Assistant University Archivist Librarian
Albert S. Cook Library
Towson University's Albert S. Cook Library seeks a dynamic and innovative individual to serve as the Assistant University Archivist Librarian. Towson University places a high priority on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates will be expected to explain how they have been and could be involved in advancing this campus goal. This position is a 12-month faculty status position available in Fall 2022.
Required: Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent accredited degree and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion are required. Ability to assume a variety of responsibilities related to archival material in all formats, including selection, appraisal, arrangement and description, preservation, and access and outreach. Demonstrated work or school experience with basic preservation and conservation standards for archival and manuscript collections. Demonstrated knowledge of current national data content and structure standards related to the archival control of collection materials. Ability to assist with disaster recovery efforts. Demonstrated knowledge of archival and library software applications. Strong, positive interpersonal and collaborative skills; ability to work in a team environment. Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills. Demonstrated initiative and ability to work independently and collaboratively on a variety of projects simultaneously. Demonstrated excellent organizational, analytical, time management, and project management skills. Ability to work flexibly and creatively in a changing and fast paced environment with a diverse population. Demonstrated ability to meet the University's criteria for promotion and permanent status of library faculty. Ability to work with a diverse population. Commitment to continued growth in areas of responsibility.
Reporting to the Assistant University Librarian for Special Collections and University Archives the Assistant University Archivist plays a key and collaborative role in building, stewarding, supporting research and teaching, and promoting use and engagement with university records documenting the history of Towson University across the diverse voices and experiences of students, faculty, and staff past and present. The Assistant University Archivist manages the routine transfer, accessioning, arrangement, description, and preservation of university records of all formats. Uses appropriate best practices and strategies to ensure the accessibility, preservation, discovery, and use of university records and the collective memory of the institution. Prepares finding aids, descriptive metadata, and research guides according to relevant professional standards and established local practice through the use of ArchivesSpace, Quartex, LibGuides, and related software. Assists in the preservation assessment and management of collections and in the selection of materials for conservation treatment. Contributes to the unit's reference, outreach, and instruction. Completes special projects as assigned. Participates in library assessment initiatives. This position is a 12-month faculty status position. Librarians are expected to progress successfully along the promotion and permanent status track and participate fully as members of the library faculty. Rank is determined by qualifications at time of appointment.
Albert S. Cook Library:
Albert S. Cook Library is the campus library for Towson University, the largest university in the Baltimore area and the second largest in the University System of Maryland. Cook Library also serves the Towson University Northeastern Maryland (TUNE) campus. With 23 faculty librarians and 25 staff, Cook Library provides superior support to Towson University.
Towson University was founded in 1866, is recognized by U. S. News and World Reports as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is Baltimore's largest university, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls almost 19,000 undergraduates and over 3,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has over 865 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 bachelor's, 45 master's, and 5 doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.
Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.
Applicant should submit a resume or curriculum vitae, cover letter and the names and contact information of three relevant references. Cover letters should detail how the applicant's teaching, service and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from underrepresented racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds; applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further Towson University's commitment to diversity.