Advertised Employing Department: University Library: Special Collections and University Archives
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
The Iowa State University Library is seeking an experienced, engaging, and user-focused professional to serve as the Assistant University Archivist in the Special Collections and University Archives Department. Primary responsibility will be the development of university collections through the acquisition and appraisal of historical records produced by the university’s faculty, staff, and students, which will include the capture of university-related websites and social media.
Additional duties consist of archival arrangement and description, finding aid development, initiating and enforcing departmental policies and best practices, and working within teams to provide access to and ensure long-term preservation of archival materials. Other aspects of the position include assisting the department’s public service and outreach efforts through social media, presentations, instructional sessions, exhibitions, fund-raising activities, donor relations events, and oral history interviews. The successful candidate will positively interact with members of the university community to help promote the development, use, and understanding of the department’s archival holdings.
The Assistant University Archivist will hold the rank of Librarian I or II. A successful Iowa State Librarian I or II will need to be able to continually demonstrate effective job performance, supervisory duties (as assigned), development and growth by increasing knowledge and understanding of the profession. All Librarians will have potential to, or will demonstrate, effective institutional service and explore or have established areas of research and/or participation in relevant external professional activities, establishing area(s) of research interest or exhibiting leadership at higher Librarian levels.
A Librarian I will explore, show interest in and have potential for institutional service and external professional activities. A Librarian II will be able to demonstrate, through evidence, increasing skills and leadership potential.
Important attributes will include how to plan, organize, set and achieve goals. Having the ability to effectively communicate and collaborate will be essential to your success, and you'll be working alongside us to achieve this goal. The candidate will also need to embrace the Library's core values, demonstrate collegiality, and have strong commitment to public service and the land grant mission.
ISU students, staff, and faculty strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society. Library staff must embrace an environment of inclusion that moves beyond simple tolerance to recognizing the richness in individual identities of people, and diverse perspectives.
Required Education and Experience:
Master’s degree and related experience.
Preferred Education and Experience:
Formal education in archival theory and practice.
Demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and best practices to support the management of archival functions such as appraisal, accessioning, processing, and description.
Experience in an academic archives and/or experience in categorizing and assessing records and/or archival materials produced within complex organizational environments.
Experience with standards for archival description and cataloging, including DACS, EAD, Dublin Core, and MARC.
Experience in managing and processing archival collections including analog and digital records.
Experience with archival management systems, integrated library systems, web page design and web archiving tools such as Archive-It.
Experience in a university archives, or similar cultural institution, that includes work in collection development, management, and donor relations.
Experience handling a variety of reference requests.
Familiarity with the history of Iowa State University and/or land grant universities.
Demonstrated commitment to or leadership in diversity and inclusion.
This is non-tenure, non-faculty position.
Iowa State University is a premier land grant institution located in Ames in the heart of Iowa. Ames celebrates all four seasons and activities to accompany each of them. Ski venues, golf courses, aquatic centers and orchards are plentiful. Ames has over 30 parks (encompassing 750 acres), 13 park shelters, dog parks and miles of bicycle and walking trails. As of the 2010 Census, the Ames population was nearly 59,000, and in 2014, CNN Money placed Ames at no. 8 on the list of top 50 best small cities in the country. Ranked no. 4 on the list of 100 Smartest Cities in America Study, no surprise that Ames and surrounding school districts are recognized nationally for quality education, low teacher-student ratios, and reading and math proficiency. Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation, ISU is one of three Iowa Regent's institutions. Over 16,000 employees serve a population of over 34,000 students. Iowa State is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the University Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA). Librarians teach the required-for-graduation Library 160 course, have subject responsibility in all college course areas and are readily available to assist students, faculty and staff with research pursuits. The campus boasts amenities like Art on Campus, a collection of over 2,000 works of public art, including Grant Wood's largest murals located in Parks Library and many pieces by Sticks, Inc., founded by renowned artist and Ames native Sarah Grant. Collegerank.net lists the William Robert Parks and Ellen Sorge Parks Library at no. 16 on the list of the 50 Most Amazing College Libraries. Visit the City of Ames, Iowa State University and the University Library for additional information.
Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 36,000 students are enrolled and served by over 6,200 faculty and staff (see www.iastate.edu). Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,0...00, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted the best college town in the nation (see www.visitames.com). Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.