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Processing Archivist

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Work type: Faculty- Librarian
Location: UMBC Campus
Categories: Library, Library


Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery

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The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery seeks an Archivist for our Special Collections department. This permanent status-eligible full-time, non-tenure track library faculty position at the rank of Librarian I reports to the Curator & Head of Special Collections and will work closely with the Special Collections Librarian and the Reference and Instruction Archivist.

  • Processes archival and photography collections according to department and professional standards.
  • Creates finding aids compliant with archival metadata standards.
  • Coordinates creation of cataloging records with Technical Services.
  • Collaborates in developing and documenting new archival procedures and updating existing guidelines and procedures.
  • Manages the long and short term planning for processing collections.
  • Works directly with campus departments to coordinate the development, management, and use of the University Archives records collections.
  • Provides consultations, workshops, and training to campus departments for managing print and electronic records.
  • Coordinates transfers to University Archives, updates descriptive records, builds partnerships with campus departments and committees.
  • Works closely with Alumni Affairs.
  • Conducts archival reference, outreach, and instruction.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
  • At the time of appointment, an ALA-accredited Master's degree in Archives or Library/Information Science with an emphasis on formal archival education and training, OR a Master's degree in history, American Studies, or other relevant discipline, with experience in archives, archival course work, or archival certificate. Early career archivists encouraged to apply.
  • One year of experience working in an archives, special collections, or comparable setting (may include as an intern, volunteer, or student worker).
  • Familiarity with EAD, DACS, and other archival standards. Excellent computer skills, including experience with a collection management system such as ArchivesSpace or PastPerfect.
  • Physical ability to lift archival boxes weighing up to 40 pounds and to push a loaded cart weighing up to 200 pounds.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • At least six months of archival processing experience.
  • Demonstrated ability and initiative in reference, outreach, and instruction.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of creating and managing digital content.
  • Supervisory and project management experience.
Special Instructions to Applicants:

With application, please upload a cover letter, a resume or curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three professional references.


For questions about submitting application materials, contact Teresa Reese at

For questions about the position, contact Beth Saunders at

Screening of Applications Begins: Review of application materials will begin December 11, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.   
Salary & Benefits:

This position is a 12-month library faculty appointment at anticipated rank of Librarian I. Salary commensurate with experience—minimum salary $49,500. Comprehensive benefits.

The successful candidate will be expected to meet library and university requirements for reappointment, promotion, and permanent status, as outlined in part 6.6 of the Faculty Handbook -

Hours: This position is a full time (40 hours/week)
About UMBC:

UMBC, an honors university serving more than 11,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students, is one of two public universities in Maryland to achieve the “doctoral/research university-extensive” Carnegie classification. Located just outside Baltimore and 45 minutes from Washington, DC, the campus is growing rapidly under dynamic leadership.

Our UMBC community redefines excellence in higher education through an inclusive culture that connects innovative teaching and learning, research across disciplines, and civic engagement. We will advance knowledge, economic prosperity, and social justice by welcoming and inspiring inquisitive minds from all backgrounds. The successful candidate will join a department with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence, and will be expected to contribute actively to these efforts (

 Equal Opportunity Statement: UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Accommodation: If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Work Authorization  As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.

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Applications close: Open Until Filled

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