
  • Leads department in actively participating in the university's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives and ensure department alignment with the Next Lives Here Innovation agenda's practice of inclusive excellence.
  • Leads, plans and directs the activities of the ARB library including budgeting and formulating policies and procedures.
  • Promotes the interpretation and understanding of the university’s history through reference/consultation, outreach (including creation of physical and digital exhibits), research, publication, and instruction.
  • Serves as an initial point of contact for University administration and leadership in seeking University archive-related questions.
  • Provides classroom, individual, and workshop instruction as appropriate to facilitate use of collections.
  • Provides reference/consultation services for Archives and Rare Books Collections.
  • Works with internal and external donors to identify, select, and acquire collections including faculty papers, institutional records, manuscript collections, and rare books of enduring value.
  • Coordinates the management of university records with the ARB Digital Archivist/Records Manager, including approving university records retention schedule.
  • Coordinates ARB digitization projects through collaboration with library departments and with external vendors.
  • Determines strategies for addressing hidden collections and backlog management, including oversight of archival accessioning, arrangement, description and preservation.
  • Demonstrates ability to meet reappointment, promotion, and tenure criteria, including participation in library and university committees, meetings, and workshops as appropriate.

Required Education

Advanced degree in Library and Information Science or Archival Studies or in History, Public History, or other relevant discipline, with experience in archives, archival course work, or archival certificate.

Required Experience

  • Five years of experience working in archives and special collections with progressive responsibility.
  • Experience providing supervisory leadership in a rapidly changing environment.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Experience with current national archival and descriptive standards and best practices, including working knowledge of EAD, DACS and archival collections management platforms (e.g. ArchivesSpace).
  • Reading knowledge of two modern languages, including English.
  • Experience in academic libraries.
  • Experience working with and promoting digital collections.
  • Experience with rare book handling and preservation.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.


Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 87361 


Senior Librarian, Archives & Rare Books Library

Date:  Oct 5, 2022

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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