Archivist in Library Operations - A00047

Duties & Responsibilities:

  •     Supervises and leads day-to-day operations of Archives & Special Collections
  •     Hires, trains, supervises, mentors, and evaluates full-time and part-time personnel, interns, and graduate assistants
  •     Plans and oversees the acquisition, processing, description, storage, preservation, and possible digitization of materials that document the cultural heritage of Northeast Arkansas and the Mississippi Delta region
  •     Develops and implements the procedures by which archival resources may be accessed and used
  •     Ensures that all Archives & Special Collections activities are in accordance with accepted standards and practices
  •     Provides reference services for researchers regarding the use of archival collections and resources
  •     Identifies and expands upon opportunities to incorporate archival and special collections and resources into the curriculum
  •     Actively participates in the preparation and submission of grants and other external funding proposals
  •     Actively maintains the full integration of Archives & Special Collections in the Dean B. Ellis Library through communications, collaboration, policy development, and participation in a variety of library meetings, planning, and assessment processes
  •     Engages in continuing professional development, including participation in state, regional, and national professional activities
  •     Other duties as identified or needed



Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills

Ability and willingness to work with colleagues in a collaborative and team environment, as well as independently

Experience working with archival manuscript collections, especially in processing archival collections in accordance with foundational principles such as respect des fonds and original order

Experience training and directing the work of staff, student assistants, interns, and/or volunteers working on archival processing projects

Experience curating collections with privacy concerns, including processing and providing access to sensitive, restricted, or classified information

Experience writing archival finding aids, whether in an archival content management system, or in Microsoft Word/Excel

Ability to lift and carry a forty-pound box and climb a ladder to retrieve materials

Ability to travel as needed to participate in consortia and professional activities



Experience working in an academic setting

Demonstrated ability to publicly advocate for archives, special collections, and archival projects

Successful experience in writing grants and other forms of external fundraising

Experience working with a variety of formats including: born digital, digitized, paper-based, and mixed media archival collections

Familiarity with major archival content management systems (ACMS), such as ArchivesSpace, Collective Access, etc

Demonstrated ability to work simultaneously on a variety of projects and initiatives

Familiarity with or interest in Arkansas history and politics

A documented record of ongoing professional activity


General Days/Hours:

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Additional hours as requested and/or needed
Regular and reliable attendance



Please note: all position postings close at 12:00 A.M. CST on the position closing date

Job Requirements

An earned Master’s Degree in Library and/or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution (or international equivalent) with an archival component

Three (3) years of archival experience with increasing levels of responsibility


Salary is dependent upon qualifications but will not exceed $60,000.00

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