Associate Dean, Special Collections; and Director, Cushing Memorial Library and Archives: Position Announcement

Texas A&M University Libraries seeks a forward-thinking, collaborative, and energetic leader with a keen understanding of the role of research libraries in the digital age and how that role can be enhanced through the rich resources and unique services of special collections and archives. As a member of a newly forming Library leadership team, the successful candidate will create and communicate a vision, set priorities, and develop strategies to ensure the vitality of the Libraries’ extensive special collections, manage an effective and integrated program of archives and records management and engage with donors for ongoing support of the collections. In addition to directing the Rare Books and Special Collections and Archives and Records Management units in Cushing Memorial Library, this position has responsibility for the Map & GIS Library in the adjacent Sterling C. Evans Library.

Following a series of retirements, the Libraries’ administrative team is being renewed. The current Dean was appointed July 2012. Two associate dean positions were finalized in 2013, with two more in progress for 2014, including this key position.  Together, the new team will move the organization forward with revitalized vision and purpose. Within the context of a campus that continues to grow in enrollment, graduate programs, research awards and endowment, the position presents exceptional opportunities to generate local, national, and international impact.

The special collections housed in the historic Cushing Memorial Library comprise over 22,000 linear feet of manuscript and archival material, approximately 200,000 printed volumes, over 250,000 photographs, and hundreds of artworks, including significant paintings and historical artifacts. Collections of particular pride and distinction include the Eduardo Urbina Cervantes Project Collection, Mary and Mavis P. Kelsey Americana Collections, Al Lowman Printing Arts Collection and Research Archives and Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Collection which includes the books and personal papers of George R. R. Martin. A combination of dedicated endowments and allocations from the Libraries’ central budget has in recent years provided between $300,000 and $600,000 of support for new acquisitions annually. Cushing Library staff includes a total of 18 FTE: nine professional, three paraprofessional, and six full-time wage staff and support for interns and students assistants.

Located in Evans Library, the Map & GIS Library (MGL) holds over 250,000 scientific and thematic maps, thousands of aerial photos and 2TB GIS data, all with world-wide coverage.  The MGL has an active digitization program, including visualizing maps in GoogleEarth, the Geologic Atlas of the United States, and Historic Maps of Cuba. The MGL works closely with Cushing Memorial Library and Archives to display historic map and image collections using GIS based tools, including "Mapping Historic Aggieland," the presidios of New Spain in "El Camino Real de los Tejas" and "Historic Maps of London".

This is a senior leadership position with faculty status. The successful candidate will have a sufficient and established record in librarianship, scholarship, and service to merit appointment at the rank of associate professor with tenure; preferred candidates will exhibit a record to affirm appointment at the rank of professor.

Required Qualifications:

  • American Library Association (ALA)-accredited Master’s degree (or international equivalent) and/or current certification by the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA)
  • Record of achievement and accomplishment meriting appointment as an associate professor with tenure
  • Minimum of five years of management and supervisory experience in progressively responsible positions in an academic research library or historical research center
  • Demonstrated innovative leadership in organizing resources (human, technical and financial) to create an efficient, flexible and nimble organization
  • Proven experience and success in managing one or more of the areas of responsibility listed above
  • Demonstrated understanding of emerging technologies especially as they present opportunities for broadening access and preservation of materials
  • Proven success and experience in stewarding donors and friends groups
  • Evidence of commitment to diversity; ability to work effectively with a culturally diverse population
  • Evidence of exceptional oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • National or international reputation in librarianship and/or archival studies
  • Record of achievement sufficient for appointment as a full professor with tenure
  • Eight years of substantive management and supervisory experience in progressively responsible positions in an academic research library
  • Certification by the Academy of Certified Archivists
  • Second Master’s degree or earned PhD in subject discipline
  • Experience with preservation strategies and programs
  • Record of significant external grant activity


The University. Founded in 1876 as a land-grant institution, Texas A&M University is the sixth largest university in the nation. The signature Aggie Spirit captures and embodies the university’s traditions and core values: Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect, and Selfless Service.  The university has an enrollment of more than 55,000 students and 2,800 instructional faculty.

The University Libraries. In an effort to provide excellent customer service in an ever-changing environment, the Texas A&M University Libraries is developing a core culture representing flexibility, innovation and risk-taking.  In addition, the Libraries recognize the value in creating a culture that draws from the richness and strength reflected in the diversity of our state and nation and has created an actionable Diversity Plan.

The Libraries currently rank 13th in materials expenditures ($18 million) and 5th in serials expenditures ($14 million) among all ARL libraries.  Additionally, the Libraries are projected to rank in the top 10 for 2013-2014 for starting librarian salaries among ARL U.S. Public Academic Libraries. Currently the staffing includes 242 individuals which includes 75 librarians holding faculty status.

Bryan-College Station. Texas A&M is located in Bryan-College Station where the ubiquitous “howdy” greets friends and newcomers alike. The community boasts excellent medical facilities, live entertainment and the arts, fine-to-casual dining, outdoor recreation, a local airport, and a low cost of living, as well as easy proximity to Austin and Houston. In August, 2012, the Chronicle of Higher Education cited a study listing College Station as the top-rated college town in the United States. Additionally, Texas residents enjoy the benefit of having no state or local income tax.

Benefits & Salary:

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications of the successful candidate. Excellent benefits include choice of health plan options and paid life insurance; several retirement plans including TIAA-CREF; paid holidays and vacation; no state or local income tax.

Application Deadline:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, and initial review of applications will begin February 24, 2014.  The letter of application should address the responsibilities, qualifications, and experiences listed for the position. Your letter, vita, and the names, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of at least three professional references* may be sent  via email to; or mailed to Esther Carrigan, Associate Dean and Director of Medical Sciences Library, Texas A&M University Libraries, 5000 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-5000. An Equal Opportunity Employer, TAMU Libraries is committed to employing quality faculty who will enhance the rich diversity of our academic community. In that regard, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who are representative of the state’s diversity.

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* The Search Committee will not contact references without contacting the candidate first to verify permission.