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University Archivist

Georgia State University
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 15, 2024

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Non-Tenure Track Open Rank Faculty

Position Title
University Archivist

GSU Information

Georgia State University is a national model for innovation and opening opportunities for all, ranked 2nd most innovative by U.S. News & World Report, ranked 1st among public universities in undergraduate teaching, the number 1 nonprofit university to award bachelor’s degrees to African American students, 6th in the country for its first-year student experience, and highly ranked for enabling the social and economic mobility of its students. Among the most diverse universities in the nation, Georgia State opens global perspectives as the number 1 U.S. public university sending African American students to study abroad.

A regional gateway to higher education, the five suburban Perimeter College campuses provide more than 30 associate degree pathways. The downtown Atlanta campus offers more than 250 degree programs in 100 fields of study at the undergraduate, graduate and first-professional degree levels.
With five university-wide research centers and numerous centers and institutes at the college and school levels, Georgia State’s interdisciplinary, dynamic and productive research enterprises address major health and societal challenges.

Georgia State is vital to the regional economy, with a more than $2.9 billion economic impact, and is also a vital part of Atlanta’s vibrant arts and entertainment community, with highly regarded programs in music, art, creative writing and film, the Rialto Center for the Arts, and the Creative Media Industries Institute that contributes to innovation and the workforce for interactive media and media entrepreneurship.

Library Special Collections


Position Type
Full Time Faculty

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About the Department

The University Library at the main Atlanta Campus provides one of the most attractive, open, and inviting educational facilities in the Southeast. With over 1.25 million annual visitors, the library is an integral part of the University community. The library is a valued partner within the campus community, offering a modern, inviting, and centralized facility supporting teaching and research with extensive collections and outstanding assistance. Learn more about the University Library at .

The University Archives is part of the Special Collections and Archives department of the University Library, which includes the following collection areas: Southern Labor, Music & Popular Culture, Women’s Collections, Gender & Sexuality, Photographic Collections, Atlanta Civic & Neighborhood History, and rare books.

Position Description

The University Library seeks a motivated, collaborative, and service-oriented University Archivist (open rank, non-tenure track faculty: options are: Librarian Instructor, Librarian Assistant Professor, Librarian Associate Professor) to provide leadership and expertise in the management of the University Archives, handling materials in all formats, engaging in instructional activities, and providing research support. The University Archives serves as the official “institutional memory” of the university, providing long-term preservation and access to the collection documenting its development and history.

Responsibilities Include:
  • Identifies, appraises, and acquires historical administrative and academic records in all formats that document the history of Georgia State University, its faculty, staff, students (including student organizations), and community to build and strengthen the University Archives.
  • Works with administrative units across campus to ensure records identified as permanent records under the University System of Georgia records schedule are acquired, preserved, and accessible.
  • Strategically collects contemporary content that reflects the diverse culture and community of GSU .
  • Prioritizes access to university collections by processing collections in all formats and creating public access to materials in ArchivesSpace.
  • Conducts oral histories of key faculty and administrators to fill gaps in the official institutional record.
  • Engages with student groups to document their activities and history on campus.
  • Promotes the history of the institution through reference, outreach activities, and instruction.
  • Works with other faculty in the Special Collections & Archives department to research, develop, and design engaging and educational physical and digital exhibits.
  • The position serves as a member of the library faculty (12-month, non-tenure track), holds faculty rank, and is expected to participate in research, professional development, and service activities as outlined in the University Library’s faculty guidelines. The library is committed to providing exceptional professional development opportunities for its employees. While not required, employees are welcome to further their careers by earning an additional advanced degree, and, in most cases, tuition assistance is available.
Required Experience
  • Minimum of one year experience working in archives or special collections.
  • Experience processing archival collections and creating finding aids.
  • Experience working with archival collections, instruction, and outreach in a digital environment.
Required Education

Master’s degree from an ALA -accredited Library/Information Science program or an accredited graduate degree in a relevant field (e.g. History, English).

Preferred Qualifications/Experience
  • MLIS with a concentration in archives administration or graduate degree with a concentration in public history, museum studies, or other relevant concentration.
  • Experience working in an academic research library.
  • Demonstrated initiative, self-direction, and commitment to innovation and creativity.
  • Experience with ArchivesSpace.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Knowledge of current trends and developments in archives and special collections.
  • Knowledge of records management principles and best practices.
  • Ability to work with researchers, donors, alumni, and other constituencies.
  • Excellent oral, written, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of current practices related to acquiring, processing, and preserving born-digital records.
Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations, etc

Pre-Employment Requirements

Work Hours

Monday – Friday 8:45 to 5:15

58,000 - 70,000

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Open Until Filled

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Equal Opportunity Employment Statement

Georgia State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or protected veteran status in its programs, services, activities, employment, and/or admissions. Additionally, the University promotes equal employment opportunity for women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans through its affirmative action program.

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  1. Resume/CV
  2. Letter of Intent/Cover Letter
  3. List of Three (3) Professional References
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