Texas A&M University Libraries seeks a creative and dynamic professional to join the Texas A&M University Libraries as University Archivist. We are hiring one individual for a full-time position with an 11-month academic appointment beginning Summer 2020. This is an open-track faculty search allowing applicants to indicate a preference for either a tenure-track/tenured position with research and service expectations or a non-tenure track position with professional service expectations. Applicants will be considered for the faculty titles of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor or Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Associate Professor, Clinical Professor depending on qualifications.
Reporting to the Dean through the Associate Dean for Special Collections and Director of Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, the University Archivist is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the University Archives and will be the primary spokesperson for Texas A&M history on behalf of the Libraries. Responsibilities include coordinating the identification, appraisal, acquisition, storage, access, preservation and disposal of university archives in both Unpaper and electronic formats, including supervision of the University Records Manager and conducting archival review of university and departmental records, as required; organizing collections; creating archival based descriptions; providing online and in-house reference services. Additional responsibilities include onsite visits to investigate, assess, and acquire potential collections; donor engagement; conducting outreach programs to the campus community and participating in instructional sessions; collaborating in exhibit design and fabrication; participating in digitization initiatives; and curator engagement on the Clements Papers collections.
Tenure-track responsibilities include engaging in research activities leading to publications and national service to meet both the Libraries’ and the University’s requirements for tenure and promotion. Non-tenure track responsibilities include engaging in professional service at multiple levels with demonstrated national impact.
Founded in 1876 as a land-grant institution, Texas A&M University is the sixth largest university in the nation. The signature Aggie Spirit captures and embodies the university’s traditions and core values: Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect, and Selfless Service. The university has an enrollment of more than 68,000 students and 3,200 faculty.
The vision of the University Libraries is to be the indispensable hub for discovery, learning, and creativity at Texas A&M. The pillars of this vision are a distinguished collection of information resources unbounded by place and preserved for future generations; a suite of robust services and a dedicated team exceeding customer expectations; an inspirational environment that delights and invites use; and an organizational culture celebrated for its trust, openness to risk and strengthened by its collaboration and diversity.
The Libraries currently rank in the top ten among ARL U.S. Public Academic Libraries with competitive starting salaries (taking into account the regional cost of living). Current staffing includes approximately 160-170 classified and professional staff and 85-90 faculty. More information can be found at http://library.tamu.edu
Salary/Benefits: Faculty rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience; minimum starting salary will be $54,500. Excellent benefits include health plan and paid life insurance; several retirement plans including TIAA; paid holidays; no state or local income tax. Funding is provided for professional travel and development activities.
Applications: Applications must be received by March 15, 2020 for consideration. Applications should include a letter of application, current complete vita, and contact information for 3 professional references. They must be submitted through the Interfolio portal. Tenure-track/Tenured position applicants should use posting number 73384 (apply.interfolio.com/73384). Non-tenure track position applicants should use posting number 73387 (apply.interfolio.com/73387). Please be aware that this is a non-binding selection and can be changed at point of negotiation with the successful applicant.
The letter of application should explicitly address the applicant’s qualifications in context of knowledge, skills, and experience relevant to the specific position References will not be contacted without contacting the candidate first and verifying permission.
Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living ourcore values.
The Texas A&M System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.
Master’s Degree in Library and/or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution (or international equivalent)
At least 3 years of archival-related experience
Demonstrated commitment to providing excellent customer service
Experience working successfully with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds
Demonstrated interpersonal and teamwork skills complemented by the ability to take initiative
Graduate degree in history or related field with emphasis on archival work
Experience working in an academic setting
Experience with digitization initiatives or institutional repositories
Experience in the creation of exhibits or exhibit fabrication
Knowledge of Texas and/or Texas A&M University history and traditions
Familiarity with DACS, EAD, and major archival software and tools (e.g., AtoM, Archon, ArchivesSpace, etc)
Evidence of successful project management
About Texas A&M University Libraries
Founded in 1876, Texas A&M University has an enrollment of over 50,000 students, making it the seventh largest university in the United States. Texas A&M's designation as a land, sea, and space grant institution reflects a broad range of research with ongoing projects funded by agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research. The school ranks in the top 20 American research institutes in terms of funding.
The Libraries: Texas A&M University Libraries is a member of Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and is the University's principal research and information center, providing 4.5 million volumes, 5.7 million microforms, 91,580 print and electronic serial titles, 557,777 electronic books, and over 1000 databases. The University Libraries ranks 18th among ARL libraries in materials expenditures, with an acquisition budget of $13.5 million. There is a total budgeted staff of 242, including 75 librarians with faculty status. Librarians work in a sophisticated online environment utilizing Voyager, SFX, Metalib, CORAL and a full range... of electronic resources.
The Cushing Memorial Library and Archives is the rare books, special collections, manuscripts, and archival repository for Texas A&M University Libraries. The collections of the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives reflect the comprehensive nature of the educational and research enterprise at Texas A&M University as well as the wide diversity of interests of current and former students, faculty, staff and friends. The collections span the breadth of recorded history, from Sumerian clay tablets dating from 2400 BCE to contemporary science fiction paperbacks. These collections comprise over 22,000 linear feet of manuscript and archival material, approximately 200,000 printed volumes, over 300,000 photographs, hundreds of original works of art ranging from oil paintings to pastels to sculpture, and many individual artifacts. Collection strengths and interests of the Cushing Library include military history, science fiction, western Americana, 19th-century American prints and illustrators, modern politics, Texana, natural history, Africana, Hispanic studies, ornithology, nautical archaeology, 18th-century French history and culture, Mexican colonial history, the history of books and printing, the history of Texas A&M, and selected literary collections.