Manuscripts Librarian -- Washington State University

Post date: Apr 23, 2019

  • Work Location: Pullman, Washington
  • Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications
  • Position Details: Librarian 2, full-time, 12-month, permanent, tenure-track
  • Posting Close date: May 27, 2019
  • Required Applicant Documents: Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter, Contact Info for 3 References
  • Finalists for this position will be subject to a background check as a condition of employment.
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Position Summary:

The Washington State University Libraries invites applications for Manuscripts Librarian, a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position located on the Pullman campus. This position reports to the Associate Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections.

The primary responsibilities of this position are to provide reference service and instruction for all manuscript collections; oversee a comprehensive program of appraisal, acquisition, intellectual control, and preservation of digital and analog manuscript collections; process collections; create and edit finding aids and other digital surrogates using generally accepted archival standards and best practices.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Washington State University has comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance, in addition to excellent retirement programs and a generous leave program.

Required Qualifications:

American Library Association accredited masters’ degree in library/information science at date of hire; minimum of two years of special collections experience, preferably in an academic or research library; experience managing library or archival collections, procedures, digitization workflows and content management systems; familiarity with current theories and trends in digital library initiatives, digital curation, and ethical curation practices; excellent interpersonal, verbal, written, organizational, problem-solving and planning skills; ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently and to promote teamwork among colleagues; ability to work with diverse sets of stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated knowledge of ArchivesSpace or other archival collection management tools; professional or cultural experience with Native American communities; experience with archives metadata standards; second Masters or other graduate degree.

The University:

Washington State University (, one of two research universities in the state, was founded in 1890 as the state’s land-grant institution and has a current enrollment of nearly 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 7,000 faculty and staff. The University strongly values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. WSU students come together from diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds from around the nation and more than 90 countries. As a comprehensive, land-grant institution, Washington State University is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and outreach to all constituents.

The Libraries:

The WSU Libraries (, one of two Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in the state, houses over two million books and over 30,000 journal and magazine subscriptions. The Libraries are a part of the Orbis Cascade Alliance and are deeply invested, along with our partner libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, in the activities of the shared Library Resource Management System. As an active partner in the Orbis Cascade Alliance, the WSU Libraries both inform and reflect the guiding tenets of the alliance, which are: work smart, design for engagement, and innovate to transform.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Washington State University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or