Director of Special Collections & College Archives, Lafayette College Libraries

Lafayette College Libraries

Lafayette College Libraries, winner of the 2014 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, seeks applications and nominations for the position of Director of Special Collections & College Archives.  Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, the director provides leadership and vision for the collections, services and programs of the Special Collections & College Archives unit of a premier liberal arts college library.

Lafayette’s Special Collections are notable for their close connections to the College community, including a robust program of library instruction, research services, exhibits and events.  The excellent collections are especially strong in holdings related to the Marquis de Lafayette, slavery and abolition, artists’ books, and College history.  The College Archives supports the administrative and historical needs of the College.  The Special Collections & College Archives facility occupies prime space in the renovated Skillman Library, including a beautiful reading room and adjacent seminar and lecture rooms.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Provides strategic leadership for Special Collections & Archives including collection development, management, digitization, reference, instruction, exhibits and programs.
  • Develops solutions to address the challenges and opportunities facing Special Collections, including the implementation of digital tools for collection management, preservation, and access.
  • Participates in teaching and reference and promotes the collection through outreach and programming.
  • Builds collections that support the curriculum and faculty interests, and which document underrepresented voices in the College and local community.
  • Collaborates with colleagues across the Libraries, especially with Digital Scholarship Services to develop strategies for digital access and preservation.
  • Work with the Dean of Libraries to pursue opportunities to support and expand the work of Special Collections through grants, foundations and fundraising.
  • Manages and evaluates the work of the unit’s two professional positions, the College Archivist and Rare Books Cataloger, facilitates their professional growth, and encourages participatory leadership within the unit.
  • Manages and evaluates the work of support staff and students.
  • Represents Special Collections & Archives in local, statewide and national organizations.  Engages in continuous professional development.


  • An ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library or information science, with second Master’s preferred; or an equivalent level of education and experience.
  • Significant experience of at least 5 years in a special collections environment, with evidence of increasing responsibility, innovative leadership, and successful personnel supervision.
  • Evidence of broad knowledge of best practices in special collections and archives.
  • Proven track record of engaging students, faculty and the community through special collections outreach, exhibits, and instruction.
  • The ability to articulate the value of special collections and archives to learning, research, teaching, and community engagement.
  • Experience with collection management and preservation tools including ArchivesSpace and Archivists’ Toolkit.
  • Demonstrated expertise in digitization of archival and unique collections and the development of digital libraries to enhance access.
  • Understanding of metadata standards and their application in digital libraries.
  • Excellent skills in collaboration, communication, and self-education.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Track record of successful grantsmanship and evidence of success in the stewardship of donors.
  • Experience in or familiarity with a liberal arts college environment.

Salary Range

Starting at $80,000

This is a full-time, 12-month position which will begin on July 1, 2019. Lafayette College offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package as compensation.

Lafayette College is located in Easton, PA, 70 miles west of New York City, 60 miles north of Philadelphia, and 35 miles south of the scenic Pocono Mountains. Overlooking the Delaware River, Easton offers direct access to the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, including the D & L Canal Trail for biking and hiking.  As part of the culturally vibrant Lehigh Valley with neighboring cities Bethlehem and Allentown, Easton is home to a dynamic restaurant culture, annual festivals, a historic farmers’ market, and arts institutions such as the Karl Stirner Arts Trail.

For consideration, please submit a resume and cover letter addressing job qualifications and the names of three professional references to Anne Houston, Dean of Libraries, via Interfolio at Review of applications will begin on early March, and will continue until the position is filled.

Lafayette College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, religion, age, military or veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or familial status, pregnancy, genetic information, or any characteristic protected by law, in its educational programs and activities, admissions, or employment, as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable laws and College policies. Lafayette College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.

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