Assistant Librarian for Special Collections and Archives

Library · Galesburg, Illinois
Department Library
Employment Type Full-Time Benefited
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation Competitive

Assistant Librarian for Special Collections and Archives 

Knox College’s Seymour Library invites applications for the full-time, twelve-month, benefited position of Assistant Librarian for Special Collections and Archives. This position reports to the Director of the Library.

Knox College provides a competitive salary and a strong benefit package including health, dental, vision and life insurance; access to a retirement plan; a generous paid vacation and holiday package; free membership to our recreation center; and more! Tuition remission is also available after a two-year waiting period.

Knox College is an independent, highly selective liberal arts institution with a deep commitment to undergraduate teaching and to enabling the success of a broadly diverse set of students. Our student body is made up of 28 percent first-generation college students, 35 percent domestic students of color, and 17 percent international students. Candidates will be expected to contribute ideas and engage in practices that leverage the incredible value this diversity adds to the institution and make Special Collections and Archives materials accessible to all students. 

The successful candidate will join a library staff dedicated to working collaboratively to serve the students, staff, and faculty of Knox College and will be part of a team that will help plan Seymour Library’s future. 


  • Provide academic leadership in applying our Special Collections & Archives to our undergraduate, liberal arts curriculum 
  • Create a collection development policy including planning for collecting current student materials 
  • Arrange and describe archival and manuscript collections, and supervise staff and students in this work 
  • Collaborate with library staff on creating digital collections and implementing ArchivesSpace 
  • Maintain and develop the manuscript and rare book collections
  • Manage staff, budget, and facilities to support the College’s academic and collection objectives. 

Education and Experience

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-Accredited program in library and information science, or a Master’s in history, public history, or related fields 
  • Knowledge and experience with one or more archival management systems
  • Experience facilitating research questions and consultations
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills 
  • Ability to sustain an affirming, creative, collaborative, and ethical work environment, fostering respect among library and campus colleagues 
  • A commitment to Knox’s mission of building a diverse and inclusive community and to collecting materials that reflect Knox’s diversity

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Supervisory experience preferred (student worker supervisory experience acceptable)
  • Instructional experience at the college-level is highly desirable although instructional experience in other environments will be considered
  • Experience working with diverse populations


To apply, please submit a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, including contact information for three references, and complete the Knox College Employment Application at Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Finalists will be subject to a background check.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

In keeping with its commitment to equal rights since it was founded in 1837, Knox  College particularly welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups. Knox College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious affiliation, sexual orientation or preference, age, marital or family status, disability, veteran status, or other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law in admission, financial aid, employment, athletics, or any other aspect of its educational programs or activities. In addition, Knox College is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its accompanying regulations from so discriminating on the basis of sex. 

The College official responsible for coordinating compliance with this Notice of Non-Discrimination is Kimberly K. Schrader, Title IX Coordinator. Any inquiries regarding Title IX or the College's policies that prohibit discrimination and harassment should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator identified below. The Coordinator will be available to meet with or talk to students, staff, and faculty regarding issues relating to this Notice of Non-Discrimination and the College’s policies and procedures.

Title IX Coordinator

Kimberly K. Schrader

Old Jail 12 | Campus Box K-209

337 South Cherry Street

Galesburg, IL 61401

Phone: 309-341-7751


Inquiries about the application of Title IX to Knox may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, the United States Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, or both. Individuals may also contact the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights for additional information.

Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education-Chicago Office

500 W Madison St., Suite 1475

Chicago, IL 60661-4544

Phone: 312-730-1560


Inquiries regarding the College’s policies regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”) should be directed to either the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources or Director of Disability Support Services identified below.

For Employees:

Assistant Vice President of Human Resources

Amy Chambers

Administrative Services Center 109 | Campus Box K-200

368 South Prairie Street

Galesburg, IL 61401

Phone: 309-341-7200


For Students:

Director of Disability Support Services

Stephanie Grimes

Umbeck Science and Math Center E111 | Campus Box K183

340 South West Street

Phone: 309-341-7478


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  • Location
    Galesburg, Illinois
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time Benefited
  • Minimum Experience
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