Summary: Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Libraries is seeking candidates for a visiting faculty fellowship for 2020-2023. This three-year appointment, contingent upon continued funding, is for a user-focused and collegial Archivist with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Faculty Fellows will gain professional experience as an academic librarian and a faculty member. They also will gain a depth of expertise in their primary assignment as well as holistic experience throughout the libraries.
Archivists work with historically significant collections in the Special Collections and University Archives to facilitate their use in teaching and research. Archivists engage in archival arrangement, preservation, and description following national and local best practices and rules of description. They demonstrate flexibility and creativity, an understanding of the liberal arts education mission, and work collaboratively and independently within a dynamic, team-based organization. They will report to the Head of Collections and Digital Scholarship and be located on the Allendale Campus.
This position will give the selected candidate the opportunity to:
PROCESS— The Processing Archivist will conduct archival processing, including arrangement, preservation rehousing, labeling, finding aid creation, and other associated tasks in the Special Collections and University Archives. They will work closely with the University Archivist and Digital Collections Librarian to evaluate, select, digitize, and catalog items digitized from archival collections.
COLLABORATE— Archivists work collaboratively to ensure that our approaches to archival processing balance user needs with archival best practices and available resources. Through special projects, they will have opportunities to work with faculty, staff, and students across the University. We invite applicants who have a user-focused, balanced, and creative approach to their work.
GROW— GVSU Librarians are members of the university faculty with a 12-month appointment. Librarians engage in scholarship, professional development, and service to the organization and the profession. There are opportunities to work across the Libraries and the University to gain experience and knowledge about areas of our profession, with an emphasis on collaboration. Librarians at GVSU engage in faculty governance and participatory-style management practices. In addition, the successful applicant will gain a greater understanding of how to flourish in an academic setting.
GVSU and the GVSU Libraries have a culture that encourages professional growth and development. Funding and support for conference travel and the dissemination of scholarly output is provided by both the Libraries and the University via internal grants and mentoring. For more information on how GVSU supports travel and scholarship, please see the Pew Faculty Teaching and learning Center grants page at https://www.gvsu.edu/ftlc/grants-47.htm and the Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence dissemination travel grant page at https://www.gvsu.edu/csce/dissemination-travel-grant-13.htm. Additionally, the State Library of Michigan offers Professional Development Grants for Librarians.
Master's Degree completed by June 2020 from a program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) or from a program in a country with a formal accreditation process as identified by ALA, with a specialization or concentration in archives
Ability to function productively and with flexibility in an evolving environment
Ability to work independently and collaboratively
Strong communication and interpersonal skills, such as the ability to interact with others with respect and empathy
Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion as well as a focus on user needs and experience
Confident humility – the ability to simultaneously acknowledge one’s own and others’ expertise and values
Self-starter – identifies work to be done and pursues that in line with the organization’s needs
Curiosity – self-identifies and pursues the need for new skills and knowledge
Ability to lift and carry up to 25lbs and navigate stairs
Understanding of project leadership and/or management
Understanding of archival and digital object description standards, including DACS, EAD, and Dublin Core
Experience working a collection management tool such as ArchivesSpace
Experience digitizing archival materials
Experience processing or conducting research with literary archives
Completed coursework and/or experience in one of the following: archival arrangement and description, preservation, records management, or appraisal
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Campus: Grand Valley State University Libraries is a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance. Our membership reflects our commitment to help diversify and thereby enrich the profession. To this end, we have created opportunities for individuals from professionally underrepresented groups to develop the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to thrive in an academic context.
GVSU is a public four-year comprehensive university located in west Michigan with campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids and Holland, plus centers in Muskegon and Traverse City. The University attracts more than 24,000 students with high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities. The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of over one million, is rich in cultural amenities, and in easy driving distance of superb summer and winter recreational venues.
Department/Division: University Libraries
Application Deadline: November 1, 2019
How to Apply: Apply online at jobs.gvsu.edu and select "Apply now". Please include a cover letter, resume and statement of inclusion. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. Please upload your statement of inclusion in the 'teaching statement' slot on the application. In addition, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.
Grand Valley State University educates students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies. The university contributes to the enrichment of society through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service.