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Accessioning and Processing Archivist,
 Accessioning and Processing Archivist 
University Archives, Special Collections & Archives 
Specialist Librarian (PLB2/4A) 
The University of Iowa Libraries seeks to hire an Accessioning and Processing Archivist at the Specialist Librarian classification (PLB2/4A) in the Special Collections & Archives department. Under the general direction of the University Archivist, the Accessioning and Processing Archivist is responsible for the accessioning, processing, and collection management of archival collections representing a wide variety of formats, including paper, audiovisual, and born digital, within the University Archives. The individual collaborates with the University Archivist and other colleagues within and outside of the Special Collections & Archives department to assess and accession new collection materials and work toward larger project goals such as the establishment of workflows and policies for incoming born digital material. Priorities for this position’s work will be to collaborate in developing strategies for addressing legacy descriptive and arrangement practices and engaging in reparative archival work, and to improve discoverability of collection materials, particularly those created by individuals and groups from Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, plus (LGBTQIA+) communities. 
Specific duties and responsibilities include: 
  • Coordinate and perform the accessioning and processing of University Archives collections in all formats and manage collection information in collection management software. 

  • Supervise and train students in University Archives processing and related activities. 

  • Participate in the Special Collections & Archives Processing Group, actively engaging in projects such as creating a unified Processing Manual, updating training methods across repositories, and developing and implementing workflows for born digital material.  

  • Collaborate with other processing staff to create sustainable processing workflows.  

  • Provide reference services and support day-to-day operations. 

  • Create and contribute to additional collection discovery tools. 

  • With other departmental staff, coordinate location and shelving decisions to effectively manage storage space. 

  • Contribute as appropriate to the development of grant narratives, work plans, and budgets. 

  • Collaborate closely with colleagues working in areas of collection development, archival and manuscript processing, preservation, and digitization. 

  • Keep abreast of developments in archival standards and developments, applying new rules, interpretations, and techniques as appropriate. 

  • Contribute to department-level planning and the formulation of new policies and procedures. 

  • Actively support the University of Iowa Libraries commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) in the workplace. 

  • Contribute to the profession through service, research, publishing, and/or teaching. 

  • Participate in and contribute to relevant library and university-wide activities and committees. 

  • Additional job duties as assigned based on individual knowledge, skills, and abilities.  

Position: Accessioning and Processing Archivist,
Organization: University of Iowa Libraries
Location: Iowa City,  IA 
United States
Salary: $52,500 - $64,000
Posting Start Date: 11/23/2023
Date Posted: 11/23/2022



Required Qualifications 

  • A graduate degree from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent international degree; or in archival studies; or in a related field with a focus on archival studies.
  • ?Training in, or demonstrated knowledge of, archival theory and practice.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of national metadata content and structure standards for archival materials, such as DACS and EAD. 
  • Understanding of extensible processing practices and ability to apply processing levels and use minimal processing techniques.  
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment where consultation, flexibility, collaboration, and cooperation are essential. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace, academic setting, or community.  


Preferred Qualifications 

  • One year of professional experience. 
  • Experience arranging and describing archival collections. 
  • Demonstrated experience working with the collection management system ArchivesSpace. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of metadata and description resources, such as Library of Congress Subject Headings, AAT: Art & Architecture Thesaurus, the Homosaurus, Metadata Best Practices for Trans and Gender Diverse Resources, and Anti-Racist Description Resources (Archives for Black Lives in Philadelphia Anti-Racist Description Working Group). 



Application Details: 

To apply for the position: http://p.rfer.us/UIOWAvxoDsk  
Applications are only accepted through the Jobs@UIOWA website. 


In order to be eligible for interview, applicants must upload the following and mark them as “relevant files” when you upload the documents: 

  1. Cover letter that clearly addresses how you meet each of the required and any desired qualifications of this position. To ensure strongest consideration, applicants are encouraged to state directly how they meet each of the required qualifications.  
  2. Current resume
  3. Statement regarding diversity, equity, access, and inclusion (DEAI). Include an applicant statement to include examples of ways you have advanced diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in an academic environment, in a workplace setting, and/or in the community, or provide other evidence of your demonstrated commitment to DEAI.   


This job ad will be posted through December 12, 2022 and may be removed from posting and filled any time after that date. Please contact andrea-rost@uiowa.edu if you have any questions about the position.  

The hiring salary range for this Specialist Librarian position is $52,500 - $64,000

Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and degree verification. References will be requested from candidates at a later point in the interview process. 


Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer 

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences. 

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services,?(319) 335-2660?or?fsds@uiowa.edu.? For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at?319-356-7543. 


Status: This listing expires on: 1/22/2023
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University of Iowa Libraries
125 W. Washington St

Iowa City,  IA 52242
United States
(319) 335-5871
Andrea Rost