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Coordinator, Labor Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
College Park, Maryland
The salary range is $49,900 – $62,375, salary is commensurate with experience.
Start date
Dec 4, 2023

Title:  Coordinator, Labor Archives

Category: Exempt, Regular

Department: Special Collections and University Archives, Collection Strategies and Services

Salary: The salary range is $49,900 – $62,375, salary is commensurate with experience.

Benefits: 22 Days Annual Leave, 15 Days of Sick Leave, 3 Days Personal Leave, 15 Paid Holidays, Tuition Remission, Health, Dental, Vision, and Prescription


ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park, is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

ABOUT THE LIBRARIES: As the largest university library system in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area, the University of Maryland (UMD) Libraries serve more than 41,000 students and 14,000 faculty and staff of the flagship College Park campus. The Libraries’ extensive collections, programs, and services enable student success, support teaching, research, and creativity, and enrich the intellectual and cultural life of the community. A member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Association of Research Libraries, the UMD Libraries was honored with the 2020 Excellence in Academic Libraries award in the university category from the Association of College and Research Libraries.

The University of Maryland Libraries are committed to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. We support university and library efforts to create a more just campus environment, understanding the unique, interdisciplinary focus of libraries and archives as collectors and curators of the historical, literary, artistic, and scientific record. We provide collections, services, and programs that reflect the diversity of our community, heighten cultural awareness, and incorporate the histories, experiences, and expressions of those who have been historically marginalized and/or underrepresented. We work to ensure equitable access to our facilities, resources, and services.

NATURE OF WORK:  Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) at the UMD Libraries seeks a Coordinator to improve access to SCUA’s labor collections holdings, including the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Archive. The Coordinator will take a leading role in accessioning and processing for the AFL-CIO Archive and additional labor collections across the department. 

SCUA’s rich labor collections encompass the history of labor unions in North America, national and international labor unions, as well as Maryland-related labor movements and issues. Particular collection strengths include but are not limited to the AFL-CIO Archive; the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America; the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union; the Cigar Makers’ International Union of America; and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. This position is financially supported by the AFL-CIO, an umbrella organization for dozens of labor unions in the United States. The AFL-CIO Archive was originally housed in the George Meany Memorial Archives at the National Labor College in Silver Spring, Maryland. In 2013, the entire archive was transferred to the University of Maryland, College Park. With the acquisition of the AFL-CIO Archive, the UMD Libraries established a premier collection for labor research. 

As a member of the archives technical services unit (Access Team), the incumbent will have primary responsibility for supporting the access-related needs of SCUA’s Labor collecting area by accessioning – establishing baseline physical and intellectual control over new and legacy collections –  conducting archival processing activities and creating metadata, supervising students around those activities, and coordinating cataloging and/or preservation activities with other colleagues in the Libraries. The incumbent will join a collaborative and dynamic team. Rather than seeking a complete match with this job description, we encourage applicants with relevant archival skills and experience, who can learn and grow with our organization.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • B.A. degree required
  • Minimum of 2 years working in special collections or archives
  • Experience accessioning, arranging, and describing archival material
  • Demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and practice, especially efficient processing strategies 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of archival and library content management systems 
  • Experience working collaboratively and independently 
  • Knowledge of current developments and practices in the stewardship of archives and born-digital records
  • Ability to plan and carry out projects to improve stewardship of archival materials of all formats including paper, artifacts, audio, visual, and born-digital records
  • Ability to communicate effectively, through a variety of methods, with audiences of different interests and expertise

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APPLICATIONS: Electronic applications required. Please apply online at  No relocation assistance will be provided.  You must be legally able to work in the United States; the University of Maryland Libraries will not sponsor individuals for employment.  An application consists of a cover letter which includes the source of advertisement, a resume, and names/e-mail addresses of three references. 



Applications will be reviewed as they are received.  For best date of consideration, please apply by January 1, 2024 


Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. A prior criminal conviction or convictions will not automatically disqualify a finalist from employment in the position.


The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


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