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Director of Archives and Technical Services, Washington College, Chestertown, MD

Washington College seeks an experienced and forward-looking librarian to lead its Archives and Technical Services departments. Reporting to the College Librarian, the Director of Archives and Technical Services is a member of the library leadership team and regularly assesses and participates in planning the effective use of physical and virtual collections, space, technology to deliver programs and services that meet the changing needs of faculty, staff, and students. A dedication to outreach, diversity, open communication, and positive relationships are a hallmark of the college and Miller Library, and an expectation of all library staff members.


The Technical Services portion of this position supervises and evaluates a team of FTE staff and student assistants. The position is responsible for the life cycle management of all library resources, including catalog of print and electronic resources.


The Director serves as a backup in managing the integrated library system, EBSCO Discovery Service, and other corresponding systems. This position oversees the cataloging and processing of all library and archives resources, maintaining accurate and up-to-date bibliographic records and statistics of all library holdings of print, electronic serials and database subscriptions, special collections and archives.


The Archives portion of this position supervises student assistants and any future staffing additions to Archives and Special Collections. The position is responsible for collection management and providing some research and reference services to faculty, students, staff, and visiting researchers; overseeing the processing and creation of finding aids for both college records and the archives collection; and collaborating with faculty and other college units, especially the Library's LAT partner, Academic Technologies, and with the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, to enhance the impact and reputation of the archives. Some evening and weekend hours are required. Salary commensurate with experience.



  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library/information science program or a related field with a concentration in archives.
  • Five years of academic library experience in archives, preferably with supervisory experience.
  • A minimum of two years experience in cataloging, applying metadata standards (e.g. DCMI, RDA, MARC, XML, EAD, DACS) to facilitate access to electronic resources and other collections, and working with, preferably managing, an integrated library system or an archival content management system.
  • Experience with or the willingness to learn about the management and preservation of born-digital and digitized content.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, and demonstrated ability to lead a team are a must.
  • Some evening and weekend work may be expected.


This is an exempt full-time (35 hours per week), non-tenured faculty position. Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include 6 weeks of vacation, 14 paid holidays and scheduled administrative closing days, domestic partner benefits and paid maternity/paternity leave. 


Washington College is a private liberal arts college of 1450 students located in a unique ecological region on a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States. The college is poised at the center of an area rich in Early American, African-American, and Native American history and culture. In a rural setting on Maryland's Eastern Shore, Washington College is still just a 90-minute drive from Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, DC.


Review of applications will begin immediately. To view the full position and apply, please visit the following link. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information of three professional references through our online portal. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Washington College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse cultural environment and encourages applications from women, minorities, disabled persons, and veterans.


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