Assistant University Archivist (Centennial Project)

Description:

The University of Houston Libraries seeks an Assistant University Archivist (Centennial Project) to arrange, describe, and preserve collections of personal papers and organizational records in its University Archives, in the Special Collections department. UH’s dynamic and diverse campus will celebrate its centennial in 2027, and the University Archives is essential in documenting the university’s history. This fixed-term project position will play a vital role in meeting the increased demands to access and engage these unique historical materials.

Reporting to the University Archivist, the successful candidate will assist with the routine transfer, accessioning, arrangement, description, and preservation of university records in all formats, and survey, arrange, describe, and rehouse archival collections and accretions to existing collections following best practices. The position requires the successful candidate to employ archival standards and strategies to ensure the accessibility, preservation, discovery, and use of university records and the collective memory of the institution, as well as prepare inventories and finding aids according to relevant professional standards and established local practice using ArchivesSpace. In collaboration with the University Archivist and the Preservation and Reformatting department, the Assistant University Archivist will help identify items for digitization and support the digitization process. Additionally, the successful candidate will participate in UH Special Collections’ general reference work, including at the reference desk and paging materials to the Reading Rooms for researchers.

The University of Houston is a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution in the heart of a diverse city and state. The Libraries collections and services document the communities that surround it and provide expertise and promote values that advance critical inquiry and scholarship. The university prepares students to thrive in a globally interconnected world while contributing impactful research and innovation to the region and beyond. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and experiences who are prepared to engage in this environment.

Librarians are governed by the University of Houston Librarians’ Bylaws document. This librarian position is a full-time, non-promotion eligible appointment with a fixed-term for up to five years, renewed on an annual basis. UH Libraries supports the ongoing professional development of librarians, and our goal is to recruit librarians committed to continuous learning. 

Qualifications

Required:

  • Master’s degree in Information and Library Sciences, from an American Library Association-accredited program, Archival Studies, or an equivalent advanced degree in a related field in combination with professional archival experience or formal coursework in archival management
  • Archival processing experience; experience through internships or a practicum experience will be considered
  • Proven capacity to work effectively and collegially in teams with staff at all levels as well as faculty and students 
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills

Preferred:

  • Familiarity with multiple levels of archival processing, including detailed item-level and More Product Less Process (MPLP) practices 
  • Familiarity with ArchivesSpace 
  • Knowledge of descriptive metadata standards, including MARC, DACS, and data structure standards relevant to archival control of collection materials, such as EAD
  • Supervisory interest or experience as it relates to managing student workers
  • Project management skills

Salary:  $63,500 to 65,000 expected hiring range, depending on qualifications. Comprehensive benefits package; choice of retirement programs including TIAA; tax-deferred annuity program available; release time to take a class up to 3 hours/week; no state or local income tax.

Application Deadline:  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted at https://uhs.taleo.net/careersection/ex2_uhf/jobdetail.ftl?job=LIB000084 . Visit UH Libraries Employment page for more information https://libraries.uh.edu/about/employment/. Potential applicants seeking further information should contact Christina Gola, Associate Dean for Organizational Development, Learning, and Talent, at 713-743-9761 or chgola@uh.edu.

Libraries Information: UH Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, HathiTrust, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Digital Library Federation, and the Texas Digital Library. With more than 150 employees, we provide access to more than 3.1 million volumes. Additional information is available at https://libraries.uh.edu.

UH Libraries recently launched a new strategic plan (https://libraries.uh.edu/strategic-plan), in alignment with the University’s ambitious strategic plan (https://uh.edu/strategic-plan/).

General Information: The University of Houston, a dynamic research institution founded in 1927, stands as a vibrant hub of academic excellence and cultural diversity in Texas. With over 46,000 students, it offers a comprehensive range of programs across 15 colleges, fostering innovation in fields such as energy, health, hospitality, business, education, law, STEM, and the humanities. Boasting top-tier faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, student success initiatives, and a strong commitment to community engagement, UH prepares students to thrive in a globally interconnected world.

The University’s prime location in America’s fourth-largest city supports extensive industry partnerships and experiential learning opportunities. Renowned for its energy industry and NASA’s Space Center, Houston is home to a vibrant cultural scene with world-class museums, theaters, and restaurants. The University of Houston is an institutional member of the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world. Houston thrives as a hub for innovation, education, and arts, fostering a unique blend of community charm and modern progress. 

Appointment to this position is contingent on the results of a completed criminal history records investigation.

The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution and recognizes protected classes of race, color, sex (including pregnancy), genetic information, religion, age (40 and above), national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or status, and gender expression as required by federal law. Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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How to Apply

Applications should be submitted at https://uhs.taleo.net/careersection/ex2_uhf/jobdetail.ftl?job=LIB000084


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