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Job Summary The Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan collects and preserves the materials for, and promotes the study of, the history of the University of Michigan and the history of the state of Michigan, its institutions, organizations, and people.
The Library is searching for an energetic, innovative person with a background in archives and/or history with a passion and talent for discovering new collections documenting the history of the state of Michigan. This person will serve as the Johanna Meijer Magoon Principal Archivist, an endowed position. Reporting to the associate director, the holder of the position works throughout the state of Michigan in search of new collections in a variety of digital and analog formats, and will make special efforts to collect the records of groups under-represented in existing Library collections. The Library welcomes applicants at all stages of their careers, including those just beginning. Extensive travel – most within the state – is required.
In pursuit of the Library’s mission, we champion diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility. Our work engages a broad and diverse community with wide-ranging needs and concerns, and we empower all employees to actively participate in the ongoing process of learning about and responding to these needs. We value the synergy that results from sharing and leveraging our different experiences, backgrounds, skills, talents, and interests to build an environment in which all our community members can flourish.
Responsibilities The Johanna Meijer Magoon Principal Archivist leads the Library’s collection development activities in all areas of the history of the State of Michigan and plays the primary role in supporting the growth, diversification, and public understanding of the Library’s collections in that area. Just as important as sustaining the success of earlier collections development is the next person’s creative and critical thinking about new and essential areas for future collecting.
Through research, planning, and investigation the Magoon Archivist will identify opportunities and collection prospects; approach and steward prospective donors (often visiting them at their homes or offices); help them understand the research value of their archives and the benefits of placing the collection at the Bentley Historical Library; negotiate terms of the donation (with input from other staff or the University attorneys if necessary); select and appraise collections in the field; transfer or download digital content; pack, load and transport physical collections from donor’s locations to the library (or, less often, supervise professional movers); record important information about collections and donors in accession records and donor files; and work with archival processors to be sure the collections are arranged and described efficiently and effectively. The Magoon Archivist will also be expected to identify, appraise, and negotiate the transfer of digital content of historical interest relating to the state of Michigan, its institutions and people.
The Magoon Archivist selects and purchases published works and serials for the library’s collection, including both current publications and antiquarian materials related to the history of Michigan. This person also reviews and recommends websites for preservation by providing seed URLs to be crawled and archived.
The Magoon Archivist liaises with appropriate Library staff to ensure that collecting activity can be supported by available Library resources, and attends collection development meetings with the Library’s other archivists and administration. He/she will develop policies and procedures as needed to carry out the collecting goals, in part through ongoing collaboration with the Bentley’s digital curators, university archivists, reference staff, and administrators in external relations and academic outreach.
The Magoon Archivist ensures paper and electronic donor files are kept current, and writes, updates, and maintains documentation of collection development policies and procedures. This person will contribute to relevant reference, instruction, and outreach activities, including providing reference service to researchers and University offices and preparing and conducting primary source instruction as part of the Library’s well-developed program in outreach and education. Membership on committees, task forces, and engagement with Library programs and events will be expected, as will contributions to the regional, national, and/or international archival profession.
Additional Information Benefits: The University of Michigan offers excellent benefits and wellness opportunities. See hr.umich.edu/benefits-wellness for more information.
Rank and Salary: Rank and salary are dependent on experience and qualifications. This position is in the archival track, designated as ranked but untenured faculty by the Board of Regents. All faculty positions at the Bentley begin with a two year probationary period.
Application Deadline Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended. Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period, and review will continue until the position is filled.
U-M EEO/AA Statement The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Master’s or doctoral degree with concentration in archives or history
Knowledge of Michigan history, through education and/or experience
General understanding of archival appraisal (paper and digital), conservation and description or willingness to obtain same
Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to present and share ideas clearly and effectively
Able to work effectively both independently and with others as a team within a complex and fluid organizational environment
Able to routinely move boxes up to 40 pounds and to occasionally ascend/descend ladders or stairs
Able to travel extensively, mostly within the state of Michigan
Possess valid driver’s license
Published research in the history of Michigan and/or archival practices
Advanced knowledge of information technologies, standards, and best practices prevalent in archives
Internal Number: 173345
About Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan
The Bentley Historical Library collects the materials for and promotes the study of the histories of two great, intertwined institutions, the State of Michigan and the University of Michigan. The Library is open without fee to the public, and we welcome researchers regardless of academic or professional affiliation.
The Bentley’s 11,000 research collections range from the papers of governors of Michigan, to the records of student and faculty life at the University, to the entire historical record of intercollegiate athletics at Michigan, and much more. The Library houses a state-of-the-art conservation lab that conserves books, maps, architectural drawings, and other materials. The lab is also where expert archivists and conservators teach conservation techniques and aid in the reformatting of preserved materials.