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University Archivist

Lamar University
Texas, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Oct 28, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Mary and John Gray Library at Lamar University seeks an innovative and creative individual to join our team as University Archivist. Reporting to the Dean of the Library, the University Archivist provides leadership for the ongoing development, operation, and promotion of the University Archives and Special Collections and serves as the University Records Manager. The Archivist will also participate in the planning for a new Archives and Special Collections Center. The Archivist will work closely with the Dean of the Library in seeking external funding for the growth and development of the unit and its collections, and will actively seek opportunities for regional, statewide, and national partnerships. The Archivist will supervise a staff consisting of one full-time librarian and three full-time staff members. This is a tenure-track faculty position. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.  
With an enrollment of over 16,000 students, Lamar University is one of Texas’ fastest growing universities. The Carnegie Research university has been nationally recognized for the quality of its core curriculum and the diversity of its student body. Beaumont is a Texas Gulf Coast city located between Houston and New Orleans. With mild winters and an exciting blend of cultures, it offers much to do, with a wide variety of restaurants, museums, and arts venues. As the 4th largest U.S. city, nearby Houston offers an extensive range of attractions.
  • Oversee the operations of the University Archives, Special Collections, and Records Management.
  • Serve as University Records Manager, supported by a certified Records Management Assistant.
  • Oversee the creation of finding aids for the archival and special collections using current best practices. 
  • Develop a long term vision for the unit that fits the strategic direction of the university and library.
  • Develop and disseminate appropriate policies and procedures.
  • Develop and maintain the unit’s record of provenance and usage rights.
  • Oversee outreach efforts to the university community to increase usage of collections in support of learning and research.
  • Manage the unit’s reference assistance service.
  • Work with the Dean to develop sources of external funding, including donations and grants.
  • Continue to develop Special Collections by soliciting donations of materials and through selective acquisitions.
  • Maintain and update professional knowledge and skills on a continuing basis.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
• A Master’s degree in Library or information Science from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited program is required.

  • Five years of full-time experience in a university archives or Special Collections department, with a record of increasing responsibility, is required.
  • Supervisory experience.


  Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of current trends and best practices in the archival, special collections, and records management fields. 

  • Knowledge and experience in the use of archival and metadata standards, such as EAD, Dublin Core, and MODS.
  • A demonstrated desire and record of developing professional skills and knowledge.

  • Familiarity and experience with digital tools, such as ArchiveSpace, institutional repositories (IR), Photoshop, and a high level of familiarity with Microsoft Office products.

  • Effective oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work with and serve a diverse community of faculty, students, researchers, and members of the community.

  • A record of accomplishment in the areas of scholarship and/or professional service suitable for appointment as a tenure-track faculty member.

• Preferred: Certification by the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA).
• Preferred: A second graduate degree in History or other appropriate discipline. 


Lamar University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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