Head of Technical Services for Special Collections, UVA Library

By Diana Ascher March 20, 2019

Website UVA Library

The University of Virginia Library is seeking interested applicants for the newly created position of Head of Technical Services for Special Collections. The Head of Technical Services will work with the Associate University Librarian for Special Collections and Preservation and other staff on developing the collection in ways that center social and reparative justice. They will lead accessioning, arrangement and description, rare book cataloging, and collection management activities. The Head of Technical Services for Special Collections will examine current practices, processes, and systems with a commitment to initiate reparative efforts that would lead to greater representation of individuals and groups in our collections and physical spaces.

Major duties that are required to perform the primary purpose:

Reparative work– lead efforts to examine current practices and processes in technical services, and rebuild using a reparative framework

Access and Discovery– will directly oversee manuscript and archival processing and rare book cataloging activities, ensuring that activities adhere to best practices and national standards; will keep apprised of developments in these areas, and facilitate ongoing continuing education for staff in the unit; will work with the AUL, curators, and other staff to establish processing and cataloging priorities.

Collection Development– will work with staff on prioritization for collection development efforts and on appraisal decisions for potential new collections.

Collection Management – will work with staff on space planning for onsite and offsite storage and will lead efforts to examine future storage needs for the collections.

Instruction and Outreach – will be an enthusiastic promoter of using primary source materials in the classroom, and will work with other Special Collections staff and faculty on developing primary source literacy among students.

Public Service – will have regular hours at the reference desk and will work alongside colleagues in assisting students, faculty, fellows, and scholars with the discovery of appropriate resources for their research needs.


    • ALA-accredited graduate degree or accredited graduate degree in another appropriate discipline, 10 years of relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree
    • Minimum of four years of experience in an archival or special collections libraryenvironment working directly with a variety of collections
    • Previous supervisory experience
    • Understanding of and commitment to nationally-accepted standards, vocabularies, and best practices pertinent to archives and special collections, to include the following: Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS), EAD, EAC-CPF, LCSH, AAT, RDA,and MARC.
    • Outstanding interpersonal and collaborative skills
    • Experience in appraisal, processing, cataloging, reference
    • Demonstrated commitment to inclusivity, diversity, equity, and accessibility


Position Compensation Range: $75,000.00 – $80,000.00 Annual



PROCESS FOR INTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs”, and search for ‘Head of Technical Services’. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/Resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, address).

PROCESS FOR EXTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: Please visit UVA job board Workday, (uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UVAJobs/job/…) complete the application and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, address). You may upload multiple documents in the Resume/CV box. Applications that are missing required documents will not receive full consideration. For questions about the Application process please contact Rhiannon O’Coin, Academic recruiter, rmo2r@virgia.edu


The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person’s perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color,  disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.