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Special Collections Instruction Librarian and Assistant Professor

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Work Type: Faculty Full Time
Location: Dayton, OH
Category: Faculty
Department: Marian Library - 240200
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Position Summary:

The Position
This is a 12 month, full-time, 35 hours per week, tenure track faculty position at the rank of assistant professor beginning July 1, 2024. Reporting to the Director of the Marian Library, the successful candidate will play an important role in developing and implementing the Marian Library’s instruction program using rare and distinctive materials, in close collaboration with other University Libraries faculty. They will oversee and contribute to the development, processing, arrangement, and description of the Marian Library's archival collections consisting of papers, photographs, three-dimensional objects, and appropriate websites and digital files.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Create meaningful opportunities for engagement with rare and distinctive materials with a focus on the Marian Library’s collections.
  • Promote, develop and conduct library instruction sessions using Marian Library materials in collaboration with University Libraries colleagues.
  • Create and maintain a shared repository of lesson plans, activities, and learning materials for primary source instruction, and works closely with faculty within the library and throughout campus to incorporate primary source instruction.
  • Identify and implement best practices for curricular and co-curricular programming for rare and distinctive collections within the University Libraries, including assessment of learning outcomes.
  • Serve as a liaison to assigned departments / disciplines, which may include research, support, instruction, and collection development.
  • Process analog and digital archival collections, including rehousing, arrangement, and description within ArchivesSpace.
  • Collect websites within the Marian Library collecting scope using Archive-It and provides metadata for access.
  • Provide information about the Marian Library’s archives and its holdings, locate material relevant to the research interests of patrons, assist and monitor onsite researchers, and respond to reference requests in a timely manner.
  • Coordinate archival projects for student employees, interns, graduate assistants, or volunteers.
  • Select items for digitization and work with colleagues on description, access, and preservation of digital files.
  • Contribute content to the Marian Library blog, social media, and other publications.
  • Contribute to the implementation of the Libraries’ and University’s strategic plans, including for inclusive excellence.
  • Conduct research and disseminate the findings through publication in peer-reviewed journals, major national meetings, and other venues.
  • Serve on various library, University, and professional committees.

The Marian Library
Established by the Marianists in 1943, the Marian Library is recognized as one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive collections of materials on Mary. Researchers, students, and visitors come from all over the world to consult the Marian Library’s extensive holdings, from illuminated manuscripts to modern Marian research; from Marian postcards and stamps to paintings and sculptures; from souvenirs from Marian shrines to rare 18th-century holy cards. The collection includes over 112,200 books related to Mary, 10,000 holy cards, and 3,600 nativity sets. As devotions to Mary are present in cultural traditions worldwide, the collection is international in scope and includes materials in 100 languages. The University Libraries invites the campus community to experience this collection through programming and curricular partnerships. Recent exhibits have highlighted specific collections with local to global relevance, such as the Ukrainian Marian Collection and the Mary Gardens Collections. The Marian Library is an essential embodiment of the University’s Catholic and Marianist identity.

The University
At the University of Dayton, we value inclusive excellence because we recognize that diversity, equity and inclusion are fundamental to academic and institutional excellence. Inclusive excellence requires a comprehensive, cohesive and collaborative alignment of infrastructure, resources and actions. We strive to be active, intentional, and sustain engagement with and celebration of diversity in every dimension of institutional life. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage all candidates to apply. Learn more about the University Libraries commitment to inclusive excellence on our website: https://udayton.edu/libraries/about/diversity.php

The University of Dayton offers a strong benefits package, including tuition remission for self and immediate family, 22 vacation days, and 17 University holidays, including the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Relocation assistance is available for candidates who live outside the region. To make it easy to learn about benefits, the University has posted information on the Human Resources website: http://www.udayton.edu/hr/ The University is located on a picturesque 388-acre campus comprising over 40 academic, recreational, athletic, and administrative facilities. Visit here for a virtual tour of our campus!

City of Dayton
The Dayton metro area has a population of about 850,000 and is a diverse community with a renewed downtown, a set of historic neighborhoods, and a highly favorable cost of living. Dayton is noted for its long history of innovation and invention, and has a vibrant and growing business environment. It is also home to corporations such as CareSource, LexisNexis, Reynolds & Reynolds, and to the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The Dayton area is a great place to live.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Completion of at least 33 credit hours of an ALA-accredited MLS program at the time of application, with degree conferred by December 31, 2024.
  • Experience or coursework with special collections, museums, archives, or primary sources
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Potential for excellence in librarianship, research, and service
Preferred Qualifications:

While not everyone may meet all preferred qualifications, the ideal candidate will bring many of the following:

  • Successful experience in, or with, one or more of the following:
    • Teaching in an academic setting
    • Teaching with rare and distinctive collections
    • Archival content management systems such as ArchivesSpace, Archivists Toolkit, or Archon
    • Web archiving and web archiving tools such as Archive-It, Webrecorder, or Conifer
    • Working independently and as part of a collaborative team
    • Working with a growing culturally diverse campus population
  • Education in religious history, art history, or another field appropriate to the collections of the Marian Library
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills
  • Effective oral communication skills
  • Effective classroom management skills
  • Commitment to breadth of education including educating the whole person in the Marianist tradition to support the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion and a commitment of service to the community, university and profession
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application Process
To apply candidates should submit:

  • A cover letter that addresses how the candidate meets each of the required and any of the preferred qualifications, as well as a brief statement of the research area they would like to pursue as they advance toward tenure and/or promotion
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A 300-500 word statement about their previous and planned contributions to diversity, equity, and/or inclusion, and how informs their work as a librarian
  • For individuals applying prior to completing their MLS degree, a copy of an unofficial transcript is also required along with a letter from an advisor indicating progression toward degree completion
  • Contact information for three references who will be contacted if applicants are selected for an on-campus interview

Finalists for this position will be required to make a 20-30 minute oral presentation. The presentation prompt will be provided 2 weeks before the on-campus interview.

Posting closes at 11:55 PM EST on February 29, 2024.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. We will not sponsor applicants for work visas for this position.

Closing Statement:

The University of Dayton is a top tier, Catholic research university with offerings from the undergraduate to the doctoral levels. Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, the University is a diverse community committed to advancing the common good through intellectual curiosity, academic rigor, community engagement and local, national and global partnerships. Guided by the Marianist educational philosophy, we educate the whole person and link learning and scholarship with leadership and service.

Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The University is also pleased to provide support for spouses of prospective and newly hired faculty through its dual career program. While we cannot guarantee placement, we serve as an effective resource and support system for your spouse. Information can be found at http://www.udayton.edu/hr/employee_resources/dual_career_resources.php


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