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Visiting Librarian, Archivist - University Libraries

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Work type: FAC - Visiting Faculty - 1st Year - 12 Months
Location: Allendale
Categories: Library

Summary: Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Libraries is seeking candidates for a visiting faculty fellowship for 2020-2023. This three-year appointment, contingent upon continued funding, is for a user-focused and collegial Archivist with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Faculty Fellows will gain professional experience as an academic librarian and a faculty member. They also will gain a depth of expertise in their primary assignment as well as holistic experience throughout the libraries.

Archivists work with historically significant collections in the Special Collections and University Archives to facilitate their use in teaching and research. Archivists engage in archival arrangement, preservation, and description following national and local best practices and rules of description. They demonstrate flexibility and creativity, an understanding of the liberal arts education mission, and work collaboratively and independently within a dynamic, team-based organization. They will report to the Head of Collections and Digital Scholarship and be located on the Allendale Campus.

This position will give the selected candidate the opportunity to:

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 and 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 and search for Visiting Librarian. Remember to include your Statement of Inclusion. Application deadline is November 1. For more information, visit our FAQ:

Questions? Feel free to contact Annie Bélanger ( or Annie Benefiel (, 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

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Campus: 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.

Department/Division: University Libraries

Application Deadline: November 1, 2019

How to Apply:Apply online at and select "Apply now".  Please include a cover letter, resume and statement of inclusion.  The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. Please upload your statement of inclusion in the 'teaching statement' slot on the application. In addition, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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