The Head of Archival Processing oversees all aspects of arranging, describing, and processing archival holdings of LSU Libraries Special Collections; hires, supervises, trains, and assigns work to Archival Processing staff; assists in acquiring and appraising archival collections; sets policies, procedures, and priorities for the processing and preservation of archival collections, in consultation with appropriate personnel; provides regularly scheduled public services; participates in the overall management of Special Collections; and works toward promotion and tenure.
35% Oversees all aspects of processing, arranging, and describing the archival holdings of the LSU Libraries Special Collections; hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates 2 FTE faculty and 3 support staff; maintains and reports processing statistics; develops and maintains policies and procedures for managing, processing, describing, and preserving collections, including implementation and application of archival management software; sets priorities for processing and digitization of archival collections, in consultation with appropriate personnel.
20% Accessions manuscript materials; assists in acquisition and appraisal of archival collections with the Curator of Manuscripts and the University Archivist; assesses processing needs of collections, determines the appropriate arrangement of materials within collections, and organizes his/her work and that of others to implement processing plans effectively and efficiently; performs historical research to properly describe materials for scholarly use; creates finding aids and original MARC records, employing EAD, DACS, LCSH, MARC, and LCNAF.
20% Participates in the overall management of Special Collections, including setting policies and procedures; strategic planning; development activities; preparation of reports, statistics, grant applications, etc; and other duties as assigned.
10% Provides advanced reference and research assistance to those using Special Collections and other library materials; interprets and enforces library policies for the security and administration of the collections.
15% Works to meet tenure and promotion requirements through research, scholarship, and service.
Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school program with a concentration in archives and records management. (Equivalent work experience in archives and records management and a related advanced degree may substitute for Master's in Library and Information Science(MLIS).)
Three years post-degree performing similar job duties.
Demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and practice, national and international standards, and best practices for appraisal, acquisition, preservation, processing, and provision of access to archival materials; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; demonstrated organizational, planning, and project management skills; familiarity with online and print research materials and methodologies; and knowledge of relevant emerging technologies.
Three years of supervisory experience.
Experience providing reference service in an archives or special collections setting; knowledge of archival management software, particularly ArchivesSpace; strong commitment to technical services in support of public services; demonstrated experience implementing EAD; ability to work with minimal supervision; knowledge of Louisiana and American history (particularly the American South) and related disciplines and research methodologies; and reading competency in French and/or Spanish.
Special or Physical Qualifications
Ability and willingness to lift 30 pounds
Please provide your cover letter, resume, and three professional references including name, title, phone number and e-mail address. A copy of your transcript(s) may be attached to your application (if available). However, original transcripts are required prior to hire. Please attach ALL required documents under the "Resume/CV" section of your application. Applications should be submitted on the LSU Career Site prior to November 12, 2020.
Additional Position Information:
Background Check - An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.
Benefits - LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; various leave options; paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption for qualified positions; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more!
LSU is committed to diversity and is an equal opportunity / equal access employer.
Questions or concerns can be directed to the LSU Human Resources Management Office at 225-578-8200 or emailed [email protected]
Internal Number: R00050454
About Louisiana State University
LSU was founded by the Louisiana General Assembly in 1853. It was founded under the name Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy and was located near Pineville, Louisiana. The first session began January 2, 1860. LSU is a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant institution, and is one of only 21 such universities in the nation. LSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The University includes 9 senior colleges and 4 schools, in addition to specialized centers, divisions, institutes, and offices. Enrollment is more than 30,000 students, including more than 1,600 international students and nearly 5,000 graduate students. LSU has more than 1,200 full-time faculty members and a staff of more than 3,000. LSU Libraries contain more than 3.2 million volumes. The School of the Coast and Environment (formerly CCEER) was designated as the first Coastal Marine Institute by the Minerals Management Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior.