Introduction The Archives of Appalachia at East Tennessee State University seeks a forward-thinking, dynamic, service-oriented professional for the position of Education and Outreach Archivist. The ideal candidate will bring experience in archival instruction and reference practices, enthusiasm for the culture and history of the southern Appalachian region, and innovative ideas for promoting engagement with the Archives’ collections.
The Archives of Appalachia was founded in 1978 to promote an understanding of the southern Appalachian region through supporting original research, educational engagement, and artistic creativity. Over the past forty years, the Archives has grown into one of the leading repositories for preserving and providing access to materials of enduring value that document the diverse culture and history of the southern Appalachian region. The Archives’ collections include almost 10,000 linear feet of manuscripts and records, over 90,000 audio and moving image recordings, almost 14,000 books, and nearly 250,000 photographs. It, along with ETSU’s Reece Museum and Regional Resources Institute, comprises the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services (CASS), which has been recognized as a Tennessee Distinguished Center of Excellence since 1984.
Job Summary Reporting to the Director of the Archives and working alongside the Collections Archivist, the Media Collections Manager, and the Archives Assistant, the Education and Outreach Archivist is responsible for all aspects of the Archives' education and outreach program. This includes working with the Archives Assistant to manage the reading room and respond to reference, use, and duplication requests both onsite and via distance; collaborating with University faculty and staff to encourage the integration of the Archives' collections into teaching and student research on campus; and actively engaging the broader Appalachian community through tours, presentations, workshops, and other public programs. This position develops and implements the Archives' online presence, contributes to the Archives' broader digital initiatives, and coordinates the Archives' exhibition schedule, which includes researching and producing exhibits and other displays. This position works with the Director to establish and implement education and outreach policies and procedures, assess the Archives' education and outreach program, foster community relations, and seek funding to support archival initiatives. This position supervises interns and student workers; assists with collection development and archival processing; represents the Archives on University committees; engages in professional service; and performs other duties as assigned.
Essential Job Duties
Oversees and assesses all aspects of the Archives' research services, including working with the Archives Assistant to manage the reading room and respond to reference, use, and duplication requests both onsite and via distance. Produces promotional materials, print and web-based guides, and other resources that enhance use of collections.
Collaborates with University faculty and staff to encourage the integration of the Archives' collections into teaching and student research. Promotes, develops, and conducts instruction sessions and workshops relating to the value and uses of archival materials. Creates subject guides and other instructional materials to highlight and enhance the Archives' role in the University's educational mission.
Promotes community outreach, including tours, presentations, workshops, and other public programs with the goal of actively engaging the broader Appalachian community in educational and cultural inquiry.
Develops and implements the Archives' social media strategy, and oversees the Archives' online presence.
Contributes to the Archives' digital initiatives, including the creation of digital content to support education and outreach.
Coordinates the Archives' exhibition schedule, and researches and produces exhibits and other displays.
In consultation with the Director of the Archives, establishes, implements, and assesses education and outreach policies and procedures. Includes updating existing policies and procedures to ensure they reflect current archival best practices and support the Archives' stated strategic priorities.
Supervises and trains interns, graduate assistants, and work-study students as assigned.
Secondary Job Duties
Assists the Director of the Archives in preparing grants and proposals, and fosters community relations in support of the Archives' programs and initiatives.
Assists with collection development and archival processing, as needed and as time permits.
Represents the Archives on University committees and participates in University programs as assigned.
Engages in research, scholarly publication, or other professional service activities. Participates in local, regional, or national professional organizations and enriches professional expertise by attending conferences and continuing education opportunities.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Job Category: Administrative
ALA-accredited master's degree in Library and Information Science OR equivalent education and experience (advanced degree in a subject area relevant to the Archives’ holdings combined with appropriate teaching and archives experience).
Experience in providing reference services and/or teaching from primary sources.
Internal Number: 12508
About East Tennessee State University
Founded in 1911 (as East Tennessee State Normal School), East Tennessee State University serves over 15,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. ETSU has eleven colleges and schools, including health sciences, liberal arts, education and business & technology. ETSU is centered on a warm and friendly residential campus nestled in the secure and beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of northeast Tennessee. As part of the ETSU community, you will enjoy all the region has to offer, including snow-skiing, various festivals, numerous golf courses and lakes, popular national and state parks, whitewater rafting, the Appalachian Trail, and much more.