William & Mary Libraries
Francis Lightfoot Robb Special Collections Librarian for Public Services

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) of the William & Mary Libraries is seeking a Special Collections Librarian for Public Services to deliver a range of user-focused services including, but not limited to:

  • Coordination of onsite and remote reference and research services.
  • Providing instruction to undergraduate and graduate classes on the use of special collections, and analyzing and interpreting primary sources.
  • Development and implementation of policies and procedures for reference, duplication, access, stacks maintenance, security, and reading room services in the SCRC in accordance with identified standards and best practices.
  • In coordination with the Library’s External Relations Office, promoting and marketing the SCRC’s initiatives, collections, programming, and services through tours, presentations, open houses, publications, social media, and other appropriate means.
  • Building relationships with the Library’s Research Department and Instruction Team.
  • Compiling statistics on the use of special collections.
  • Curation of physical and online exhibits.

This position reports to the Director of Special Collections and supervises two part–time staff as well as students and volunteers. As with all Special Collections staff, the selected candidate will also arrange and describe archives and manuscript collections and assist with enhancing the description of rare books and other special collections materials. Occasional evening and weekend hours are required.

The ideal candidate will enjoy working with people from diverse backgrounds, be committed to providing excellent customer services, and have a passion for developing effective and efficient research and reference services. S/he will have strong written and interpersonal communication skills, and be willing to bring innovative and engaging pedagogical approaches to the interpretation and use of primary source materials.

We are committed to enhancing and promoting diversity and inclusion, and welcome applications from individuals who have life experiences similar to those of underrepresented populations of the University.

Required Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in library/information science, archival studies, public history, or a related discipline.
  • Experience providing public services in a special collections, special library or archival repository.
  • Strong commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience using technology to provide reference and instructional services.
  • Experience providing instruction with primary sources
  • Experience supervising staff, students, or volunteers.
  • Experience curating library exhibits.

William & Mary is one of America’s oldest and best universities. Located in beautiful, historic Williamsburg, Virginia, the university claims both Jon Stewart and Thomas Jefferson as alumni. U.S. News and World Report recently ranked us sixth among all public universities, and the Library itself was ranked 17th on the list of best college libraries in the country. Working at William and Mary Libraries offers the opportunity to make a positive impact in the educational experience of our small, smart, diverse student body and the chance to experiment with new technologies and projects. The Libraries provide support for training and opportunities for campus wide engagement.

The College is committed to offering its employees an attractive program of benefits that fosters well-being, acknowledges the need for balance in the work, family and personal lives of employees which, in turn, enables and sustains a productive workplace. To view benefits available, please go to http://www.wm.edu/offices/hr/currentemployees/benefits/classifiedandoperational/index.php.

Living in Williamsburg offers residents multiple opportunities to explore and experience U.S. American history, to visit riverfront beaches and restaurants, to play at major tourist attractions, and to invest time in personal pursuits, such as  music, art, museums, shopping, food and wine/beer, hiking/bicycling, nature, sports and water sports, festivals and more.  Williamsburg feels like a small college and tourist town, but offers a wide range of restaurants and shopping opportunities, and is close enough to larger cities such as Richmond and Virginia Beach that a world of exploring can happen within an hour radius.  

This position is open until filled. Review of applications begins on October 16.

To apply go to https://jobs.wm.edu/postings/29708