Colgate University, University Libraries

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Position ID:Colgate-University Libraries-SPECIALCOLLECTIONS [#21887]
Position Title: University Archivist and Head of Special Collections and University Archives
Position Type:Open Rank
Position Location:Hamilton, New York 13346, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Library / Special Collections
Appl Deadline: finished (2022/06/06, finished 2023/06/10, listed until 2022/12/06)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

As part of our strategic cluster hiring initiative, Colgate University Libraries is looking for a University Archivist and Head of Special Collections and University Archives. This is an open-rank position that provides leadership, vision, planning, and budgetary management for the Special Collections and University Archives. This includes the development, preservation, organization, and promotion of print and digital collections. As part of the outreach and engagement team, the University Archivist will work directly with students, faculty, university departments and programs, alumni, and community members. This reinforces the role of primary source materials as curricular resources. The University Archivist will preserve and make accessible the history of Colgate, and champion continued growth of the department’s digital collections. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a creative and collaborative approach to the implementation of strategic changes in the department’s procedures; ensure timely response to researchers’ needs; and develop innovative programs and exhibits drawing on the entire collection. The department has the opportunity to focus on incorporating diverse voices into these collections and more fully represent the Colgate experience. Finally, the Head of Special Collections and University Archives will work collaboratively with the members of the Picker Art Gallery and Longyear Museum of Anthropology to develop new pedagogical approaches to object-based teaching and learning and envisioning shared storage of collections in conversation with the Middle Campus Initiative for Arts, Creativity, and Innovation.

A more detailed list of required and preferred qualifications for the University Archivist and Head of Special Collections and University Archives can be found here We are most interested in finding the best candidate for this position, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t have all the preferred qualifications. Please apply for this position to Academic Jobs Online including the following:

1. A cover letter, which should address the following questions: a. Please outline your professional development and scholarly plans and goals, as well as any resources that you will need for pursuing these interests (national or international conferences, collaborators, workshops, etc.) b. How do you envision Colgate University Libraries supporting you in reaching these goals? c. What initiatives or contributions in the area of DEI demonstrate your awareness and sensitivity towards promoting an inclusive work environment?

2. Your most recent CV

3. Names and email addresses of three references. (The committee will contact those references at a later stage.)

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. If you have any questions about this position, please email the search committee chair and University Librarian Courtney L. Young (

Colgate is a vibrant liberal arts university of 3000 students situated in central New York state. Colgate faculty are committed to excellence in both teaching and scholarship. Applicants with dual-career considerations can find postings of other employment opportunities at Colgate and other institutions of higher education in upstate New York at It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
email address
Colgate University Libraries
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346