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Program Head, Special Collections
  • Job Number: 15365
  • Functional Area: Libraries
  • Department: Libraries
  • School Area: Libraries, MIT Press, Tech Review
  • Employment Type: Full-Time
  • Employment Category: Exempt
  • Visa Sponsorship Available: No
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Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

PROGRAM HEAD, SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, MIT Libraries, to lead--in collaboration with other colleagues in Institute Archives and Special Collections and the Libraries--strategy and workflows related to the appraisal, acquisition, processing, description, curation, management, conservation, and preservation of special collections, including visual collections and rare books.  Will promote and interpret rare and unique collections through innovative and engaging physical and digital exhibitions, educational programming, social media and other creative means.  

A more complete description with full list of qualifications is available at

Job Requirements
REQUIRED:  a master’s degree in library, archival, or information science; graduate-level libraries or archives coursework; three years of professional experience working with the development, acquisition, management, preservation, and conservation of special collections; familiarity with cataloging or archival content management systems and technologies applicable for the special collections environment; knowledge of descriptive metadata standards; knowledge of issues regarding security, confidentiality, intellectual property, and access rights; and the ability to cultivate and sustain productive relationships with donors, faculty and administrative and academic staff.  Job #15365-P

Applications must include cover letter and resume. Priority will be given to applications received by December 1, 2017.  The position will remain open until filled.  


MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.