Sunday March 18th 2018




Head, Distinctive Collections at Arizona State University

Are you ready to lead distinctive collections at the most innovative university in the country?

Ranked #1 for innovation three years in a row by U.S. News and World Report, Arizona State University has become the foundational model for a new paradigm for public higher education – committed to access, excellence and impact – and is now actively engaged in building a new library for the 21st century. ASU Library, serving as a critical gateway to ASU’s growing research and knowledge enterprise, works to collaborate, educate and innovate across disciplines, communities and technologies, while leveraging key research and learning opportunities that are unique to ASU.

ASU Library seeks a highly motivated, collaborative, and service-oriented collections development and management professional to lead the Distinctive Collections team in the strategy, planning, policy development, donor relationship development, and management of distinctive collections, both print and digital.  This position also provides leadership and vision for a community-focused approach to the selection, organization, and ongoing management of distinctive collections housed in ASU Libraries’ closed stacks, including rare books and manuscripts and portions of the Greater Arizona, Chicano Research, Latin American, Music, Design, and Child Drama & Theater collections. The successful candidate will actively seek strategic partnerships with local, state, national, and international entities to further the work of ASU Library and align our collections with the needs of the ASU community and the goals and mission of Arizona State University. S/he is also responsible for hiring, training, and evaluating personnel within this unit, including a team of curators and archives specialists.

A focus of the position is to work closely with key stakeholders to define distinctive collections development policies and processes; determine preservation, conservation, and reformatting priorities; steward donor relationships; manage distinctive collections documentation; and develop and oversee reference services for rare, unique, and archival materials. The successful candidate will work closely with other units to ensure exemplary preservation protocols and closed stacks management, efficient and appropriate acquisition and processing, and alignment with Library and University initiatives. S/he will use innovative approaches to problem solving and collection assessment tools for data analysis and decision making.

ASU Library is a strong supporter of student success and a critical partner in realizing the New American University mission of access, excellence and impact. Success at ASU is measured not by whom we exclude, but rather by whom we include and how they succeed.

A center of energy, imagination and innovation, ASU Library is home to nine library facilities across five ASU campus locations – providing students and faculty access to millions of information resources, world-class collections, outstanding study spaces, advanced data centers and a suite of makerspaces and creative services. More information about the library can be found at

Required Qualifications:

  • MLS/MLIS from an ALA accredited institution or advanced degree in a relevant field
  • 6 or more years of experience working in collection development and management in an academic or research institution or archives
  • Experience supervising staff

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in selecting and managing rare books, special collections, or archival materials
  • Experience in writing successful grants
  • Experience facilitating project teams and/or working groups
  • Proficiency using spreadsheets and data analysis tools to make decisions and/or communicate to a variety of stakeholders.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Salary and Rank: This is a continuing appointment track Academic Professional position; Associate/Full Librarian and salary dependent upon experience.

Application Procedures: Application packet consists of a cover letter, comprehensive vita or resume, and names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of 3 recent professional references.  The application should be sent as a single (one) complete electronic file to Lillie Johnson.  Questions about the position and search should be directed to Lorrie McAllister, Associate University Librarian for Collections and Strategy.

Application Deadline: Application deadline is February 7, 2018; applications will be reviewed weekly thereafter until the search is closed.

Other Information: Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.  A background check is required for employment.  For more information regarding ASU and the visit our web site:  For the Tempe and/or Phoenix area, please visit

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  Women and minorities are welcomed and encouraged to apply.

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