Head of LaBudde Special Collections & University Archives

LaBudde Special Collections & University Archives

The UMKC University Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives (SCA) division consists of LaBudde Special Collections & University Archives (LSCUA), Marr Sound Archives, Cataloging & Metadata Management, Digital Projects, and Digital Scholarship Services.

SCA’s primary source materials are rich in the humanities, particularly in local performing arts, LGBTQ communities, social services organizations, and jazz as well as Kansas-Missouri late 19th century Western Americana and national radio broadcasts from the 1930s-1960s. Prominent collections in LSCUA include the Starr Women’s Hall of Fame inductee collections, the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America, and the Edgar Parks Snow Papers. SCA supports a major component of teaching and learning in the humanities, arts, and social sciences through the use of primary source materials; provides high impact learning experiences to a broad range of students including the development of national award-winning student-curated exhibits; and directly supports undergraduate research initiatives. Learn more about us.

Head of LaBudde Special Collections and University Archives

The UMKC University Libraries are seeking an experienced leader to serve as our Head of LaBudde Special Collections and University Archives (LSCUA). The Head of LaBudde Special Collections and University Archives is responsible for providing direction and setting priorities for a wide variety of departmental work related to managing access, public use, processing, preservation, and maintenance of collections, and supervising faculty and staff. The Head of LaBudde Special Collections and University Archives actively manages departmental workflows and contributes to establishing priorities and policies within both the department and division. In addition to these responsibilities, the position monitors trends and developments in rare book and archives management and recommends appropriate adoption and implementation of new technologies and methods for acquisition, access, and preservation. This position is a 12-month, non-tenure track, ranked benefit-eligible faculty librarian appointment, has supervisory responsibilities, and reports to the Associate Dean of Special Collections & Archives.

Primary duties and responsibilities include

  • Provides leadership and oversight of LaBudde Special Collections and University Archives, a department consisting of one ranked NTT faculty member, two academic appointments, one staff member, and a team of student employees.
  • Develops, documents, implements, evaluates, maintains, and revises as necessary departmental workflows, policies, procedures, and activities.
  • Manages the staff responsible for the daily operation of the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room service desk, ensuring adequate service levels to meet the needs of researchers.
  • As part of a team, provides in-person, telephone, and electronic reference service for users of LaBudde Special Collections and University Archives and ensures the department meets the UMKC Libraries “Standards for Reference Service.”
  • Oversees the security, facilities, and inventory of LaBudde Special Collections and University Archives across staff areas, the reading room, and multiple onsite secure closed stacks locations.
  • Works closely with colleagues throughout the Libraries to implement and maintain shared policies and procedures.
  • Serves as a member of the Libraries’ Disaster Team.
  • Tracks emerging developments in special collections librarianship and makes appropriate recommendations.
  • Establishes short and long-range goals that align with the Division, Library and University goals and objectives.
  • Participates in and may initiate external grant-funded projects or other fundraising opportunities.
  • Supervises, hires, evaluates, trains, and appraises faculty and staff as necessary to ensure smooth operations that follow established policies. Directly supervises the University Archivist, Operations and Processing Associate and Collections and Print Preservation Associate; indirectly supervises the Curator of Special Collections and Archives.

Minimum Requirements

  • A master’s degree in library science/library information science from a program accredited by the American Library Association or from a program in a country with a formal accreditation process as identified by ALA’s Human Resource Development and Recruitment Office or equivalent.
  • 3+ years of experience working in special collections and/or archives.
  • Supervisory experience or successful experience managing a team.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of archival processing practices, understanding of archival standards including DACS and EAD, experience with archival management systems, and awareness of national issues and trends in archives.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate in a team-based, service-oriented environment.
  • Evidence of experiences and expertise that support the UM System Values Commitment and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.
  • Potential to meet promotion requirements in non-tenure track appointment, evidenced through service, research, leadership, innovation, and/or professional development.


Salary will be commensurate with rank and qualifications. It is anticipated that this position will be hired at a Librarian II, III, or IV, and the anticipated hiring range for this position is $57,500-$90,000. Minimum salaries for ranks are: Librarian I $50,000, Librarian II $55,000, Librarian III $62,500, and Librarian IV $72,500. UMKC offers an excellent retirement/benefits package. (See the Promotion and Appointments Criteria for rank specifications and UM salaries are publicly available.)

UMKC offers full benefits that start day one, generous paid time off, paid winter break, and continuing education benefits. Visit our Total Rewards page to learn more. 

Also, explore the Total Rewards website to learn more about the rewards package we offer to acknowledge our employees as the university’s most important resource. 

Application Instructions

Application materials must be submitted online at UMKC Human Resources. Click View Jobs and search for ID 51951 to apply. Though the system provides prompts for uploading application materials separately, we request that applicants combine all application materials into one PDF or Microsoft Word document:

  • A personal letter of interest of up to 2 pages addressing each minimum requirement and the values commitment (see below)
  • Curriculum vitae (CV – as many pages as needed)
  • Current contact information for 3 references

Upload this combined document when prompted to provide a resume attachment. Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.). 

You may address your cover letter to: Derek Long, Search Committee Chair.

  • If you are experiencing technical problems during application, please email umpshrsupport@umsystem.edu.
  • For all inquiries about the position, please contact 816-235-1531 or libraryadmin@umkc.edu.and provide the title of the position.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be requested during the application and recruitment process. If you need an accommodation, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.

Per the University of Missouri System’s Values Commitment, we value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate. 

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

This position will remain open until filled, but applications received by 11:50pm on Sunday, July 7, 2024, will be given priority consideration.

Community Information

UMKC is a public, urban, research university with more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. It is part of the larger University of Missouri System. Our university is committed to being a model urban university that is recognized for our partnerships with surrounding urban communities to effectively foster a healthy, safe, and more economically secure quality of life.


A City on the Rise: Big City Life and Midwest Charm, Kansas City offers the best of both worlds – a vibrant, urban community with midwestern appeal and an affordable cost of living. The university is located in a Kansas City metropolitan area that is among the most entrepreneurial cities in America with a population of more than 2.4 million. Our UMKC campuses are centered in the hubs of business activity, cultural arts, (some great barbeque and ethnic cuisine!) and health science research engagement for both the Volker and Health Sciences campuses. Our community boasts championship professional athletic teams, NASCAR racing, and a rich history of music and performing arts. Our beautiful state provides rivers, lakes, biking/hiking trails and mountains for outdoor enthusiasts all within an easy drive.

EEO is the Law

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit the Equal Employment Opportunity website or call Human Resources at (816) 235-1621.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Office of Equity & Title IX at (816) 235-6910.

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