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Director of Special Collections and Archives

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This is a full time, full year, benefit eligible position. Salary will commensurate with the successful candidate's experience and education. Review of resumes will begin on January 29, 2018.

Posting Details

Position Information

Title Director of Special Collections and Archives
Department Library
Regular or Temporary Regular
Hours Per Week 40
Weeks Per Year


Open Date 11/08/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Full or Part Time Full Time
Position Summary

Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut has an opportunity for a dynamic Director of Special Collections and Archives, Watkinson Library. With nearly 200,000 volumes, the Watkinson Library comprises the Trinity College Library special collections department which is exceptional among small college libraries for its breadth and depth. Its holdings include late medieval manuscripts and early printed books, extensive collections in Americana, European history and literary manuscripts, ornithology, modern fine printing and artists’ book, and a growing college archive.

The Director of Special Collections and Archives reports to the Vice President of Information Services & CIO and is responsible for providing leadership, planning and management of the Library’s special collections, focusing on the promotion, preservation and development of the Watkinson Library and Trinity College Archives. The successful candidate must have a proven track record of engaging in active outreach and instruction to reinforce the importance of primary resource material for teaching and learning; provides research and teaching access to the collections and collaborates in the planning and implementation of new technologies that enhance discoverability and access. Will promote and interpret collections through innovative and engaging physical and digital exhibitions, educational programming, social media and other creative means. Responsibilities also include engagement in donor activities, representing the Library in appropriate local, regional and national venues, reporting out to the Watkinson board and serving as a member of the highly collaborative Information Services leadership team. The director manages two associate curators and one support staff.


ALA accredited MLS or equivalent and a second Masters or PhD in an area of the humanities, sciences or social sciences relating to the collections of the Watkinson Library; a minimum of five years of progressive supervisory experience; proven knowledge of rare books and manuscripts, experience with digital content-development and demonstrated experience with library special collections. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, student scholars within the context of the scholarly process. Track record of effective outreach to a diverse community, with excellent written and oral communications skills. The ability to develop strong partnerships across the campus constituency and within the information services organization. Reading knowledge of Latin, French, Spanish or German is preferred.

Special Instructions to Applicants

This is a full time, full year, benefit eligible position. Salary will commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience and education.

Review of resumes will begin on January 29, 2018.

Posting Number S00524

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Applicant Documents

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  2. Cover Letter
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