University Archivist

05 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
02 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Iowa State University Library seeks an energetic and enthusiastic individual, who will have responsibility for building ISU’s University Archives and who will articulate a vision for collecting opportunities within and beyond the official records of the institution. In order to achieve a more complete record of Iowa State University and its activities, one that focuses on diverse voices and experiences, the archivist will understand the need for and lead the effort to fill gaps in the institutional record by seeking material documenting the university’s place and role in the larger social and cultural context within Iowa and the United States, and most critically, seek and collect evidence of individuals and groups who are underrepresented in the archives. The University Archivist will understand that collection efforts will seek all formats of material, and will pay special attention to email, websites, and other types of digital records. The archivist will directly supervise the Assistant University Archivist.

Reporting to the Head of SCUA, the UA will provide leadership for the selection, appraisal, transfer, description, and preservation of official University Records of enduring value. The UA may work with a variety of individuals to acquire personal papers and organizational records that document Iowa State University’s history in a broad context. They will be the lead promoter and representative of the archives to the university community and to external organizations and individuals, and they will partner with faculty to enthusiastically promote the use of primary source materials in the classroom.

ISU students, staff, and faculty strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society. Library staff must embrace an environment of inclusion that moves beyond simple tolerance to recognizing the richness in individual identities of people, and diverse perspectives. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce.

Important attributes will include ability to plan, organize, and set and achieve goals. Having the ability to effectively communicate and collaborate will be essential to success, as the candidate will be working within and across library departments and divisions to effectively lead this department and program. The successful candidate will also need to embrace the Library’s core values, demonstrate collegiality, and have a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity, public service, and the land grant mission.

A Librarian II will be able to demonstrate, through evidence, increasing skills and leadership potential. A Librarian III will demonstrate continued effectiveness, through substantial evidence, effective leadership and established research interest or professional activities.