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Position Information School/College UAB Libraries Title UAB Libraries - Assistant Dean for Historical Collections Assignment Category Full-Time Rank Open Rank Tenure Status Non-Tenure Track Payroll Status Faculty 12 Job Description The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Libraries seek an innovative, creative, and dynamic professional for the position of Assistant Dean for Historical Collections. This position, reporting to the Dean of Libraries, will provide administrative oversight and coordinate operations of three Historical Collections units (Reynolds-Finley Historical Library, Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences, and University Archives). In close collaboration with the Dean of UAB Libraries and Historical Collections faculty and staff, this position will ensure dynamic, relevant, and cohesive programming, outreach, and collection development and preservation for UAB’s historical collections. The Historical Collections at the UAB Libraries encompass: · The Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences, a collection of artifacts, equipment, and apparatus documenting the history of medicine in all the health science professional fields. · UAB Archives, the official archival repository for the university that documents all areas of campus which also includes a wide range of manuscript collections in the health sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities. · The Reynolds-Finley Historical Library, a history of medicine and science collection with rare books and manuscript texts dating from the 14th through the mid-20th centuries. · The Sterne Rare Book Collection, a specialized collection of published material from the 18th through the 20th centuries Specific duties include: 1. Provides administrative oversight for the Historical Collections units, including direct supervision of three department heads (Curator of RFHL, Curator of AMHS, and University Archivist), budget, policies, priorities, strategy, assessment, and grant-writing. 2. Works with the Dean of Libraries and the Historical Collections faculty and staff to set a vision for the department, and promotes this vision to stakeholders, including donors, faculty, and researchers. 3. Coordinates the efforts to preserve, promote, publicize, and expand awareness of historical collections through digitization, exhibits, programs, displays, public lectures, workshops, tours, and other methods. Collaborates with and supports the department heads of the Historical Collections units in their similar efforts. Works closely with the Department of Digitization and Digital Preservation on digitization and digital preservation initiatives. 4. Works closely with the RFHL Steering Committee and other relevant groups to cultivate productive working relationship with the Historical Collections’ supporters. 5. In collaboration with the Dean, liaises between Historical Collections and UAB Advancement to engage and cultivate current and future donors to UAB Libraries’ Historical Collections. 6. Contributes to teaching, learning, and research on campus by collaborating with the Historical Collections faculty and staff on hosting workshops, providing in-class instruction, and leading seminars using historical collection materials. 7. Serves on the libraries’ leadership team and integrates the work of the Historical Collections units with the libraries as a whole. Required Qualifications An MLS/MLIS from an ALA accredited institution or an MA in Museum Studies (preferably with professional library experience) · Progressively responsible leadership experience in a special or historical collections library, museum, or archives · A record of accomplishment in scholarly publishing, presentations, and professional service to meet faculty qualifications · Exceptional written and oral communication skills Preferred Qualifications An advanced degree in history or another relevant subject field · Experience in a collection with a strong health science component · Experience providing outreach to academic and scholarly communities · Proven ability to maintain relationships with donors and supporters · Experience in grant writing, fundraising, and event planning · Teaching experience at the university level · Knowledge and experience in the maintenance and preservation of library, archival, and museum collections, both physical and digital collections · Demonstrated understanding of the application of technology in the service of special collections Posting Detail Information Posting Number F2168P Open Date 07/21/2023 Close Date Open Until Filled Special Instructions to Applicants NOTE: The UAB Libraries has expressly engaged Jack Farrell & Associates ( to find the winning candidate for this important position. Interested candidates should provide a CV and 2-page cover by email to Mike Bennett ( The cover letter should address: 1) why am I interested?, 2) how am I qualified?, and 3) what might the Historical Collections unit look like in several years under my stewardship? Thank you. JO 202305043 EEO Statement UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans. COVID-19 Vaccination Statement The laws and regulations regarding mandatory COVID-19 vaccination continue to evolve. Please be aware that UAB may determine that obtaining the COVID-19 or related vaccination is a requirement for this position, based on legal changes or otherwise. If that occurs, the successful candidate may be required to submit proof of vaccination or obtain an approved vaccination exemption as a condition of employment. Pre-employment Background Check A pre-employment background check investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment. Drug/Nicotine Screen (if applicable)

Price - 59100 - 74900

• Location: Birmingham, AL Birmingham, AL Alabama

• Post ID: 5110534768 Birmingham

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