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Archivist II (UPDATED) (Extended Temporary)

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona

Posting Number: req9635

Department: Ctr for Creative Photography

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

Please note: the Contact Information for Candidates has been updated to Emily Weirich,

This is an Extended Temporary Employment (ETE) position.

The Center for Creative Photography (CCP) seeks a user-focused, inclusive, creative, and collaborative Archives team member. The Public Services Assistant (Archivist II) will be responsible for providing a wide range of user and collection-supporting services, working closely with the Archives team and in collaboration with colleagues across units within the Center. This position will work with tangible and born digital materials in a variety of formats including manuscripts, photographs, slides, contact sheets, proof prints, audio and video recordings, memorabilia, and other items. Engaging innovative and future-looking approaches, the incumbent will work with the inquisitiveness, flexibility, and drive necessary to promote and enhance user access to and experiences with the CCP's unparalleled collections. The Public Services Assistant reports to the Public Services Manager and works in concert with their supervisor and the rest of the Archives team to provide support and direction to interns and students.

The Public Services Assistant works 1-2 shifts per day in the Volkerding Study Center on the reference desk. Current open hours for the Study Center are 10-4:30, Tuesday-Saturday. This position will maintain a regular Tuesday-Saturday schedule to support the reference and research-supporting activities of the Study Center. The Public Services Assistant pages and prepares materials for use within the Study Center and for classes and other community engagement activities hosted by the Center. May support teaching and learning activities and community engagement as assigned.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provides conscientious reference services to users with sensitivity to a variety of user needs and abilities. Brings creative problem solving skills to bear on reference inquiries and performs work efficiently and effectively.
  • Assists in supporting classes and other learning and outreach activities, utilizing primary sources from the CCP's collections.
  • Contributes to oversight of the Laura Volkerding Study Center, supporting users in person and via remote reference appointments. Maintains a welcoming and professional environment.
  • Pages materials for internal and external users following protocols and procedures to ensure effective management of the collection.
  • Contributes to the maintenance of standards-based measures and metrics and engages with the team to reflect on data, innovating and iterating on the Study Center's services.
  • Prepares materials and metadata for patron-initiated digitization requests, communicates with users on timelines, generates invoices, creates manifests and collaborates with the Digital Imaging Team to provide efficient and effective digitization workflows and schedules.
  • Trains and supports student assistants, interns, fellows and/or volunteers.
  • Contributes to the coordination of Reference projects.
  • Participates in Center-related service (e.g. committee service), continuing education and professional development opportunities.
  • Performs other duties as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Enthusiasm for supporting archival and/or library users.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrated ability for creative problem solving.
  • Knowledge of current archival and descriptive standards and best practices.
  • Knowledge of digitization practices in a cultural heritage environment.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required. Master's degree in a relevant field preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience is required.
  • Experience in customer and/or user services.
  • Experience with and enthusiasm for working collaboratively.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Coursework toward or completion of ALA-accredited master's degree in Library and Information Science.
  • 2 years of experience with providing archival or special collections reference and research services.
  • 2 years of experience generating metadata in a cultural heritage environment.
  • Experience supporting digitization initiatives.
  • Experience training and supporting student employees.
  • Experience handling rare and fragile materials.
  • Experience with a reference or ticketing system such as LibAnswers.
  • Experience using archival management systems such as ArchivesSpace and collections management systems such as Aeon.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Cultural Institutions

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $43,559-$48,000

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level


Job Family


Job Function

Cultural Institutions

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Emily Weirich

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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