Archivist for Public Services and Community Engagement Grand Valley State University

Archivist for Public Services and Community Engagement
Grand Valley State University is seeking a self-directed and enthusiastic professional to engage students, faculty, and the wider community with its rare and unique resources from Special Collections & University Archives.

Reporting to the Director of Special Collections & University Archives and working alongside the Archivist for Collection Management, the Archivist for Public Services and Community Engagement will facilitate access and respond to reference and research inquiries within archival, manuscript, and rare book collections. The Archivist is responsible for coordinating community engagement activities for the department, including exhibits, programming, and other outreach activities. The Archivist will collaborate with faculty, liaison librarians, and the Head of Instructional Services to integrate archival and special collections material into course curricula and library programs and to develop, conduct, and evaluate archival instructional services. The Archivist will coordinate permissions, reproduction services, and exhibition loans and will assist with collection management, preservation, and processing. The Archivist will collaborate with others to develop and preserve collections, and select materials for digitization and inclusion in the Library Digital Collections.

Grand Valley State University is a comprehensive 4-year institution and the most rapidly growing university in Michigan. The University Libraries serve a diverse community of over 25,000 students on three campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids, and Holland. The Special Collections & University Archives, located in Seidman House on the Allendale campus, contains rare books, manuscript and archival collections, audiovisual collections, artwork and artifacts related to Grand Valley State's history, Michigan and regional literature and history, the history of books and printing, Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, and other areas of interest to its students, faculty, and community.

Required Qualifications and Education
Master's Degree with specialization in archives management from a program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) or from a program in a country with a formal accreditation process as identified by ALA. Experience providing reference services in a university special collections or university archives setting or experience processing archival collections and creating finding aids. Knowledge of current archival theory, practice, standards, and proper handling of materials. Basic understanding of current archival metadata and descriptive standards such as DACS, EAD, AACR2, RDA, MARC, Library of Congress authorities and subject headings, Dublin Core, etc. Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills. Excellent organizational skills. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Preferred Qualifications
Experience teaching in a classroom setting. Experience designing exhibits. Understanding of information technology applications in an archives environment. Project management and supervisory experience.

For a complete list of responsibilities and qualifications, and to apply: Visit Include cover letter, resume, and three references. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grand Valley State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

Application Deadline Date: Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.  


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