Processing Archivist

The ASU Library is seeking a highly motivated, collaborative, service-oriented archivist to join our Collections Care and Processing Team as Processing Archivist.  Under the supervision of the Co-Lead for Collections Care and Processing, the Processing Archivist will primarily be responsible for arranging and describing new and backlogged manuscript and archival materials in all formats held in the Arizona State University Library’s Distinctive Collections and University Archives, using applicable professional standards and best practices.  This work will include surveying collections; developing appropriate processing work plans; identifying conservation and supply needs; completing necessary rehousing and arrangement work; authoring finding aids using ArchivesSpace; and working with curators and key staff to accomplish Library and unit goals.

The Processing Archivist will assign processing priority rankings to newly acquired collections, participate in projects to survey backlogged materials to identify immediate preservation needs and establish processing priorities, re-evaluate previously assigned priority rankings as needed, and reappraise current archival holdings.  In concert with the Co-Lead and Collections Care and Processing archivists and para-professional staff, the Processing Archivist will help design data-driven, results-based policies, procedures, and workflows to create and maintain efficient and productive processes.

This position will involve working effectively with teams, adherence to standards, attention to detail, and moving materials weighing up to 50 pounds and shelving or retrieving materials from stacks at ground level up to thirty feet high. At the direction of the Co-Lead, the Processing Archivist will assemble and lead field teams in evaluating, packing, and transporting new archival collections from donor homes, offices, and other locations to the Library.

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Required qualifications

  • ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS degree or equivalent; (OR, Master's degree in History or a related discipline AND formal coursework in archival administration)
  • Experience in arranging, describing, and preserving archival collections.
  • Knowledge of current nationally accepted library and archival descriptive and metadata standards [e.g. Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) and Encoded Archival Description (EAD)].

Preferred qualifications

  • Supervisory experience, including hiring, training, supervising, and evaluating student and para-professional workers.
  • Demonstrated experience using current library and archival descriptive and metadata standards [e.g. Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) and Encoded Archival Description (EAD)].
  • Experience using ArchivesSpace (preferred) or other collection management systems.
  • Knowledge of basic preservation and conservation standards for archival materials.
  • Knowledge of Arizona and/or southwestern history.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple complex and time-sensitive projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and communication skills and ability to maintain positive and productive work relationships with co-workers.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Scholarly publications or conference presentations.

Salary and Rank: This is a continuing appointment track Academic Professional position; Assistant/Associate Librarian and salary dependent upon experience. Early career professionals are encouraged to apply.

Application Procedures: Application packet consists of a cover letter, comprehensive vita or resume, and names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of 3 recent professional references.  The application should be sent as a single (one) complete electronic file to Lillie Johnson.  Questions about the position and search should be directed to Lorrie McAllister, Associate University Librarian for Collections and Strategy.

Application Deadline: Application deadline is May 29, 2018; applications will be reviewed weekly thereafter until the search is closed.

Other Information: Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.  A background check is required for employment.  For more information regarding ASU, please visit our web site:  For more information about the Phoenix metropolitan area, please visit 

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  Women and minorities are welcomed and encouraged to apply.