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Instruction and Public Services Archivist- Libraries

West Virginia University
Morgantown, West Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 10, 2024

The West Virginia & Regional History Center (WVRHC) invites applications for the position of Instruction and Public Services Archivist (IPSA). The WVRHC seeks a collaborative and user-centered archivist to develop, deliver, and coordinate instructional activities in support of WVU’s teaching mission and provide oversight for the WVRHC’s reference and research services.

The IPSA will actively engage with faculty to provide research and teaching support for various disciplines from WVU colleges and schools. Using the collections at the WVRHC, the Instruction and Public Services Archivist will develop teaching resources and deliver instructional sessions that integrate primary source materials in the classroom. The IPSA will also collaborate with librarians in WVU Libraries Student Success and Research Support units to discover new teaching opportunities and build new curricular relationships across campus. The position will coordinate instructional activities within the WVRHC.

The IPSA will also lead the WVRHC’s public services operations by providing guidance and support for the reference staff. The position directly supervises one library associate with indirect supervision of two library assistants and a small group of student workers . The IPSA is responsible for updating operational procedures and workflows and directing the collection and analysis of relevant statistics. The IPSA may occasionally provide reference and research services as needed. The IPSA may also support K-12 teaching and learning and public programming featuring WVRHC collections.

Archivists and librarians at WVU hold non-tenured faculty appointments, and a record of job performance, professional development/research, and service is required for reappointment and promotion in rank. All librarians are members of the Library Faculty Assembly and participate in the professional life of this organization. The minimum starting salary for the IPSA is $61,000.

About WVU Libraries and the WVRHC
The WVU Libraries encompasses seven libraries: the Downtown Library, Evansdale Library, Health Sciences Library (Morgantown), Law Library, Health Sciences Library (Charleston), Mary F. Shipper Library at Potomac State College, Beckley Library at WVU Institute of Technology, and West Virginia and Regional History Center. Our collections include more than 1.8 million books, 400,000 eBooks, and 117,000 eJournals.

The West Virginia & Regional History Center (WVRHC) is the archives and special collections library at West Virginia University. We are a repository and research center that serves the public in addition to WVU faculty, staff, and students. The Center holds over 20,000 linear feet of collections and over 100,000 books that document the unique history and culture of West Virginia and central Appalachia. Collection strengths include authors and artists papers; feminist activism; WVU history; West Virginia government, politics, and policy; modern congressional archives; labor history; and family history among others. The WVRHC is also the home of a world class collection of rare books that include Shakespeare’s folios, first editions of British and American literature, the works of Isaac Asimov, and more.

Qualifications :

Eligible applicants must hold an MLS from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent and have two or more years of experience working in archives, special collections, libraries, or other heritage organizations. Additionally, applicants must have a demonstrated understanding of primary source literacy and historic research methods; presentation, pedagogical, and technology skills for effective teaching; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; and the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.

Teaching experience appropriate for an archival setting; a degree in a subject related to major collections in the WV & Regional History Center; knowledge of West Virginia history and/or American history; and supervisory experience are desired.

Interested applicants are asked to provide a curriculum vitae; a letter of interest that details how your background and experience make you a good candidate for the position; and contact information for three professional references. R eview of applications will begin on May 1.

About West Virginia University and Morgantown
Morgantown, WV is a growing university city. The area offers abundant outdoor recreation and the cultural opportunities of a college town. It is within easy driving distance of Pittsburgh, PA (70 mi) and is within a day's driving distance to Washington DC and Columbus, OH (200 mi).

At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.

From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley — the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position.

Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you're a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb.

Creating an inclusive, engaged, and dynamic learning environment is core to WVU’s academic mission. We welcome candidates who can contribute a range of ideas, approaches and experiences.

To learn more about West Virginia University, visit View current career opportunities at

West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

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