Position overview Position title:
Archivist for Regional History Collections
See Table 26B
for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $66,878 - $76,408.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: June 15, 2023
Review timeline: March 6, 2023 Initial Review of Applications
March 20-24, 2023 Zoom Interviews
April 11 - May 5, 2023 In-Person Interviews
May 3-12, 2023 Reference Checks
May 15, 2023 Offer Letter
Position duration: Permanent - Potential Career Status
Open date: February 13, 2023
Next review date: Friday, Mar 10, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Wednesday, Mar 15, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
The UC Merced Library invites applications for an Associate Librarian - Archivist for Regional History collections who will focus on curating, preserving, and promoting access to archival collections documenting the agricultural and environmental history of the Sierra Nevada-Central Valley region of California.
UC Merced, the tenth and newest University of California campus, is situated at the intersection of the San Joaquin Valley and the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and is poised to serve as a major base of research supporting equity, environmental sustainability, and social mobility. A Hispanic-Serving Institution and the youngest campus to reach Carnegie R2 status in the history of US higher education, UC Merced opened in 2005 to bring the highest levels of educational opportunity to a region where the poverty rate is nearly three times higher than the national level and where only 16.5% of the population holds a bachelor’s degree or higher. Of the over 9,000 students enrolled at UC Merced, 73% of undergraduates and 48% of graduate students are the first in their families to attend college. The San Joaquin Valley is the most technologically advanced and productive farming region in the world, and its fertility is directly related to the adjacent Sierra Nevada range, where the snowpack has served as a critical supply of water to the state. Human activity in the modern era has transformed these two landscapes: displacing native populations; harnessing water, soil, and other resources to grow crops and provide energy; and establishing public lands such as Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, and the Sierra and Sequoia National Forests to both conserve resources and attract recreationists from around the world.
The UC Merced Library is building a Sierra Nevada-Central Valley Archive to document these transformations, encompassing materials in all formats that trace the history and impact of human settlement in the region; its climate, geology, and natural resources; the government and non-government entities that have shaped the region’s land, water, ecosystems, policies, and public perceptions; and the region's representation in the creative arts. Collections include the records of UC Cooperative Extension (over 600 linear feet) which reflect the historical partnership between the university and federal, state, and local entities to improve agricultural practices and life in rural communities; photographic collections documenting farmworker communities in the Valley; collections related to Yosemite National Park; and the archives of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, which are housed at UC Merced under an arrangement with the National Parks. The library has launched a major capital project to expand storage, instructional, and programming space for the library’s archives and special collections as a result of a successful National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) capital grant application and matching funds designated by the Chancellor.
Reporting to the Director of Strategic Initiatives, Archives and Special Collections and working with librarians and other professional staff, this academic position will play a key role in defining collection priorities and developing programs that will promote the discovery and use of these collections.
Major responsibilities include:
- Define priorities, project plans, and resource needs for acquiring, processing, and making collections available.
- Develop innovative approaches for outreach to promote discovery and use of materials, including reference services, instruction, co-curricular learning experiences for students, exhibits, and public programming to engage learners and the broader community.
- Investigate, propose, and apply new technologies that facilitate researcher access and use of materials.
- Review, develop, and document policies and procedures relating to collection use and management.
- Identify and cultivate opportunities to enhance collections and programs, including donors and grants, and contribute to the development of funding proposals.
- Keep abreast of current developments in archives and special collections through continued education and research, and contribute to a shared professional knowledge base locally and among UC Libraries. Represent the library through participation in local, regional, and national cooperative, outreach, and professional activities.
- MLS or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited institution, or an advanced degree in an appropriate subject discipline with relevant special collections or archival training or experience.
- Minimum 3 years’ experience processing and working with archives.
Candidates will be evaluated on the following qualifications:
- Demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and practice. Demonstrated experience with appraisal, accessioning, developing and implementing processing plans, and user-centered archival description.
- Knowledge of legal, policy, and ethical frameworks and concerns governing the administration and use of collections.
- Demonstrated knowledge of preservation standards and practices for the full range of formats, including born-digital materials. Experience with digitization technologies and services.
- Project management experience: demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and work successfully to meet deadlines.
- Proficiency with the Web and electronic, digital, and information technology applications, including archival collection management systems.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, students, researchers, and professional colleagues.
- Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences across different modes and platforms; excellent presentation skills.
- Knowledge of effective teaching pedagogies and experience with mentoring and supporting hands-on learning experiences.
- Evidence of flexibility and the capacity to thrive in a complex and rapidly changing environment.
- Evidence of ongoing professional development with contributions & service to the profession.
- In addition to the above qualifications, applicants with an interest, academic background and/or research experience related to agricultural science, environmental studies, geography, land use or resource management are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Direct supervisory experience of career staff and student assistants.
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The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction).
The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students (https://www.ucmerced.edu/fast-facts), UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (https://merced2020.ucmerced.edu/).
UC Merced is a smoke & tobacco free campus (https://smokefree.ucmerced.edu/).