Fort Hays State University and Forsyth Library invite applications for a special collections librarian and university archivist responsible for the acquisition, organization, preservation, and research use of a wide range of primary sources. In consultation with the coordinator of special collections, the librarian is responsible for recommending policy, acquiring, processing, and preserving materials for Forsyth Library special collections, and supervising assigned staff. The librarian collaborates closely with the digital curation librarian and the coordinator on selection of materials for digitization, exhibition, and promotion / outreach. As part of the campus records management team, the librarian fills the role of university archivist and is responsible for the long term retention of historical university records deposited with special collections. This is a 12-month non-tenure-track faculty position with an appointment and salary commensurate with experience and qualifications, and an anticipated start date of January 6, 2020.
American Library Association-accredited Master’s degree (e.g., MA/MLS/MLIS/MIS).
Certificate or concentration in archives or equivalent work experience as determined by the library dean.
Experience processing archival / special collections, either professionally or as part of an internship, practicum or other relevant student experience.
Excellent written and oral communication skills as demonstrated through the application and interview process.
Strong affinity for public service and research assistance as demonstrated through coursework or work experience.
Potential to contribute to archival librarianship through professional service and scholarship.
Society of American Archivists awards or certificates (e.g. Digital Archives Specialist, Academy of Certified American Archivist).
Experience using metadata standards such as RDF, Dublin Core, EAD, METS, MODS, PREMIS, or DACS.
Knowledge of current and emerging trends, issues, workflows, and best practices associated with digital and digitized content in an archival environment.
Two or more years’ hands-on experience utilizing preservation/conservation standards associated with a variety of formats (e.g. born digital or reformatted digital objects.
Experience navigating the legal and ethical issues affecting privacy, content restrictions, digital rights management, and access to archival materials.
Experience engaging diverse communities through the planning and implementation of programing and the curation of exhibitions.
Experience with relevant technology platforms associated with special and archival collections (e.g., ArchivesSpace, ArchiveIt, institutional repository software, Omeka).
Record of professional engagement, including service to archivist organizations, presentations at conferences, and peer-reviewed publications.
Demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate, and implement projects, independently and with teams.
Demonstrated commitment to user-focused services and collections.
Experience supervising the work of student employees.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Acquires, organizes, curates, and provides intellectual and physical access to rare books, manuscript, historical documents, and university records;
Creates finding aids using best practices and standards including DACS and EAD for online patron research;
Implements basic preservation and conservation methods to extend the life of physical and digital materials;
Works with a records management team to provide a university records retention schedule and user training;
Advises and assists researchers in the use of archival materials in research activities;
Interacts with donors of archival collections both internal and external to the organization;
Appraises potential collection additions and makes recommendations;
Participates in development and implementation of policies and standards relevant to special collections.
Hires, supervises and trains student employees, staff, volunteers, or interns;
Promotes collections through physical and online exhibitions, publications, presentations, instruction, teaching, and other outreach activities;
Maintains professional knowledge base and skills through continued professional development and research;
Provides support for faculty and student success as a library liaison to assigned disciplines;
Engages in professional activities and participates in various University or Library committees and groups.
Fulfills the requirements and expectations for scholarship and service as defined for library faculty.
Internal Number: R-02041
About Forsyth Library Fort Hays State University
Forsyth Library fosters learning, scholarship, and enduring connections to history, culture, and heritage as the foundation for knowledge and skills that enrich academics, work, and life. We aspire to be the experts our learners and scholars seek first for the acquisition, discovery, application, creation, and curation of high quality information and research and for the preservation of university and regional history and heritage. The library has 18 full time staff members, and over 150 research databases. The library is also home to the university archives, unique special collections, rich digital collections (http://contentcat.fhsu.edu/), a new institutional repository (http://scholars.fhsu.edu/) for research scholarship, and collections of state, federal and international government documents. More information is available on our web site (http://www.fhsu.edu/library) and through social media: