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Coordinator of Archival Processing-- University of Houston Libraries

posted May 8, 2018, 4:25 AM by Lars Hagelin
The University of Houston Libraries seeks a Coordinator of Archival Processing with knowledge and experience in the practices of accessioning, arrangement, description and preservation of archives and manuscripts to lead archival processing operations in the Libraries’ Special Collections department. The Coordinator will manage and perform processing of records in all formats for the Libraries’ Special Collections department, which holds primary source collections of distinction that support teaching, learning, and scholarship on campus and globally. The Coordinator of Archival Processing will manage and implement policies and procedures, and supervise the preparation of archives and manuscript collections for research use and preservation storage.

Reporting to the Head of Special Collections, the Coordinator will work closely with special collections curators, the Audiovisual Archivist, and the Coordinator for Digital Projects to promote online discovery of resources, research access, and physical and digital preservation of collections. The Coordinator will also collaborate with colleagues in Metadata & Digitization Services, Digital Research Services, and Library Technology Services in support of digital projects and programs, open access, and metadata description.

The Coordinator of Archival Processing is a librarian position. Librarians hold academic rank pursuant to the University of Houston Librarians’ Bylaws Document. They are expected to develop a record of service, scholarship, and professional development. The UH Libraries support the ongoing professional development of librarians and our goal is to recruit librarians committed to continuous learning.

Required Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree from ALA-accredited program
  • Training and experience in management of archives and manuscripts
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills and strong service orientation
  • Proven capacity to work effectively and collegially in teams with staff at all levels as well as faculty and students
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Project management skills
  • Familiarity or experience with archives collection management tools such as Archon or ArchivesSpace
  • Familiarity with digital preservation tools and strategies
  • Experience with multiple levels of archival processing, including detailed item-level and More Product Less Process practices
  • Knowledge of digital archives and cataloging metadata standards, including Encoded Archival Description and Describing Archives, a Content Standard
  • Supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated initiative and creativity
  • Certification from the Academy of Certified Archivists
Salary: $64,000 to 67,000 expected hiring range, depending on qualifications. Comprehensive benefits package; choice of retirement programs including TIAA-CREF; tax-deferred annuity program available; release time to take a class up to 3 hours/week; no state or local income tax.

To Apply: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please also visit the University of Houston Libraries Employment page for more information: Potential applicants seeking further information should contact Christina Gola, Director of Recruitment and Organizational Learning, at 713-743-9761 or

Appointment to this position is contingent on the results of a completed criminal history records investigation.

The University of Houston Libraries respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity. Our organization serves one of the most diverse campuses in the nation and seeks to recruit and retain a similar community of library professionals. We welcome candidates whose experience in libraries, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to excellence in diversity and inclusion.