Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Oregon Multicultural Librarian

Oregon Multicultural Librarian, Assistant Professor, University Archives, Oregon State University Libraries

OSU Libraries invites applications for the position of Oregon Multicultural Librarian, a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, tenure track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level.

The Oregon Multicultural Librarian plays the lead role in collaborative collection development of the Oregon Multicultural Archives (OMA), one of the Libraries’ key special initiatives. The OM librarian is a member of the University Archives unit within the University Libraries. The University Archives’ primary function is to develop the University’s historical records program through the acquisition, arrangement and description, preservation, digitization and display of university records, faculty papers and other OSU related collections. The University Archives also collects and makes available historical materials pertaining to natural resources, especially forestry, and documents the lives and activities of cultural and ethnic groups in Oregon. The Oregon Multicultural Archives comprehensively acquires, preserves, and makes available collections documenting the African American, Asian American, Latino/a and Native American communities of Oregon. The OMA’s diverse collections reflect how these communities have contributed to the identity of the state of Oregon and advance scholarship in ethnic studies and diversity both on the Oregon State University campus as well as on a state and regional level.

Working with Oregon’s cultural and ethnic communities, such as the Urban League of Portland and Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes, the OM librarian will work to strengthen the OMA holdings while expanding its digital presence. Outreach to OSU faculty, students, alumni and organizations is also a key component of this position, supporting university wide efforts to emphasize diversity, cross-cultural literacy, and community engagement. Reporting to the University Archivist, the OM librarian position actively participates in research, creative professional activities, and professional service.

• MLS degree from an ALA-accredited library school or foreign equivalent; or M.A. in History with a minimum of 12 credit hours in archives administration.
• Demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and concepts, including metadata schemes used in the development of finding aids in archival collections, such as Encoded Archival Description, Dublin Core and MARC.
• Ability to work with a broad range of researchers in the use and appropriate handling of archival materials.
• Demonstrated knowledge of the preservation of fragile materials.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
• One to two years of professional work experience in a special collection or archival unit with a focus on cultural and ethnic collections.
• Experience working on digital library team projects.
• Fluency in reading, writing and speaking Spanish.
• Previous supervisory experience.
Salary range for this position is $42,000-$52,000 depending on education and experience.

A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity is a required qualification.

Please visit to read the full position description and to submit your cover letter and vita, including three references with complete contact information. Apply to posting #0005583. For full consideration submit documents by Friday, May 28, 2010. OSU is an AA/EOE, and has a policy of being responsive to dual-career needs.

For questions about this position, please contact Jane Nichols, Search Committee Chair, at 541-737-7269 or

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