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4 Boltwood Avenue
Amherst, MA 01002

Company Description:
The Town of Amherst seeks a workforce that reflects the diversity of its community and strives toward racial equity and environmental sustainability. All are encouraged to apply. AA/EEO
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Master's Degree
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The Jones Library, Inc. in Amherst, MA seeks an innovative, enthusiastic, detail-oriented, patron-focused Head of Special Collections. The successful candidate, a key member of the Library’s leadership team, will provide vision, leadership, and administration of the Special Collections department at the Jones Library. The archive includes original manuscripts related to the history of Amherst and the Pioneer Valley, as well as the Library’s Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson collections. The Head works collaboratively with the Library Director and Department Heads in support of Library services, collections, and programs. Collaborates with colleagues from various Amherst Town Departments on Town history projects.

The Jones Library is committed to diversifying its staff and promoting internal candidates with the necessary qualifications and experience.

The Head of Special Collections is responsible for the vision, leadership, and administration of Special Collections at The Jones Library. Participates on the Library’s policy and management team.

Major Duties

  • Develops collections of original manuscripts, early editions, genealogical works, rare books, photographs, maps, and historical documents through community contact and other channels of archival acquisition. Selects current publications according to specialized knowledge of their subject area, guided by the Collection Development Policy. Collections include original manuscripts related to Amherst history and regional history. In addition, the Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson Collections are internally important.
  • Leads special technology projects including content definition and information mapping. Develops content for The Jones Library website, including uploading of finding aids. Develops and conducts digitization programs related to appropriate holdings.

    Responsible for the conservation and preservation plan for Special Collections. Assesses the physical condition of materials and arranges for conservation treatment, as needed. Upgrades storage media as needed. Ensures that collections are properly housed in acid free containers and in an environment with proper temperature and humidity control. Maintains the Disaster Manual for The Jones Library.

  • Conducts Library tours, workshops, demonstrations, lectures, and other educational and cultural programs. Creates attractive and educational historical displays and exhibits. Provides instruction in the use of archival collections and special services, such as internet research. Prepares publicity and press releases for special events and library services. Designs and prepares flyers, handouts, and posters, or arranges for their production.

  • Responsible for donor relations and development activities within Special Collections. Prepares funding proposals to donors as required. Writes and manages grant proposals to develop new services and to enhance care of collections.

  • Responsible for overseeing the cataloguing and access control of all special collections materials, including coordinating retrospective conversion of cataloguing into MARC format for electronic access; indexing of newspapers, photographs, and other materials; preparing finding aids and bibliographic guides to collections and other sources of information for general distribution. Follows national standards and best practices for archival description.

  • Provides specialized reference assistance to scholars and general public using Special Collections. Receives and answers questions in person, by mail, telephone, and email. Keeps statistics on collection use, reference contacts, attendance at programs, and other activities. Prepares and submits reports to the Director annually and on demand. Acts as registrar for material that is loaned from the Archive and handles all risk management and exhibition loan form requirements.

  • Maintains the inventory of The Jones Library’s Fine Arts Collections, including paintings, sculpture, decorative art objects, furnishings, and oriental rugs. Conducts research related to these collections and handles museum loans for outside exhibitions. Arranges for collection appraisals.

  • Represents the Library as a liaison person with all other community organizations on local history, including Amherst Historical Society, Amherst Historical Commission, and Dickinson Homestead. Promotes, publicizes, and creates awareness of Special Collections by maintaining ties within the community, as well as creating productive academic relations.

  • Develops and manages a volunteer and intern program taking advantage of assistance of skilled and subject knowledgeable community volunteers/interns. Establishes departmental policies, procedures, goals, and priorities. Keeps informed on developments in library science, including uses of information technology, conservation and preservation techniques, copyright legislation, and trends in education.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned by Director.

To view the full job description, please visit https://ma-amherst4.civicplus.com/jobs.aspx 

The Town of Amherst seeks a workforce that reflects the diversity of its community, and strives toward racial equity and environmental sustainability. All are encouraged to apply. AA/EEO.

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