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College Archivist/Librarian, Special Collections, New London, CT

Connecticut College is conducting a national search for the College Archivist/Librarian for Special Collections position. This position will manage the College Archives and records management program, recommend policies, plan and implement procedures, provide reference and instruction services for the College Archives and Special Collections and serve as the Archives' principal contact with administrative and academic offices.


General Duties & Responsibilities:

  • The College Archivist/Librarian for Special Collections will collaborate with the Director of the Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives in planning departmental activities, creating and managing digital projects and developing grant proposals for the Lear Center
  • Manage the Lear Center and provide service in Special Collections in the Director's absence
  • Set archival processing goals for Lear Special Collections Librarian with responsibility for supervision in fulfilling those goals
  • Work with College offices to identify, evaluate and preserve important legal and administrative documents, materials and information relevant to the history of the college and collect, arrange, describe, and index material
  • Promote and facilitate efficient record keeping practices; survey records and create and update retention schedules in conjunction with College officials; maintain records according to Society of American Archivists guidelines, federal and state legislation, and agreements with individual departments
  • Provide security for confidential, restricted or legal documents; in conjunction with legal counsel and other officers of the College, create review and update access policies and guidelines for using the College Archives
  • Assist with physical and digital exhibits, events and programs
  • Perform research for College offices as necessary
  • Provide instruction and assistance to classes and promote integration of special collections and archival material into the curriculum
  • Assist in content development for and design of the Lear Center's web site and social media efforts
  • Participate in the planning and execution of digital scholarship projects for the Lear Center and collaborate with the Digital Scholarship and Curriculum Center on College digital scholarship initiatives
  • Provide guidance to patrons in the handling and use of original and legally sensitive materials
  • Assist in the supervision, training, and setting of goals for student workers, volunteers, and interns
  • Maintain current professional and technical knowledge through training and participation in professional organizations and publications and serve on IS, College and CTW committees, task forces and activity groups.
  • Other duties as assigned or as necessary



  • ALA-accredited masters degree in library or information studies
  • Minimum of 3 years of applicable archival experience including records management
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to build and sustain key relationships with alumni, outside researchers, faculty, students, staff, community and professional colleagues
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with discretion
  • Excellent knowledge of archival theory and methodology and records management practice
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, excellent organization skills and ability to set priorities and keep
  • Detail-oriented, well-organized, and able to work under pressure
  • Computer skills, including the use of integrated library systems, archival management systems, information databases, standard productivity software and archival digitizing equipment and techniques, EAD, and web editing software
  • Some travel required


Required Documents:

Cover letter, Resume, Three professional references, Brief description (150-300 words) of a class session conducted using rare or archival materials


Review of applications will begin on October 14. A complete description and link to the application may be found at

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