Thursday, March 27, 2014

HC&A receives Donin collection of rare books on ophthalmology

On March 12th, ten unassuming boxes were delivered to HC&A via Fed Ex:

I like to say that working in special collections is like Christmas every day. The boxes contained expertly packed rare books on ophthalmology, dating from the early eighteenth century to the late twentieth century. Opening just one of the boxes at random yielded a trove of wonderful titles:

 Above:  Jean Teilleux, Observation sur une pupille artificielle (Paris: Sétier, 1826); Albrecht von Graefe, De l’iridectomie appliquée au glaucome et des affections glaucomateuses (Brussels, 1858); Ernst Wilhelm von Bruecke, Anatomische Beschreibung des menschlichen Augapfels (Berlin: G. Reimer, 1847)

The books are a generous gift from Mrs. Jacqueline C. Donin of Claremont, California. Mrs. Donin's husband, ophthalmologist Jerry F. Donin, M.D., built a significant collection of rare books in his field. We are honored to have been selected as a new home for 110 titles from his collection. Dr. Donin's books will bring additional distinction to our holdings in ophthalmology, an emerging area of emphasis for our rare book collections.

Highlights from the collection include Antoine Maître-Jan's  Traité des maladies de l’oeil et des remedies propres pour leur guerison enrichi d’experiences de physique (1707), the first ophthalmology textbook in Western medicine; six different editions of Richard Liebreich's  Atlas der Ophthalmmoscopie, the first atlas of ophthalmoscopy; Julius Hirschberg's nine-volume Geschichte der Augenheilkunde (1899-1918), a monumental history of ophthalmology; and many classic titles by
Albrecht von Graefe, Maurice Constantin Perrin, and Antonio Scarpa.

The books will be cataloged and accessible to the public in the History of Medicine Room. We are also looking forward to holding a public exhibit of selections from the collection, targeted for 2015.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Position announcement: University Archivist, Oregon Health & Science University Library

We're hiring! Please see the "Applications" section below for information on applying.
Job Title: University Archivist (Assistant Professor)                             
Department: Library
Work Schedule, Hours, FTE, Salary Range: 1.0 FTE; Salary commensurate with experience, minimum $50,000.

The University Archivist is responsible for the day-to-day management and long-term development of OHSU’s archives program. Reporting to the Head, Historical Collections & Archives, the University Archivist contributes positive, expansive vision to HC&A, seeking new ways to build collections, enhance access, and engage audiences.

The University Archivist identifies, appraises, and acquires archives, manuscripts, university publications, and artifacts in all formats. Supervising a staff of 1.0-2.0 FTE, the position manages accessioning, arrangement, description, preservation, and storage of collections. The University Archivist develops collection management data, EAD finding aids, and other access tools. 

Digital initiatives are a focus of this position. The University Archivist participates in the library’s Digital Collections Committee, leads digitization projects for collections under his or her care, and plays a major role in the library’s emerging digital preservation and curation activities.  Digital collections responsibilities may include building and managing collections; defining workflows, procedures, and standards; participating in policy formation; and working with university partners to develop collections, projects, and services.

The University Archivist teaches classes, workshops, and instructional sessions; assists researchers through reference and instruction; and conducts exhibits, tours, special events, and other outreach activities. With critical responsibility for growth, relevance, sustainability, and innovation in the archives program, the position dedicates significant effort to collaborative work with donors, faculty, students, staff, and alumni, demonstrating outcomes through presentations, exhibits, events, publications, and reports. 

This position monitors, interprets, and applies emerging archival theory and trends. As a colleague and supervisor, the University Archivist fosters a culture of productivity, knowledge sharing, and user orientation. The position participates in developing and implementing policies and procedures in OHSU Historical Collections & Archives, and consults with the university community on records management policy and practices. As a member of the Library Faculty, the University Archivist participates in planning, policy formation, and decision-making relating to library services, collections, and technologies.  This position represents OHSU Library in Northwest Digital Archives, and requires scholarship and service that contributes to the effectiveness of the Library, the University, and the profession.

Job Requirements                        
Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited Library and Information Science program with a concentration in archives, or an equivalent combination of advanced degree and work experience

Strong knowledge of current archival theory and trends; ability to judiciously apply theory to practice
Minimum of two years of experience in arranging and describing archival collections of diverse size, content, and format, preferably in an academic or health sciences setting

Experience in using flexible standards for arrangement and description, particularly minimum-level processing; ability to use judgment and pragmatism in applying standards

Demonstrated experience with technical and descriptive standards including EAD, DACS, MARC, and Dublin Core; knowledge of emerging standards

Experience with digitization and digital asset management systems

Knowledge of principles and practices of electronic records curation and preservation

Familiarity with HIPAA and FERPA principles; ability to manage sensitive materials by balancing access and legal requirements

Outstanding project management skills, demonstrated through excellence in collaborative, team-oriented projects

Supervisory experience; ability to lead a team and delegate effectively

Outstanding analytical, writing, interpersonal, and organizational skills; ability to represent the library effectively and positively to diverse audiences

Experience with donor relations

Ability to contribute service and scholarship to the profession

Ability to lift a 40-pound box

Experience applying HIPAA and FERPA principles to archival arrangement, description, and access

Experience with Archivists Toolkit; knowledge of emerging collection management tools

Knowledge of Omeka and bepress/Digital Commons

Experience with digital curation and preservation

Knowledge of consortial programs such as NWDA

Experience managing artifact collections

Experience with exhibits

Experience with teaching, reference, instruction, and outreach in archives or special collections

Experience with grant-funded projects

Experience with space planning and stacks management

Experience collaborating with academic staff, faculty, students, and alumni 

Knowledge of the history of health sciences and the history of the Pacific Northwest

Rank and Salary: This is a non-tenured, twelve-month faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, minimum $50,000.

Applications: To apply please visit and search for position IRC42692. Applications should include a resume, a letter of introduction, and contact information for three references. Screening of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.

OHSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or protected veteran status. Applicants with disabilities can request reasonable accommodation by contacting the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148.