Head of Archival Processing - Assistant Librarian

Louisiana State University
Louisiana, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Oct 13, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
The Head of Archival Processing oversees all aspects of arranging, describing, and processing archival holdings of LSU Libraries Special Collections; hires, supervises, trains, and assigns work to Archival Processing staff; assists in acquiring and appraising archival collections; sets policies, procedures, and priorities for the processing and preservation of archival collections, in consultation with appropriate personnel; provides regularly scheduled public services; participates in the overall management of Special Collections; and works toward promotion and tenure.


  • 35% Oversees all aspects of processing, arranging, and describing the archival holdings of the LSU Libraries Special Collections; hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates 2 FTE faculty and 3 support staff; maintains and reports processing statistics; develops and maintains policies and procedures for managing, processing, describing, and preserving collections, including implementation and application of archival management software; sets priorities for processing and digitization of archival collections, in consultation with appropriate personnel.
  • 20% Accessions manuscript materials; assists in acquisition and appraisal of archival collections with the Curator of Manuscripts and the University Archivist; assesses processing needs of collections, determines the appropriate arrangement of materials within collections, and organizes his/her work and that of others to implement processing plans effectively and efficiently; performs historical research to properly describe materials for scholarly use; creates finding aids and original MARC records, employing EAD, DACS, LCSH, MARC, and LCNAF.
  • 20% Participates in the overall management of Special Collections, including setting policies and procedures; strategic planning; development activities; preparation of reports, statistics, grant applications, etc; and other duties as assigned.
  • 10% Provides advanced reference and research assistance to those using Special Collections and other library materials; interprets and enforces library policies for the security and administration of the collections.
  • 15% Works to meet tenure and promotion requirements through research, scholarship, and service.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school program with a concentration in archives and records management. (Equivalent work experience in archives and records management and a related advanced degree may substitute for Master's in Library and Information Science(MLIS).)
  • Three years post-degree performing similar job duties.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and practice, national and international standards, and best practices for appraisal, acquisition, preservation, processing, and provision of access to archival materials; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; demonstrated organizational, planning, and project management skills; familiarity with online and print research materials and methodologies; and knowledge of relevant emerging technologies.
Preferred Qualifications

  • Three years of supervisory experience.
  • Experience providing reference service in an archives or special collections setting; knowledge of archival management software, particularly ArchivesSpace; strong commitment to technical services in support of public services; demonstrated experience implementing EAD; ability to work with minimal supervision; knowledge of Louisiana and American history (particularly the American South) and related disciplines and research methodologies; and reading competency in French and/or Spanish.
Special or Physical Qualifications

  • Ability and willingness to lift 30 pounds
Special Instructions:

Please provide cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references including name, title, phone number and e-mail address.

A copy of your transcript(s) may be attached to your application. However, official transcripts are required prior to hire.

Attach ALL required documents under the "Resume/CV" section of your application.

An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check. Apply for this position on the LSU career site by November 11, 2020 11:59pm CST.

Additional Position Information: Background Check - An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.

Benefits - LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; various leave options; paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption for qualified positions; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more!

LSU is committed to diversity and is an equal opportunity / equal access employer.

Questions or concerns can be directed to the LSU Human Resources Management Office at 225-578-8200 or emailed HR@lsu.edu