Archival Assistant II


Thursday, November 25, 2021


Tucson, Arizona

Sponsor Organization

The University of Arizona


The Center for Creative Photography (CCP) seeks a user-focused, inclusive, creative, and collaborative Archives team member for a term of 6 months.

The Assistant Archivist will be responsible for providing user and collection-supporting services, working closely with the Archives team and in collaboration with colleagues across units within the Center. This position will also work with tangible and born digital materials in a variety of formats including manuscripts, photographs, slides, contact sheets, proof prints, audio and video recordings, memorabilia, and other items, to provide and enhance discoverability and use of the collections.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides conscientious reference services to users with sensitivity to a variety of user needs and abilities. Brings creative problem-solving skills to bear on reference inquiries and performs work efficiently and effectively.
  • Supports services for the Laura Volkerding Study Center, supporting users via remote reference appointments. 
  • Contributes to the maintenance of standards-based measures and metrics.
  • Pages materials for internal and external users following protocols and procedures to ensure effective maintenance of the collection.
  • Completes archival processing and descriptive work as assigned.
  • Prepares new and edits existing finding aids to meet current national archival descriptive standards and best practices; contributes to data enhancement projects, such as EAC-CPF implementation; collaborates to create, implement, and iterate on inclusive and conscientious language/metadata policies.
  • Performs other duties as needed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Customer and/or user services.
  • Experience working collaboratively.
  • Demonstrated ability for creative problem solving.
  • Knowledge of current archival and descriptive standards and best practices. 
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Interest in and enthusiasm for supporting archival and/or library users.
  • Demonstrated ability for creative problem solving.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Three years of experience in customer and/or user services. 
  • Experience working collaboratively.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Class experience, including introductory archival management, in an ALA-accredited master’s degree program in Library and Information Science.
  • Experience appraising, arranging, and describing archives and manuscript collections.
  • 2 years of experience with providing archival or special collections reference and research services.
  • 2 years of experience with processing archival collections and producing standards-based finding aids.
  • Experience training and supporting student employees.
  • Experience handling rare and fragile materials.
  • Experience using archival management systems such as ArchivesSpace.
  • Experience processing born-digital materials.
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