Special Collections & Archives Librarian


Thursday, June 30, 2022


Northridge, California

Sponsor Organization

California State University, Northridge


CSUN's University Library is seeking an enthusiastic and innovative Special Collections & Archives Librarian to join a collaborative team in the Special Collections & Archives unit. The successful candidate will provide reference services, research assistance, and information literacy instruction for Special Collections & Archives to students, faculty, and the broader scholarly community. They will participate in selection and acquisition of unique and primary materials, cultivate donors, and develop grant proposals to obtain funding for collaborative projects. The selected candidate will develop and implement Special Collections & Archives projects, especially for outreach and improving access to collections. They will promote, publicize, and expand awareness of collections, maintain productive relationships across campus, and create and nurture ties with the community. The successful candidate will serve on department, college, and university committees and participate in shared governance of the library faculty. The Special Collections & Archives Librarian works closely with the Head of Special Collections & Archives and others in the unit.

This is a 12-month, full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the Senior Assistant Librarian or Associate Librarian
Level with attendant expectations for professional competence, service, and scholarly and creative contributions to the field. Some evening and weekend work may be required. The successful candidate will be held to the standards and requirements of the college and department in which they are housed for recommending tenure and promotion.



As a Hispanic-serving Institution (HSI), inclusiveness and diversity are integral to CSUN’s commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and engagement. As of Fall 2020, CSUN enrolls ~40,000 students, where 56% are Latinx, 20.8% are White, 9.3% are Asian-American, 4.8% are Black/African American, 0.1% are Native American, and 0.1% are Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.  The successful candidate will help the Department achieve equitable outcomes for all students through teaching, student mentorship, scholarship, and service.

  • Master's degree in information and/or library science with an archives concentration from an ALA-accredited school, or equivalent degree if earned from outside the U.S. or Canada;
  • 2-3 years of experience in a special collections department, archives, or museum;
  • Knowledge or experience of working with donors;
  • Demonstrated experience curating exhibitions;
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to effectively work with faculty, students, archives users, and community members from varied backgrounds, including but not limited to minorities, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and others;
  • Organizational, interpersonal, analytical, written communication, and decision-making skills;
  • Commitment to engage in research and continued professional development worthy of promotion and tenure in the California State University system.


  • Demonstrated experience providing information literacy instruction;
  • Demonstrated experience providing in-person and remote reference/research assistance for archival and rare materials;
  • Demonstrated experience evaluating, selecting, and processing personal papers, organizational records, and other unique print, electronic, and born-digital collections, especially from diverse communities in urban spaces;
  • Knowledge or experience of standards of archival description, bibliographic control, preservation, conservation, archival policies and procedures, digital archives, and security standards to improve access and prolong the life of collections;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a complex, changing environment;
  • Knowledge of intellectual property issues related to archives, libraries, and special collections;
  • Ability to provide careful and ethical stewardship for existing gifts and awards;
  • Commitment to a reparative framework in managing, using, and building collections.
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