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Head, Archives & Special Collections, University of Manitoba Libraries, Start Date January 1, 2020

1 Oct 2019 11:08 AM | Anonymous

Job Description:

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA LIBRARIES Head, Archives & Special Collections The University of Manitoba Libraries seeks an innovative, dynamic, service-oriented information professional for the position of Head, Archives & Special Collections at an Associate Librarian/Librarian rank to begin January 1, 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter. This position normally has a two year probationary period and the salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Reporting to the Associate University Librarian, Research Support Services, the Head, Archives & Special Collections will lead a team of professional and para-professional staff including interns to acquire, preserve, and make available archives, which support the faculty, staff, students, and programs at the University of Manitoba. The Head, Archives & Special Collections oversees the operations of the Archives & Special Collections and works collaboratively with the Libraries' senior management and colleagues to transform the libraries and its archives and special collections into a hub for student and faculty engagement. A more detailed position description is available at:


The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications: " A Master's degree in archival studies or a Master's degree in library and/or information studies from an ALA accredited or equivalent institution; " At least 7 years' professional experience working in an archives, preferably in an academic institution; " Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of best practices, current issues, and trends in archives; " Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of best practices, current issues, and trends in managing born-digital and digitized content; " Demonstrated management, leadership, and supervisory experience; " Demonstrated ability to manage a complex workload in a timely and effective manner; " Effective oral and written communication skills; " Demonstrated teamwork and interpersonal skills and experience cultivating collaborative relationships with donors, staff, library colleagues, faculty, students, campus partners, and the community. Candidates with the following additional qualifications will be preferred: " Direct experience managing born-digital and digitized content; " Direct experience working with rare books and special collections; " Direct experience in a leadership position; " Knowledge and understanding of archival decolonization and Indigenization.

Additional Information:

The University of Manitoba Libraries ( are located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and on the homeland of the Metis Nation. The libraries consist of 11 units located on the Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses including the Archives and Special Collections. The University of Manitoba Archives ( includes private collections such as those of the polar explorer, Andrew Taylor; the Manitoba Gay and Lesbian Archives; the United Grain Growers Ltd.; ecologist and University of Manitoba alumna, Jennifer Shay; and passionate advocate for Indigenous rights, Walter Rudnicki. The University of Manitoba, located in Winnipeg, is a member of the U15 and is the province's largest, most comprehensive post-secondary educational institution. More than 28,000 students from all over the world currently study here in a wide range of programs in the liberal arts and sciences, the creative arts, and the professions. Winnipeg is also home to the Hudson's Bay Company Archives, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, Centre du patrimoine, and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Offering a variety of arts, culture, sports, recreation and entertainment, Winnipeg is a mid-sized city of culturally diverse people located in the geographical center of North America ( Librarians and archivists enjoy academic status and are appointed to one of four ranks: General, Assistant, Associate, and Librarian, with possibility of promotion. The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact U of M's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Facilitator, Valerie Williams at or 204-474-8371.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Applicants should submit their application referring to Position # AE541 including a curriculum vitae and the names and addresses (including e-mail addresses and phone numbers) of three references to the address below. Lisa O'Hara Vice Provost (Libraries) and University Librarian The University of Manitoba Libraries Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2 Email:

Review of applications will begin October 31, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provisions of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Manitoba). Please note that curriculum vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process.

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