University Archivist – Special Collections -- University of North Texas -- Denton, TX

Position Title: University Archivist – Special Collections
Job Location: Denton, TX
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
Salary Information: Salary is dependent on qualifications.

Department Summary: A wide range of student and faculty-centered services are the cornerstone of the Libraries’ integral role in the University of North Texas community. As the most-used service on campus and an essential component of education and research at the University of North Texas, the Libraries offer access to an abundant collection of more than 6 million items (print and digital) along with expert personnel to assist patrons in achieving their academic and scholarly goals. We provide innovative and inclusive programs and support to enhance the intermingling of teaching, learning, and research at UNT.

As the most-used service on campus and an essential component of education and research at the University of North Texas, the Libraries offer access to more than 6 million items (print and digital) along with expert personnel to assist patrons in achieving their academic and scholarly goals. We provide innovative programs and support to enhance the relationship between teaching and learning at the University of North Texas.

The Special Collections department collects and preserves rare and unique materials including rare books, oral histories, university archives, historical manuscripts, maps, microfilm, photographs, art and artifacts. Collections are visited annually by scholars from across the country as well as by visitors to our reading room exhibits.

The University of North Texas is a student-centered public research university with over 42,000 students. A Carnegie-ranked Tier One public research university. UNT is one of the nation’s most diverse universities. UNT has been designated as both a Minority Serving Institution and Hispanic Serving Institution and stands committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in its pursuit of academic excellence. We are big and bold.

Position Summary: The University Archivist will work directly university departments, university organizations, students, faculty members, alumni and community members to preserve and make accessible the history of the UNT. The University Archive collects broadly to encompass the educational, social and cultural history of UNT and surrounding community. The University Archivist will be responsible for the collection of both physical and digital archival materials, as well as for the description and preservation of University Archive collections. The University Archivist will encourage use of the Keeper App to facilitate the collection of digital archival materials, and will seek innovative ways to continue to build collections that documents the rich history of UNT. The University will seek to form beneficial cooperative relationships with archivists at other UNT System campuses. The University Archivist will supervise one full-time staff member and may supervise one or more student assistants.

SPECIFIC POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Collect appropriate materials in both physical and digital formats to add to the University Archive collections.
  • Oversee archival and digital curation of University Archive collections, including arrangement, description and preservation activities.
  • Responds to requests for information relevant to the University Archive, and seek to promote the use of University Archives through creations of guides and collection descriptions.
  • Ensure compliance with policies and procedures for the transfer or donation of archival materials.
  • Represent the University Archive in public events such as tours, class visits, instructional sessions and special events.
  • Serve as liaison for the UNT Denton Campus in meeting with other UNT system archivists
  • Supervise and direct the activities of one full time staff member.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Library Science, Archival Science, History or a related field
  • Training or coursework in archival methods for the preservation and maintenance of digital and physical archival records

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in an academic archive or special collections department.
  • Experience using special collections tools such as using Finding Aids for research and using Aeon for placing requests
  • Demonstrated knowledge of descriptive and metadata standards such as EAD, DACS and Dublin Core
  • Experience in the curation of digital archival materials
  • Teaching experience, especially experience utilizing primary sources for teaching at both the secondary school and college level.
  • Supervisory experience
  • Knowledge of the history of the north Texas region, local archival resources, and/or the history institutions of higher education

We want to emphasize that the preferred qualifications are not required and that we are committed to helping our future colleague develop these preferred skills. We strongly encourage those who are passionate about fostering diverse inclusive and equitable libraries to apply.

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