Wow, that’s starting to sound really familiar as a title this year. The good news is, our former employees go on to get really great jobs! Having said that…
The Consortium Library at the University of Alaska Anchorage is pleased to announce a recruitment for a tenure track faculty archivist. We are looking for an energetic, motivated, experienced, and innovative professional to join us in offering superb archival services. This position is designed to provide a broad range of experience in academic archival work in a collaborative and supportive environment.
Archives and Special Collections has a wide range of holdings and a diversity of users. Our faculty archivists are dedicated to access as the driving force in all the work we do. The holdings include over 2000 collections of personal papers, organizational records, and university records in a variety of media including textual documents, photographic images, sound recordings, as well as moving image materials. The department also holds the Rare Books collection of Consortium Library. Archives and Special Collections has three full-time professional faculty positions as well as other grant-funded positions.
The priorities for the Archives over the next several years include:
- Increasing engagement with constituent university groups through instruction, participation in curriculum development, and creation of discipline-specific descriptive material
- Increasing online access to digitized and born digital materials
- Eliminating the backlog of undescribed collections
- Eliminating the backlog of legacy finding aids
- Increasing outreach efforts to all constituents
RESPONSIBILITIES: The Archivist reports to the Head of Archives and Special Collections in the Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage. The person in this position shares in all aspects of the work of the department, primarily reference, processing, and outreach. Occasional weekend and evening hours may be required.
- Reference: assisting researchers in navigating the collection through use of online finding aids and other resource materials, maintaining the reference query tracking record, retrieving materials for researchers, and assisting researchers with appropriate equipment.
- Arrangement and description: processes and describes collections, writes subject guides, selects, digitizes, and catalogs materials for online access
- Education and outreach: teaches archival instruction sessions, creates exhibits, and engages in other outreach activities.
- Other archives duties: collection management database maintenance, website maintenance and development, donor and appraisal work, supervising students and volunteers, and participating in departmental and library planning activities.
- Engaging in library, university, professional, and public service activities
This position is a tenure track faculty position to be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor.
Knowledge, skills, abilities and experience required:
- Graduate degree in archival studies (the required terminal degree for faculty archivists at the Consortium Library is a Master’s Degree that meets the Society of American Archivists’ Guidelines for a Graduate Program in Archival Studies)
- Demonstrated knowledge of current and innovative archival theory and practice
- Minimum of two years post-degree professional archival experience including:
- Archival reference experience
- Processing/description experience
- Effective communication skills
- Computer skills, including word processing, web authoring, and database software
- Experience with institutional, professional, or public service activities (such as serving on committees)
- Ability to retrieve and shelve boxed records in boxes weighing up to 45 lbs and to climb ladders
Knowledge, skills and abilities preferred:
- Digitization and digital projects experience
- Customer service experience
- Experience with teaching a class, giving presentations, or leading tours
- Experience with collaborative projects
- Grant-writing experience
- Experience with EAD, DACS, XML, or other descriptive standards or codes
To apply and to see all other posting details, go to www.uakjobs.com and under Advanced Search, search for posting #0067733. Upload a cover letter of application, resume or curriculum vita, a writing sample (finding aids accepted), a graduate studies transcript (unofficial accepted) and the contact information for at least three professional or academic references. For any questions about this position, please contact the chair of the search committee, Arlene Schmuland, at abschmuland [at] uaa.alaska.edu. The resume or CV should clearly indicate hours per week for non-full-time positions.
Minimum salary: 62,000 annually. Relocation expenses supported. Excellent benefits package.
CLOSING DATE: The screening committee will begin reviewing applications November 17, 2013. Candidates are encouraged to apply by the review date to receive full consideration as the recruitment may be closed without notice after November 17. Anticipated start date in February 2014.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT UAA, APU, AND ANCHORAGE:
Consortium Library: consortiumlibrary.org
Archives and Special Collections: consortiumlibrary.org/archives
University of Alaska Anchorage: www.uaa.alaska.edu
Alaska Pacific University: www.alaskapacific.edu
Municipality of Anchorage: www.muni.org
APPLICANTS needing reasonable accommodations to participate in the application or interview process should contact Human Resource Services prior to the closing date. UAA is an AA/EO Employer and Educational Institution committed to diversity. Applicants must be eligible for employment under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and subsequent amendments. Application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure.