|Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
- Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in an archives or special collections.
- Knowledge and experience processing archival materials.
- Experience with public services in an archives or library.
- Experience as a supervisor of staff.
- Strong communication skills.
- Demonstrated leadership within a library or archives setting.
- Experience with library systems such as Ex Libris/ALMA, OCLC, ArchivesSpace, and Aeon.
- Knowledge of current national data content and structure standards such as DACS and EAD.
- Knowledge of basic preservation and conservation standards for archival materials.
- Knowledge of basic records management processes and best practices.
- Knowledge digital records processes and best practices.
- Experience with grant-writing.
Under the supervision of the Director of Special Collections and Archives, the University Archivist and Head of UW-Madison Archives provides vision and leadership for the Archives and Records Management Department. The University Archivist and Head of UW-Madison Archives provides expertise in archives and records administration; access to university records and archives in all formats; instructional activities and research support; and developing events, exhibitions, and presentations that interpret the university's history for a diverse audience.
The University Archivist and Head of UW-Madison Archives must be service-oriented and have excellent communication skills. The person in this position must be a dynamic public speaker, comfortable in front of diverse audiences. They will work in a highly collaborative work environment, which requires an ability to work with a variety of departments and colleagues across the library system and campus.
The University Archivist and Head of UW-Madison Archives supervises four full-time staff members: the Head of the Oral History Program, Digital and Media Archivist, Processing Archivist, and Records Officer. Additionally, the University Archivist and Head of UW-Madison Archives oversees interns and student employees directly and indirectly.
The Libraries at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are dedicated to the practices of social justice, diversity, equality, and respect among our staff, students, collections, and services. We strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society and embrace diverse points of view as assets to the fabric of our community. All positions will be called on to contribute to building this environment, and we encourage candidates to apply who share these values.
Archives and Records Management, located in Steenbock Memorial Library, is one of four libraries in the division of Special Collections & Archives, along with the Department of Special Collections, the Kohler Art Library, and the Mills Music Library. A unit of the General Library System, Archives and Records Management contains over 26,000 c.f. of paper materials, over 2 million images, over 1600 oral histories, plus other media in many formats (audio tapes, film, videocassettes, transcriptions disks, electronic formats, etc.).
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is long established as a preeminent public research university. The impact and achievements from the research, teaching and service learning conducted by its faculty, staff and students is far-reaching and global in scope. The University today is fully engaged in educational innovation.
The libraries on the campus of UW-Madison reflect the breadth and comprehensiveness of the University's highly ranked schools, colleges, departments, centers, and institutes. The libraries are a highly valued partner in teaching, research and learning at the university. The library values the depth of academic disciplines, requiring creative strategies to provide support for research and teaching.
The UW-Madison Libraries is one of the ten largest public university library systems in the United States. Library collections and services are decentralized and coordinated through the leadership of the General Library System (GLS), which provides technical infrastructure, support for acquisitions, and the integration of campus library services. The General Library System, with a budget of more than $24.7 million and a collection budget of approximately $11 million, administers fifteen libraries including Memorial Library, the largest library in the State of Wisconsin, and other specialized and professional libraries. The overall campus libraries' collection budget is nearly $13 million.