Curator, Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies – University of Minnesota

Job Title: Curator, Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies (UL381)
Job Code: 9715
Location: Twin Cities
Empl Group: Acad Prof and Admin
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time


• American Library Association accredited Master’s degree in Library/Information Science or Archives or equivalent combination of advanced degree and relevant experience.
• Extensive knowledge of the GLBTQIA+ community, history, and challenges.
• Demonstrated excellence in communication.
• Ability to work effectively both independently and in cooperation with colleagues in a service-oriented, collaborative environment.
• Demonstrated initiative, self-direction, and innovative thinking.
• Demonstrated evidence of program and outreach development.
• Facility in use of technology and applications in research collections.

• Experience building library and archival collections.
• Experience in developing working partnerships with academic departments and other campus communities.
• Experience working with digital collections.
• Experience in grants development and fund-raising activities.
• Experience working successfully with a community advisory or support group.
• Supervisory experience.
• Demonstrated excellence in presentation and interpersonal skills.

About the Job
The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus Libraries seeks a dynamic, outreach-oriented individual for the position of Curator of the Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender Studies. The Tretter Collection, the inaugural winner of the American Library Association GLBT Roundtable’s Newlen-Symons Award for excellence in service to the GLBT community and winner of the 2017 Society of American Archivists’ Diversity Award, is one of the leading GLBT collections in the country. It is the home of the groundbreaking Transgender Oral History Project, which has gathered 200 video interviews of transgender individuals primarily in the Upper Midwest. The Tretter Collection is international in scope, comprising books and serials, personal papers and organizational records, audio and video, textiles, and ephemera. Collection highlights include the records of the Log Cabin Republicans; the Michael McConnell Files, documenting America’s first gay marriage; and Two Spirit materials.

Institutional Context
The University Libraries is an integral part of campus life and a significant contributor of resources and programs within the metropolitan area, the state, and beyond. The Libraries provides a highly collaborative environment, distinguished by new models for teaching/learning, research support, and scholarly communication. The University has an Office of Equity and Diversity and a Program on Human Sexuality, with which the Libraries collaborates.

The Libraries is known for its advanced web services, significant collaborative digital library development, programs of process improvement and organizational development, and a record of innovative partnerships. Outreach is strengthened by unparalleled infrastructure for resource sharing and information access within the state and region provided by the University Libraries-based Minitex program. The Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the Center for Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, the Digital Preservation Network, and the Coalition for Networked Information, and is a founding partner in HathiTrust.

The Tretter Collection curator will take an active role in collection development and management, research services, outreach, fund-raising, and supervision of project and student staff. Collaborating with faculty in teaching GLBT history and culture, and partnering with campus units such as the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life, the incumbent will ensure that the Tretter Collection is a recognized campus resource. S/he/they will guide an advisory committee, a community group that supports the collection, and collaborate with organizations in the Twin Cities and elsewhere.

The Tretter Collection is one of 15 distinct collecting areas in a highly collaborative department. The position reports to the Elmer L. Andersen Director of Archives and Special Collections. The Tretter Collection curator will contribute to the knowledge base of the profession through research, publication, and professional engagement, as they work toward continuous appointment status.

This is a full-time, 12-month, continuous appointment track academic professional position with probationary appointment at the Assistant Librarian rank with the potential for appointment at the Associate Librarian rank.

How To Apply
Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Please attach the following documents in Word or PDF Format: (DO NOT copy and paste.)
Cover Letter (identify cover letter with UL381).
Names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current references.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your “My Activities” page and uploading documents there.

This position will remain open until filled.

Original posting / application information: Visit the U of M careers page and search for job #320232