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LIBRARIAN SUPERVISOR

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This is the civil service examination for the Librarian Supervisor position at the Wisconsin Historical Society.  To complete this exam, you will provide narrative responses to two questions that will allow us to determine if you meet minimum qualifications for this position. Answer the questions in a complete and concise manner.  Your responses to the questions should be limited to a maximum of 5 typewritten pages. Please note: If you do not click “Save and Continue” on each screen within 20 minutes, Wisc.Jobs will time out, and your answer will be lost. We encourage you to prepare your answer in a Word document and then copy and paste using “Ctrl C” to copy and “Ctrl V” to paste or the cut and paste buttons on your browser. This will speed up your time in the exam and prevent lost answers. Do not use the right click function on your mouse to paste, as it may not save your answer. When you are finished with the exam, click “Save and Finalize”, and at the next window click the “Finalize” button. You may update your exam responses until the deadline date. Please note that anytime you enter the exam, you must click “Finalize” regardless of whether you changed your responses.


If you encounter problems in this process, contact:    

Brian Schroeder
BrianL.Schroeder@wisconsinhistory.org 
608/264-6409


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North American History-- Acquisitions and Collection Development

The Historical Society Library is one of the largest libraries in Wisconsin, the American History Library for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and also a major genealogy reference collection.  The Historical Society Archives includes the largest archives in Wisconsin and one of the largest in the United States with collections totaling more than 110,000 cubic feet.  In addition to housing comprehensive manuscript and State Archives collections documenting the history of Wisconsin, the archives houses extensive national manuscript collections documenting the history of organized labor, mass communications, civil rights, and social action in the United States, an estimated 2 to 3 million images, and an extensive map collection.  The Historical Society is located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin – Madison and provides library and archives instruction and reference services to broad general public and academic audiences.

 

Describe strategies you have utilized in building library and archival collections.  Be sure to describe key steps in the process of building research collections for 21st century audiences, including documentation strategies, the development of collecting policies, and adaptions to changes in technology and user interests

Please include in your response the following:
1.  The types of audiences served (academic and/or adult learner audiences, etc.)
2.  The scope and format of materials acquired (print, digital, or audiovisual resources).
3.  Methods and techniques you have employed (including practices addressed in professional literature.)

 

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Acquisitions Management and Administration

The Historical Society Library is one of the largest libraries in Wisconsin, the American History Library for the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and also a major genealogy reference collection.  The Historical Society Archives includes the largest archives in Wisconsin and one of the largest in the United States with collections totaling more than 110,000 cubic feet.  In addition to housing comprehensive manuscript and State Archives collections documenting the history of Wisconsin, the archives houses extensive national manuscript collections documenting the history of organized labor, mass communications, civil rights, and social action in the United States, an estimated 2 to 3 million images, and an extensive map collection.  The Historical Society is located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin – Madison and provides library and archives instruction and reference services to broad general public and academic audiences.

 

Describe your training and practical experience overseeing the management and administration of a library and/or archives acquisitions program, addressing each of the following:

1.      Budget development and budget oversight

2.      Vendor relations and licensing experience

3.      Resource evaluation; creation and oversight of approval plans    

4.      Management and oversight of acquisitions staff

5.      Knowledge and experience with e-resource acquisitions

6.      Manuscript donor relations and solicitations

7.      Familiarity with gift documents and contracts, intellectual property rights, and access restrictions

8.      Familiarity with Library Management Systems

9.      Cooperation with partnering institutions on shared purchases

Please be clear regarding the nature and extent of your experience.