Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Manuscript Archivist

Library Affairs at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is seeking a Manuscript Archivist. This is a full-time, 12-month, continuing appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor available January 1, 2009, or later.

Responsibilities: Under the general direction of the Director, SCRC, the Manuscript Archivist is responsible for accessioning, arranging, describing, and providing access to manuscript collections. Specifically, the Manuscript Archivist will be responsible for appraising and accessioning materials in multiple formats; arranging and describing collections for research use; preparing finding aids and other descriptive tools including EAD; working with the preservation librarian to house and preserve materials; providing general reference assistance as well as manuscript-specific consultations; promoting the manuscript collection for instruction and research; evaluating and revising departmental policies and procedures as necessary; developing grant proposals; training, supervising, and evaluating civil service staff, graduate assistants, and/or student assistants; scholarly research and/or creative activity and external and internal service activity; and special projects and duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications: ALA accredited Master’s of Library Science or a graduate degree in history or other relevant discipline with graduate level archival coursework. Minimum of one (1) year of relevant archival experience in an academic library or archives. Broad knowledge of current technological applications to archival management and descriptive standards (e.g., EAD, digitization), and willingness and capacity to be directly involved in developing and applying these techniques. Demonstrated excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both oral and written), including ability to work effectively and cooperatively with staff, colleagues, and researchers. Reference experience and knowledge of issues related to archives and manuscript collections. Supervisory experience. For appointment at the Assistant Professor rank: interest and potential to meet established Library Affairs criteria for promotion and tenure, including professional service and published research. For appointment at the Associate Professor rank: in addition to the above qualifications, a minimum of six (6) years of relevant archival experience in an academic library or archives. A sustained record of peer-reviewed research and publications, including a record of professional service at state, regional, or national levels.

Preferred Qualifications: Academy of Certified Archivists certification or eligibility to pursue certification. Graduate work in American philosophy or literature.

For more detailed information visit this website: http://www.siuc.edu/~affact/faculty.html

The closing date for application is October 1, 2008, or until filled. Salary is competitive (Assistant Professor $43,000 minimum; Associate Professor $48,000 minimum). Send a letter of application stating qualifications and background for this position, a resume, and names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses (if available) of three professional references. References may be contacted by Morris Library and asked to comment on your experience and qualifications for this position. Address all materials to: Sherry Elders, Personnel Coordinator, Library Affairs, Mail Code 6632, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 605 Agriculture Dr., Carbondale, IL 62901. Telephone: 618-453-1458. E-mail: apply@lib.siu.edu.

SIUC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer that strives to enhance its ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed and encouraged and will receive consideration.

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