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Furman University
Greenville, SC
Job Description: 

The Furman University Libraries welcome applications for a newly-created full-time faculty position of Archivist at the rank of Assistant/Associate Librarian in the Department of Special Collections and Archives.


This position works in the Department of Special Collections and Archives under the supervision of the Associate Librarian for Special Collections and University Archivist. Their primary responsibilities will be the appraisal, acquisition, arrangement and description, access services, and reference work for the Furman University Archives and manuscript collections. Together with the Associate Librarian, they will work on campus-wide efforts and initiatives on records management, instruction, and outreach.

This position works closely with the Digital Collections Center in the Furman Libraries and with Furman faculty interested in creating digital collections and digital scholarship projects using the university’s archival and manuscript collections.


Processes archival and manuscript collections of analog and born-digital materials for discovery and creates and updates archival and manuscript research guides and finding aids.

Promotes and supports collection access for researchers, donors, and Furman faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and students.

Develops procedures and workflows for managing born-digital materials for ingest, description, preservation, and access.

Works with faculty, staff, students, alumni/ae, and potential donors to identify collection needs, appraise and accept gifts, transfers of university records, and acquire additions to collections.

Works together with the Special Collections Assistant to manage archival workflow and processing priorities.

Working with faculty, creates, supports, and promotes high-impact classroom experiences for Furman students.

Provides reference and research service in Special Collections and Archives.

Recommends, updates, implements, and assesses archival policies and procedures.

Promotes the collections through physical and online exhibitions, publications, and social media.

Functions as a member of the University faculty, including attendance at faculty meetings and, when possible, membership on faculty committees.

Participates actively in the archives and library professions as part of professional development.

Maintains up-to-date knowledge of trends and emerging technologies in the archival and special collections library fields.


Salary commensurate with experience (minimum $53,000). Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life plans, and matching retirement plan (TIAA).



ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS in library and information science with formal training in archival work. Other advanced degree in a relevant discipline with significant and additional training and/or experience that specifically addresses the essential duties of this position will be considered.

Experience arranging and describing archival and manuscript materials, preferably in an academic setting.

Demonstrated commitment to a reparative framework in archival work and diversity and inclusion as an essential component of archival practice.

Experience providing research, reference, and instructional services in an academic library setting.

Demonstrably strong interpersonal, collaboration, and communications skills.

Strong cultural competencies and a desire to work with diverse groups of patrons, staff, and students.

Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups within a large organization and in a team environment.

Knowledge of current archival practices and descriptive standards such as DACS, EAD, and MARC.

Ability to tolerate occasional dirty/dusty conditions and lift and move a minimum of 40 pounds.


Two years of full-time archival experience in an academic setting.

Experience implementing and working with ArchivesSpace and/or other archival content management tools such as Omeka strongly preferred.

Demonstrated knowledge of digital preservation.

Knowledge of Archive-It or similar web archiving tools.

Experience working with web archives, digital repositories, and born-digital materials.

Knowledge of records management best practices.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should submit a letter of application and CV. Please include contact information for three professional references.

Review of applications will begin on: April 13, 2020.