University Archivist, Mississippi State University

Department Profile:

The University Libraries provide their communities of users an ongoing, creative and technologically advanced program.

Area of Specialization:

University Archives

Anticipated Appointment Date:

February 1, 2018

Tenure Track Status:

Tenure Track

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Manages University Archives, including developing and promoting University records management policies and procedures;
  • Accessions and processes University materials;
  • Manages books, periodicals, serials and vertical files;
  • Provides reference service for University Archives, and shares general reference duties with other Special Collections faculty and staff;
  • Serves as a Library liaison/subject bibliographer for special collections and assigned teaching department(s);
  • Participates in university and library-wide committees as assigned and maintains a course of professional development through active participation in professional associations and/or other professional activities external to the Libraries;
  • Supervises support staff and Library Student Assistants in the division;
  • Coordinates the University Oral History program;
  • Meets library and university requirements for promotion and tenure in the areas of librarianship, research, service and collegiality.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program;
  • 3-5 years of relevant library/archives experience;

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Supervisory and management experience;
  • Familiarity with genealogy research;
  • Additional graduate degree;
  • Documented record of professional publication and presentation.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience with automated library systems; such as Archives Space
  • Working knowledge of relevant descriptive and encoding metadata standards: EAD, MARC, DACS, and Dublin Core
  • Knowledge of current archival standards and practices and evolving technologies;
  • Familiarity with current records management practices;
  • Familiarity with cataloging standards for special collections publications;
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills as well as effective interpersonal, collegial and communication skills (both oral and written);
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member;
  • Ability to set and adjust priorities and work flows in a dynamic and changing environment and accept new challenges in order to realize departmental and library goals;
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, faculty and staff in a complex and rapidly changing environment;
  • Familiarity with computers and Windows applications;
  • Demonstrates potential for meeting the requirements for promotion and tenure

Instructions for Applying:

All applicants must apply online at and attach a cover letter and curriculum vitae.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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