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Pennsylvania State University
  • Position Number: 1261958
  • Location: University Park, PA
  • Position Type: Libraries

Processing Archivist

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invite applications and nominations for the position of Processing Archivist in the Eberly Family Special Collections Library. The Libraries seek an engaged archivist who is dedicated to exploring the implications of archival processing, as well as apply and advance standards and strategies. In this position, you will be responsible for processing (arranging, describing, and preserving) manuscripts and archival records in a variety of formats, including born-digital, for broad and diverse audiences in support of PSU's mission for diversity in the academy. You will also collaborate on operational and project initiatives, including digital collections and exhibits, in support of the Special Collections service and outreach mission. This is a full-time, tenure-track faculty position reporting to the Head of the Collection Management for Special Collections. The Processing Archivist is expected to participate in library, college, and university governance and devote time to research, scholarly activity, and service to the University, the public, and the profession. New faculty benefit from the strong mentoring program developed by the University Libraries to support new faculty in tenure-track appointments in fulfilling expectations in the areas of librarianship, research, and service. We value diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and are actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. We will enthusiastically grow the University Libraries welcoming multicultural environment together. More information on Penn State's commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence, can be found by visiting For additional information about the Libraries' diversity efforts, please visit Responsibilities and Duties: The Processing Archivist will be responsible for the following: arranging and describing complex collections, while using professional judgement to guide decisions on retention and treatment of materials; investigating and implementing innovative, inclusive, and user-centered archival practices for access and discovery; integrating professional standards and processes, such as DACS and EAD, into workflows and practices; providing leadership in partnership with colleagues for collections management, including archival processing and digital collections curation; providing support for archival processing at commonwealth campuses, as appropriate; providing reference services to faculty, students, and other researchers on a rotating basis, including occasional weekend shifts; supporting curatorial endeavors and activities to ensure completion of collections management and control activities, including collections assessment, stacks maintenance, coordinating preservation and reformatting activities with appropriate library departments, and collecting workflow, use, and other statistics about the collections; participating on library committees, task forces, etc., as needed and appropriate; participating in local, regional, or national professional organizations; and enriching professional expertise by attending conferences and continuing education opportunities. Qualifications: Requires a Masters of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited program, or a graduate degree in archival studies, or an equivalent combination of graduate degree and archival experience; experience with arrangement and description of archival and manuscript collections; demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and practice; working knowledge of archival and descriptive standards, including DACS, EAD, and EAC-CPF; knowledge of basic preservation standards for archival and manuscript collections; excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills; ability to work effectively, both independently and collaboratively, in a collegial environment; and a strong commitment to diversity, equity, respect and inclusion. Preferred qualifications include experience with mass digitization, metadata creation, or digital collection support; experience with ArchivesSpace data entry; experience working with archival collections that contain born-digital records and other non-text based materials (e.g. audio-visual); knowledge of XSLT or other computing tools used for the management of archival descriptive data; and non-English language(s) proficiency. Environment: Consisting of over 225,000 volumes, the Penn State Special Collections strengths include: Rare Book collections of English and American literature, art and architectural history, emblem books, the history of photography, works of Joseph Priestley, African-Americana and the African Diaspora, art education, Utopian literature, and German literature in English translation. Literary manuscript collections include: the papers of John O'Hara, Chip Kidd, and Kenneth Burke. Historical collections and labor archives document Pennsylvania social, political, and economic history with special emphasis on labor, business, and the evolution of nineteenth and twentieth century industrial society. Core archival research collections include: the United Steelworkers of America, the United Mine Workers of America, the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, Pennsylvania railroad records, and business ledgers documenting the early iron industry in central Pennsylvania. The papers of Pennsylvania political figures such as Governors William W. Scranton and Robert P. Casey, as well as Civil War era diaries and letter collections are also part of the Library. The official records maintained by the University Archives document the University's 160+ year history and include University business records (paper and electronic), papers of Penn State presidents, faculty, and alumni, papers of numerous scholarly and professional associations and documentation of student organizations. The Library also includes an extensive sports archives, wide-ranging photograph and audiovisual collections, as well as the archives of choral music pioneer and entrepreneur, Fred Waring. For more information about the Special Collections Library, visit The Penn State University Libraries are a strategic asset to Penn State, advancing intellectual discovery, information literacy, and lifelong learning, all in support of the University's strategic goals in teaching, research, service, and outreach. The University Libraries is ranked among the top 10 research libraries in North America, according to the Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, and provides services at University Park and 22 other campus locations throughout Pennsylvania as well as online. We serve more than 6,400 faculty and 46,800 students at University Park, and approximately 97,500 students university-wide. More than 120 faculty librarians in the University Libraries benefit from extensive technological resources and research support services. Penn State, a land-grant institution, is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Association of American Universities. The University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the international Center for Research Libraries. The University Park campus is set in the State College metropolitan area, a university town located in central Pennsylvania. State College offers a vibrant community with outstanding recreational facilities, a low crime rate, and excellent public schools. The campus is within a half-day`s drive to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, or Pittsburgh. The University Park Airport is served by three major carriers with flights to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago and Detroit. For more information, please visit and Compensation and Benefits: Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits include liberal vacation, excellent insurance and health care coverage, state or TIAA retirement options, and educational privileges. In addition, faculty in the University Libraries are afforded funds for professional development travel annually. Faculty may be asked to travel as official representatives of the Libraries to certain events and those trips are reimbursed at full cost within limits established by the University. Application Instructions: Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted online. To be considered for the position, interested candidates should upload a letter of application, resume or C.V., and the names and contact information of three professional references (including email addresses). Review of applications will begin August 27, 2018 and continue until position is filled. Questions may be addressed to Lindsey Harter, Faculty Search Coordinator, at

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