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Tenure Track Director of Archives

University of South Carolina Lancaster
South Carolina, United States
Competitive Salary
Start date
Oct 31, 2023

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The University of South Carolina Lancaster, a regional campus of the University of South Carolina located approximately thirty-five (35) miles south of Charlotte, NC, seeks candidates for a tenure-track faculty librarian position as Director of Archives beginning January 1, 2024 or August 16, 2024. Applicants should hold a master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution.

The Director of Archives handles collection development decisions based on knowledge of regional history and culture, awareness of archival standards and trends, and understanding user needs. The Director is responsible for

  • Initiating and participating in outreach, reference, and collection development activities for Special Collections and Archives.
  • Initiating collection development by maintaining and cultivating donor relations, appraising potential collections, and acquiring/accessioning collections that meet the archive’s collection development policies.
  • Providing access to archival collections by creating finding aids, collection-level records, and metadata descriptions and maintains a database on collections, storage space allocations, provenance, and usage rights.
  • Following professional archival best practices to ensure appropriate acquisition, arrangement, description, preservation, and use of materials in the USCL collections.
  • Working in a culturally sensitive manner when archiving materials such as Native American artifacts and records.

Scholarship, advising, and university/community service are expected.

The successful candidate will work closely with USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center faculty and staff.

Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

Application materials are accepted online


Applicants must complete an application, upload a cover letter that specifically addresses the applicant’s qualifications, provide a curriculum vitae, share graduate transcripts, and a statement on their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion online.

Graduate transcripts should be uploaded as Other Supporting Documents.

Applicants must also provide contact information, to include an email address, for a minimum of three professional references.

Only applications and materials submitted through the online application process will be considered.

The University of South Carolina Lancaster, through the State of South Carolina and Public Benefit Authority (PEBA), offers state employees a valuable benefits package, including health and life insurance, generous paid leave, and retirement programs.

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.

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