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
- Develop and maintain the unit’s record of provenance and usage
- Oversee outreach efforts to the university community to
increase usage of collections in support of learning and
- 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
- Perform other duties as assigned.
• A Master’s degree in Library or information Science from an
American Library Association (ALA) accredited program is
- 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
• 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.