Head of Archives/Assistant Professor of Library Science


Edith Garland Dupré Library seeks applications for the Head of Archives, an Asst. Professor tenure-track faculty position. The position will manage the University Archives and Acadiana Manuscripts Collection (UAAMC), Louisiana Collection, and Rare Book Collection. Responsible for acquiring, processing, describing, and providing reference service to the collections. Responsible for recruiting, scheduling, training, supervising, mentoring, and evaluating digitization archivist, reference archivist, and three support staff. Prepare online exhibits. Plan and implement outreach programs to the university community and under-represented communities in Acadiana soliciting manuscript collections. Develop and oversee an ongoing oral history program for both the Acadiana community and the University. Collaborate with digitization archivist to develop a plan for the conversion of analog holdings to digital formats. Work on the implementation of an Institutional Repository for UL Lafayette. The incumbent is expected to demonstrate initiative and to assume a strong leadership position in establishing sound procedures for all operations of the department. This tenure-track position requires scholarship and participation in professional organizations, as well as service to the Library, University, and community.


Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution. Additional coursework in history and archives management. Three years progressively responsible professional experience or demonstrated familiarity with professionally accepted library and/or archival standards of classification, indexing and cataloging, and knowledge of automated records storage and retrieval systems. Knowledge of professional records management principles and practices. Demonstrated ability to learn and master new and legacy systems quickly. Knowledge of trends and issues in higher education including digitization and institutional repositories in an academic environment. Must possess excellent interpersonal, oral and written, analytical, and organization skills and be able to communicate and collaborate effectively with other library and university departments. Successful candidates must be committed to working effectively with diverse student populations. Applicants are expected to describe their commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment through their research, teaching, and/or service activities.


PhD or second masters in history or related field. Certified Archivist credentials. Understanding of trends affecting special collections, archives, and materials in digital and electronic formats; understanding of scholarly communication and publishing; experience working with research and/or teaching faculty, librarians, students and support staff as well as administrators in an academic setting. Knowledge of professional standards for creating and maintaining a trusted digital repository. Demonstrated skills at successful oral presentations, in training or in public settings.


Negotiable, but anticipated for January 1, 2018.


Letter of application, résumé, and the names and contact information of five references must be received at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette by November 1, 2017. .UL Lafayette is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Questions may be submitted to:

Sheryl M. Curry

Asst. Dean of Technical Services and Chair of the Head of Archives Search Committee.

Edith Garland Dupré Library

UL Lafayette



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