Processing Archivist

ASU Library seeks a Processing Archivist to arrange, describe, and enable access to archival materials within ASU Library’s unique and diverse collections. Reporting to the Head of Community-Driven Archives, the Processing Archivist applies appropriate professional standards and best practices to process special and archival materials in all formats and includes materials in Spanish. The Community-Driven Archives unit centers the lives and voices of historically marginalized communities in the southwest region, including Latinx, Black, Indigenous, Asian and Pacific Islander, and LGBTQ communities. This unit employs a team-based approach to collections services, including community engagement programs, reading and reference services, instruction for ASU courses and community colleges, and other activities supporting education with primary source materials.

The Processing Archivist contributes to effective collections lifecycle management, working with personnel in the areas of digital preservation, metadata, conservation, reformatting services, and high-density storage to enable long-term access to ASU archival collections. The Processing Archivist prioritizes collections for processing, surveys collections, develops processing plans, identifies preservation and conservation needs, rehouses and arranges materials, authors metadata and finding aids, and performs subject analysis to enable access to archival collections for ASU scholars, learners, and the public. The Archivist fulfills the responsibilities expected of Academic Professionals holding a Continuing Track appointment, including position effectiveness, professional contributions, and service.

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  • ALA-accredited Masters degree in Library and Information Science
  • 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)]
  • A statement in your cover letter addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to social justice, diversity, equity and/or inclusion will advance ASU Library’s commitment to inclusive excellence.


  • Reading knowledge or fluency in Spanish.
  • Knowledge of Arizona and/or southwestern history.
  • 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 or other collection management systems.
  • Knowledge of preservation and conservation standards for archival materials.
  • 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.

Salary and rank

This is a continuing track Academic Professional position; Assistant/Associate Librarian and salary dependent upon experience.

Application procedures

This is a paperless search; only electronic materials will be accepted. To apply, please submit electronically to the following: A cover letter, comprehensive vita or resume, and names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of 3 recent professional references. No paper applications, faxes or emails will be accepted.

The applicant’s last name should appear in each uploaded file name. Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair at: Application deadline is August 12, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until position is filled.

Other information

Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States. For more information regarding ASU, visit our website: For more information about the Phoenix metropolitan area, please visit

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