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Curator, Immigration History Research Center Archives & Head, Migration and Soci

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The University of Minnesota Libraries invites applications for visionary, strategic, and creative leadership for the position of Head of Migration and Social Services Collections (MSSC) and curator of the Immigration History Research Center Archives. This unit, part of the Archives and Special Collections Department, includes three internationally renowned special collections. The Immigration History Research Center Archives (IHRCA), one of the nation’s leading archival repositories of source material on immigration and ethnicity, are particularly rich for immigrant groups that originated in eastern, central, and southern Europe and the eastern Mediterranean basin, as well as emergent immigrant and refugee communities. The IHRC received the 2012 Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award from the Society of American Archivists for its Digitizing Immigrant Letters Project. The Social Welfare History Archives (SWHA) is a unique resource for studying the history of social services in the United States at a national level. More than 300 collections of organizational records and personal papers chronicle the development of a broad range of social service activities in the United States, including neighborhood houses, international adoption, and social health. The SWHA also includes the records of the Nathan and Teresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archive, which documents the experiences of the earliest Jewish settlers in the Upper Midwest to the present. The records of the YMCA of the USA, founded in 1851, and its various committees, programs, and constituent bodies, form the core of the Kautz Family YMCA Archives. The University Libraries and the YMCA partner in support of the archive and its programming. The collections document the evolution of the Y from its Protestant evangelical origins, including its contributions to war relief, the invention of basketball and volleyball, public health campaigns in China, rural reconstruction in India and Korea, teaching English as a second language, and more. The MSSC curator fosters collaborations within the University and actively seeks external partnerships to support and further the mission and activities of MSSC, the Libraries, and the University. The position reports to the Elmer L. Andersen Director of Archives and Special Collections and the unit is one of fourteen archives and special collections units on the Twin Cities campus. The Department of Archives and Special Collections is a dynamic group of archivists and curators dedicated to the preservation of nearly 100,000 cubic feet of collection materials and making them accessible to a world-wide audience. Shared services and programs enable rich exhibits, online services, and collection support. Key responsibilities of the position include engaging with faculty and graduate students as partners in integrating special collections and archival materials and methods into the curriculum; building and managing collections relating to immigration, particularly recent immigrant groups; donor development and stewardship; providing expert research support; engaging the community through programming and outreach; grant development and fund raising; and collaborating on programming with faculty and staff in the Immigration History Research Center (College of Liberal Arts) and with their associated friends group. As head of the Migration and Social Services Collections, the position supervises at least five staff in the Immigration History Research Center Archives, the Social Welfare History Archives (SWHA), and the Kautz Family YMCA Archives; and will have a lead role in shaping programming that encompasses these collections, which are among the most heavily used in the department. The successful candidate will be deeply engaged in achieving department goals and furthering Libraries’ strategic directions; and will contribute to the profession through scholarship and service while working toward continuous appointment. The University Libraries are an integral part of campus life and contribute significant resources and programs to the state, region, and broader profession. The University Libraries provide a highly collaborative environment, distinguished by significant engagement in teaching/learning and research support, significant digital collection and infrastructure development, and new models for advancing access to content and collections. Outreach is strengthened by unparalleled infrastructure for resource sharing, information access, digitization, and digital preservation within the state and region provided by the University Libraries-based Minitex program. The Libraries is a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Center for Library Initiatives, the HathiTrust, the Digital Library Federation, the Center for Research Libraries, the Digital Preservation Network, and the National Digital Stewardship Alliance. The University of Minnesota is a forward-looking and diverse institution located in the center of the vibrant Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Twin Cities are known for their cultural amenities, such as the Guthrie Theater, Walker Art Center, Children’s Theater Company, and Science Museum and for their extensive park and recreational systems. (http://www1.umn.edu/wishyouwerehere/) Required Qualifications: -- ALA-accredited Masters degree in Library/Information Science or an advanced degree with relevant experience. -- Background or training in archival practices. -- Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills. -- Ability to work effectively both independently and in cooperation with colleagues in a service-oriented, collaborative environment. -- Demonstrated creativity, initiative, self-direction, and innovative thinking. -- Demonstrated understanding of pedagogy and educational practices, and emerging library service models. -- Experience in program development. -- Flexibility and openness to change. Preferred Qualifications: -- Evidence of successful and creative management of staff and operations, including the fostering of staff development and growth. -- Knowledge of one or more languages other than English; preference for reading or conversational language abilities in an eastern European language, Hmong, or Somali. -- Facility in the use of technology in an academic context (e.g., EAD, course software such as Moodle). -- Experience in developing working partnerships with academic departments and other campus communities. -- Experience developing digital collections. -- Experience with assessing the effectiveness of library collections and services. -- Demonstrated creative approaches to promoting library services. -- Experience in grants development and fund-raising activities. -- Record of professional contribution. -- Experience working with a community support group. Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time, 12-month, continuous-appointment track, academic/professional position with probationary appointment at Assistant or Associate Librarian. The Libraries offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience, excellent benefits, and a substantial moving allowance. To Apply: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Submit a letter of application addressing all required qualifications and any applicable preferred qualifications; a resume; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current references at https://employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=110303 . Please identify cover letter with UL300. Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background verification. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

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