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Librarian for Special Collections and the Malibu Historical Collection

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Work type: Librarian
Location: Malibu Campus
Categories: Libraries

The Librarian for Special Collections and the Malibu Historical Collection contributes to teaching, learning, and research at Pepperdine by providing curatorial management of the Malibu Historical Collection, the Starr Art and Music Collection, and related collections, with a focus on intellectual control and access, collection development, research services, and preservation. The Librarian supervises student workers and both graduate and undergraduate student interns, and oversees the student worker program for the department. The Librarian is also involved in classroom instruction, focusing on classes related to Malibu history, art history, and music history. This position, which enjoys faculty status and is guided by the librarians’ handbook, supports the University’s mission and strategic plan of promoting academic excellence and Christian values through developing cultural heritage collections that reflect the University’s heritage, enhancing discovery and access to primary source materials, and engaging with students and faculty through quality instruction and academic partnerships. The position reports to the Associate University Librarian for Special Collections, University Archives, and Preservation.


  • Establish intellectual control of special collections materials based on library best practices and research needs, including preservation, arrangement, description, and creation of finding aids.
  • Ensure the consistent acquisition of historic materials by identifying and appraising potential acquisitions and assisting in developing relationships with potential donors, with a specific focus on Malibu history, arts, and music. 
  • Oversee departmental student workers, including hiring, training, and supervising. 
  • Provide public services to students, faculty, and scholars by offering research guidance, answering reference questions, developing research guides, and facilitating reproduction of materials, by working closely with other units in the library. Tracks usage statistics.
  • Create meaningful class sessions based on course syllabi; work with faculty to develop outside assignments that utilize special collections resources; prepare and teach sessions.
  • Promote, publicize, and expand awareness of collections through exhibits, programs, written materials, displays, public lectures, workshops, tours, and other methods.
  • Participate in other department activities as needed, including data management, digital and physical preservation, grant-writing, and digital humanities initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned. 
  • Uphold University mission through work performed.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Skills and Qualifications

Required: An appreciation for and understanding of the University’s Christian mission, and a desire to contribute to that mission. Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited institution with coursework in archival theory and practice; successful experience in a special collections department or archival setting; demonstrated ability in processing archival materials and creating finding aids. Familiarity with Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS), and other relevant tools, standards, and best practices for archival processing; evidence of commitment to public service and the ability to work collaboratively with a variety of staff, faculty and researchers; demonstrated commitment to inclusive collection development and culturally sensitive description practices; strong verbal and written communication skills; supervisory experience; ability to lift up to 40 pounds. Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Zoom.

Preferred: Experience with reference services. Experience using Encoded Archival Description (EAD). Experience using ArchivesSpace and CONTENTdm (or equivalent archival management and digital collections software).

Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education, and employment screening. Qualified individuals with criminal histories will be considered for employment in compliance with applicable laws.

This is a Librarian, Exempt, 40 hour per week position.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

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