Columbia, SC: Librarian, University of South Carolina

Job Title Librarian
Internal Title Archivist
Band Unclassified
Requisition Number 008354
Minimum Salary Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Pay Basis 12 months
Department Thomas Cooper Library
Campus USC Columbia
Expected Fill Date 03/01/2015
Job Posting Date 11-26-2014
Minimum Posting Period Ends 12-02-2014
Type of Position Permanent
Job Type Full-Time
Job Category Faculty
Job Description

The University of South Carolina Libraries seeks applications for a dynamic professional for the position of Archivist in the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. Reporting to the Director of the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, the Archivist works collaboratively within the department to set priorities and determine appropriate approaches to processing collections and preparing them for use. As a member of the Irvin Department, the Archivist will share in providing service at the Reading Room desk and will participate in instruction and outreach activities, digitization projects, preparation of exhibits, acquisition of manuscript and archival collections, donor relations, and the development of grant proposals as appropriate.

The University of South Carolina, founded in 1801, enrolls approximately 23,300 undergraduate students and 6,400 graduate students on the Columbia campus. University Libraries contains more than 3.5 million volumes, 20 million manuscripts, 325,000 maps, and 944,000 government documents; and houses the University’s special collections. University Libraries is a member of LYRASIS, OCLC, the Association of South Eastern Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Center for Research Libraries.

Develop program goals, priorities, processing plans, and metrics for the processing of Irvin Department archival collections.

Arrange and describe literary and historical archival collections in accordance with best practices.

Implement the Department’s online web-based finding aids using ArchivesSpace.

Collaborate with Digital Collections to develop digital projects that increase access and promote the Department’s archival collections as appropriate.

Collaborate with conservation professionals to plan for the conservation of collections.

Participate in general planning and policy development.

Contribute to department reference services by providing reference assistance in person and remotely.

Serve on relevant library-wide committees.

Actively contribute to the profession through professional service.

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a full-time, 12-month, unclassified, tenure-track, faculty status position with the rank of Librarian. Benefits include medical, dental, and state retirement or optional retirement plan.

Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. USC is an EOE.
Minimum Qualifications Qualifications:
MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution, or equivalent degree in which coursework has focused on the intellectual control and organization of archival collections. A successful background check is required.

Two or more years of experience in archival arrangement and description, preferably within an archive or special collections in an academic or research library required. Experience supervising students and volunteers required.

Demonstrated proficiency in archival theory and practice, especially processing and description, including minimal and basic processing strategies. Demonstrated experience as lead processor on large-scale and/or complex processing projects, managing multiple projects, setting and meeting goals, and developing metrics to measure progress throughout a project.

Demonstrated knowledge of DACS, EAD, MARC, LCSH, experience in the use of automated archival collections management systems, specifically Archivists Toolkit and its successor ArchivesSpace.

Knowledge of basic preservation and conservation issues as they relate to archival collections.

Knowledge of rights administration and management issues for archival collections.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills; excellent analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills; excellent interpersonal skills and experience working collaboratively with varied groups within a complex organization and team environment. Great attention to detail; demonstrated ability to manage time and tasks and complete projects in a timely manner.
Preferred Qualifications

Experience providing reference and research support to archival and special collections users is desirable.


Note from Archives Gig: This is an excerpt of the full job description.  Search for Requisition Number 008354 on the USC Jobs site for the complete announcement.

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