Temporary Faculty Digital Collections Archivist, CSU Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA

Temporary Faculty Digital Collections Archivist Librarian Position
Gerth Archives and Special Collections
University Library

Position Description

The Gerth Archives and Special Collections at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), invites highly qualified, motivated, and well-organized, applicants for a pool of full-time temporary digital collections archivist appointments.

At CSUDH, we celebrate and respect diversity in all forms that include every race, religion, gender, ethnicity, veterans, people with varied abilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. CSUDH is seeking applications from candidates who can demonstrate experience in teaching and working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and contribute to the University’s mission, vision, and core values.

For more information: Mission, Vision, and Core Values

Gerth Archives & Special Collections Department

The Gerth Archives and Special Collections Department, located within the University Library, houses the California State University System-wide Archives, the CSUDH Archives, over 250 archival collections on the founding of the University, African American history, Japanese American history, labor movements, aviation history, Upton Sinclair, Tradeswomen, Latin American history, California history, and other topics. The Department’s digital archives contain over 50,000 digital objects and is growing. The Gerth Archives has received NEH, NHPRC, CCLPEP, and NPS grants for its current CSU system-wide Japanese American Digitization Project. The University Library houses two art/history galleries. Rotating exhibits, such as the Watts: Now & Then; Building Evidence: Japanese Americans in Southern California; LatinX Activism, and LGBTQ+ are generated to complement formal instruction.

Mission

The University Library fosters student success, scholarly research, and academic excellence through the provision of information resources, user-centered services, and learning experiences. The Gerth Archives collects, maintains, preserves, and makes accessible primary resources, archival materials, rare books, and digital objects to enhance research about CSUDH and the South Bay area of Los Angeles as well as Africana Studies, Chicano/Chicana Studies, Labor Studies, and the history of education in California.

For more information: https://libguides.csudh.edu/archives-home

The Position

The library faculty and professional staff in the University Library’s Gerth Archives & Special Collections Department at California State University Dominguez Hills invite applications for a full-time temporary Digital Collections Archivist position. The position is a two-year term appointment with the possibility of extensions. The temporary faculty pool is continuously open, and positions are filled as needed based on funding. Candidates may need to be available to begin in a position on short notice.

Responsibilities

As a library faculty member in the Gerth Archives & Special Collections Department, the incumbent will work in a highly collaborative manner with other CSUDH Gerth Archives and Library personnel to support digital projects through their entire cycle, including the preparation of digital materials (photographs, text, etc.), the creation of metadata using CONTENTdm, and generation of outreach materials such as finding aids, libguides, digital exhibitions, and other outreach activities. The Digital Collections Archivist will work to enhance the CSUDH community’s access to digital collections by actively working with Archives faculty and staff on events and publicity/social media activities to promote their access and use.

The successful candidate will

  • Work with the Gerth Archives faculty and professional staff to plan, prioritize, and implement projects to digitize archival materials.
  • Process, catalog, digitize, and upload digital objects across image, text, audio, and video formats into the CSUDH digital collections.
  • Supervise student assistants in digitizing materials and participate in the integration of related metadata into systems for storage, discovery, and display according to current industry standards.
  • Participate in the development, implementation, and assessment of policies and workflows that facilitate the digitization of Gerth Archives materials and the creation of metadata in accordance with emerging standards and best practices.
  • Oversee the maintenance and ingest of digital objects into CONTENTdm
  • Engage in outreach to promote holdings and use of primary resources and digital collections for the CSUDH community through public presentations, tours, exhibitions, and other activities.
  • Collaborate with other Archives personnel and the Information Literacy Coordinator to teach and support primary source literacy instruction within the Information Literacy Program.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) or an MLS degree, with a concentration in from an ALA-accredited institution or an international equivalent.
  • Minimum of one year of experience working in an archives or special collections setting.
  • Experience with the cataloging or archival collections, the creation of digital content, and the use of a digital collection management system (CONTENTdm).
  • Experience with applying standards for description and preservation of special collections holdings, including MARC, EAD, MARC, MODS, METS, DACS, RDA, and PREMIS.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and commitment to continuous learning.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple responsibilities and to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to carry out complex projects in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Evidence of a commitment to social justice, diversity, anti-racism, and inclusion in library practice.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with digital content metadata standards, digital repository platforms, and digital preservation tools.
  • 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.
  • Experience supervising full-time or part-time staff or student workers.

Employment Requirement – Background Check

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

Mandated Reporter per CANRA

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment.

How to Apply

A complete application is required and must include:

  • A Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume with contact information
  • A two-page maximum cover letter that includes a brief statement on diversity, inclusion, and equity
  • A List of 3 references with contact information
  • Unofficial transcripts (an official transcript will be required upon initial appointment)

For international transcripts, a United States Equivalency certification will be required.

A United States (US) Equivalency certification is required for earned/awarded/conferred foreign terminal degrees, which is from a foreign Academic Institution for foreign studies. The US Equivalency certification is used to validate foreign studies from an academic credential evaluation agency and is evaluated on foreign studies and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from the United States. The certification must translate the information in English and confirm that your highest terminal degree is US Equivalent to a US terminal degree (i.e., Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate’s, Doctor’s of Philosophy). The certification can be emailed to facultyaffairs@csudh.edu or mailed directly to the Office of Faculty Affairs and Development, 1000 East Victoria Street, WH-368, Carson, CA 90747.

Closing Statement

California State University Dominguez Hills 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

Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the CSU Dominguez Hills Human Resources Office (310) 243-3771.

Clery Act crime statistics for CSUDH are available at Campus Security Report (Clery) or by calling University Police at (310) 243-3639.

Upon appointment, all candidates must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

The California State University is Smoke and Tobacco-Free. Smoking, Vaping, and other Tobacco use are Not Permitted anywhere on University property. Education Code 42356, CCR Title 5, Article 9.

For more information, see: Smoke & Tobacco-Free

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