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|Company||University of West Georgia - Carrollton, GA|
|Position||Political Papers Archivist/Assistant Professor|
|The University of West Georgia Library is seeking applicants of diverse backgrounds for a new position of Political Papers Archivist within the growing department of Special Collections. Reporting to the Head of Special Collections, and leveraging the extensive political archival and political oral history holdings, this position will provide leadership in the management and growth of the collections and will play a critical role in connecting students, faculty, the regional community, and scholars to these valuable primary sources.
The Political Paper Archivist will lead departmental efforts to capture, preserve, and make accessible political collections and political oral histories. Primary duties include identifying relevant materials; acquiring materials or facilitating connections to other repositories; describing, preserving, and providing public access to political collections; administering and continuing to develop the Georgia’s Political Heritage Program oral history interviews, including identifying interviewees, coordinating all aspects of the interview, describing interviews, editing/auditing oral history transcripts, digitization and preservation of audio and video; and other related tasks.
This position, working with diverse populations, plays a key role in Special Collections operations and services. This includes reference work and teaching library users how to effectively and efficiently locate information, consider appropriate research methodologies, and utilize specific resources and discovery tools. It may also include representing Special Collections or Ingram Library in various forums. The Political Papers Archivist also engages in outreach activities, projects, and events that encourage the campus, regional community, and scholars to utilize Special Collections generally and the political collections specifically. This role may include the supervision of graduate students, interns, and volunteers.
While the work of Special Collections includes the regular activities of lifting and shelving boxes weighing up to 40 pounds, we actively encourage applicants of diverse abilities to apply for this position and are committed to providing reasonable accommodations.
As a tenure-track library faculty member, the Political Papers Archivist is expected to work collaboratively with others; engage in scholarly activities; and provide service to the university, the community, and the profession in accordance with Libraries and University standards for promotion and tenure. The incumbent will have demonstrated ability to work in a complex, changing environment with a positive, flexible, and innovative attitude, and they will have a proven capacity to work effectively and collegially with staff at all levels as well as with faculty and students.
The University of West Georgia Ingram Library’s Special Collections holds over 3,000 linear feet of political archival collections, including oral histories, which document the unique political culture of Georgia. These political collections include five U.S. Congressional collections and the papers of state and regional politicians. In our work, and as an active institutional member of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress (ACSC) since 2013, we are committed to collecting and building public and scholarly engagement with our political collections as a means of preserving history and nurturing the development of an informed citizenry.
Either a Master's degree accredited by the American Library Association with coursework in archives (and a second master's degree in political science, history, or related field preferred); or a PhD in political science, history, or related field and completion of the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA) certificate within 12 months of hire
Demonstrated archival experience and understanding of best practices
Experience working with diverse populations
Superior written and verbal communication skills
Demonstrated ability to work collegially within and across organizations
Evidence of creativity, initiative, and commitment to professional growth