Senior Assistant Librarian, University Archivist, CSU Dominguez Hills

Job No: 498826
Work Type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Dominguez Hills
Categories: Unit 3 – CFA – California Faculty Association, Librarian (Non-instructional Faculty), Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

Senior Assistant Librarian (12 month)
University Archivist
University Library

Position Description

The University Library at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) invites applications for a Tenure-track position at the rank of Senior Assistant Librarian (12-month) with the appointment starting in Summer 2021.

The University Library’s Gerth Archives and Special Collections seeks an innovative, collaborative, service-minded, skilled professional to join the Library as the University Archivist. Working with all campus stakeholders, the University Archivist will take a lead role in advancing the Archives’ mission to document all aspects of campus life. Components of this role will include collecting institutional records and working with the campus on records management activities to ensure preservation of assets of enduring value to the University. The University Archivist will also gather analog and digital records and materials relating to clubs, organizations, student government, and other activities of campus life. As one of the most diverse universities in the nation, CSUDH celebrates diversity in all forms, and the University Archivist will be instrumental in the program’s reparative mission to find and collect evidence of the individuals and groups currently underrepresented in CSUDH archival materials, including projects related to generating oral histories. Additionally, the University Archivist may search beyond the campus boundaries to document CSUDH’s impact on the South Bay, as well as its growing presence in academic and research communities.

The successful candidate will also coordinate some of the day-to-day operations for select archives projects; this will include assigning work, training, and supervision of staff, student assistants, and interns. In close operational consultation with the Director of Archives & Special Collections, the person will provide leadership for the University Archives in helping faculty, staff and researchers make informed decisions regarding the preservation, access, and use of institutional archival materials.


Library Faculty in the CSUDH Library have positions that enable them to provide leadership and coordination for a functional area as well as within a content area. In close consultation and coordination with the Director, Gerth Archives and Special Collections, the successful candidate will:

  • Create collaborative alliances with records creators (administrative units, academic departments, etc.) in developing policies and procedures for the creation, utilization, maintenance, retention, preservation and the disposition of university records.
  • Identify, select, appraise and facilitate the transfer of CSUDH archival collections and institutional records of enduring value.
  • Maintain current best practice knowledge relating to records management in order to provide consultation and advice on records retention practices.
  • Develop, document, and implement procedures for accessioning, arranging, describing, and providing access to analog and born-digital materials according to professional standards.
  • Promote knowledge about and use of collections via public programs and innovative outreach to relevant audiences for the University Archives.
  • Design other outreach activities, in consultation with Gerth Archives and Library colleagues, including exhibitions and social media campaigns.
  • Develop lesson plans and learning outcomes that integrate University Archives and other primary sources into information literacy instruction activities.
  • Teach primary source literacy to students, in collaboration with the efforts of the University Library’s information literacy program.
  • Collaborate with library subject liaisons to reach out to relevant campus departments to encourage closer alignment with curricular needs.
  • Collaborate with faculty across the curriculum to incorporate resources from the University Archives into undergraduate and graduate course-based research, in collaboration with the efforts of the University Library’s information literacy program and subject liaisons.
  • Coordinate select projects, including digitization projects, in the department and provide supervision of some full-time assistant and project archivists, students, and interns.
  • Process existing and incoming archival materials, using best practices and current national standards, describing collections, and creating finding aids in CONTENTdm, ArchivesSpace, and other departmental archival management systems, as appropriate.
  • Prioritize and oversee the arrangement and description of archival collections in physical and digital formats.
  • Provide reference services through a variety of formats to facilitate on- and off-site research.
  • Build a record of progressive scholarly and professional achievement to fulfill the University requirement of retention, tenure and promotion.
  • Collaborate with other Gerth Archives personnel to ensure the smooth and consistent operation of archival standards and policies as well as arrangement and description.


Required Qualifications

  • Applicants must have experience in working with students and colleagues from diverse age, socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds.
  • Master’s degree from an ALA accredited program in Library Science or Archives Administration, or international equivalent is required at time of appointment.
  • Minimum of two years’ professional-level experience in an institutional or Special Collections archives.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of archival management, records management and theory.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current national archival and descriptive standards and best practices, including EAD, RDA, and DACS.
  • Demonstrated experience in archival appraisal, selection, arrangement and description, reference, and outreach activities.
  • Ability to maintain an awareness of current developments, trends, and emerging technologies in archives and special collections including privacy, confidentiality, and copyright.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills.
  • Experience supervising full-time or part-time staff or student workers or volunteers.
  • Knowledge of current best practices related to access for born-digital collections and electronic records.
  • Demonstrated potential to meet the requirements for tenure and promotion under the Library’s criteria for professional performance, scholarship, and service.

Preferred /Desired Qualifications

  • Ability to create policies and procedures for archival processing workflows.
  • Experience gathering, analyzing, and reporting data.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital content metadata standards, digital repository platforms and digital preservation tools.
  • Knowledge of effective pedagogical strategies for teaching students how to locate, evaluate, and use archival and special collections materials.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging trends, issues, workflows, and best practices associated with digital content acquisitions and curation, especially within a Special Collections or Archives environment.
  • Experience using ArchivesSpace, CONTENTdm, Alma and/or other content management and library collections systems;
  • Demonstrated experience designing and executing a records retention schedule
  • Experience with records management projects.
  • Experience with oral histories.
  • Knowledge of digital curation and preservation

If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:

Dr. Stephanie Brasley
Search Committee Chair
CSU, Dominguez Hills
1000 East Victoria Street, (Library 5034)
Carson, CA 90747

Closing Statement

CSUDH is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

For more information: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

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Upon appointment, all candidates must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

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