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Visiting Librarian, Archivisit

  • Post Date:October 8, 2019
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  • Offered Salary 40,000 - 60,000
    Employer Name Grand Valley State University Libraries
Job Description


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 the Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence dissemination travel grant page at Additionally, the State Library of Michigan offers Professional Development Grants for Librarians.


DISCOVER more about the benefits GVSU offers by visiting,the GVSU Wellness website,or the GVSU HR site


Interested in applying?  Go to and search for Visiting Librarian. Remember to include your Statement of Inclusion. Application deadline is November 1, 2019. For more information,visit our FAQ: The salary range is $49,000-51,000.

[email protected])or Annie Benefiel ([email protected]),search committee co-chairs.



Required Qualifications

·  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



Preferred Qualifications:

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


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.