Job Position Announcement: Archivist for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

Wayne State University seeks a knowledgeable, innovative, service-oriented individual for the position of AFSCME Archivist at the Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs. Located in the heart of Detroit’s Midtown Cultural Center, Wayne State University is a Carnegie I research university. The Reuther Library collects, preserves, and provides access to historical records documenting the modern American labor movement, the development of southeastern Michigan, and the history of Wayne State University.

The archives for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) document the evolution of the union from its origins in 1932 as a small group of professional state employees to the present. Having grown to one of the largest unions in the AFL-CIO, AFSCME boasts 1.4 million members today. AFSCME represents workers in a variety of roles including corrections, emergency services, education, health care, law enforcement, public administration, public works, housing, and transportation.
The Reuther Library became the official repository for AFSCME in 1974. Since that time, it has collected the records of the union’s international headquarters and some locals and councils, as well as the personal papers of prominent union members.


Provides access to the institutional history of AFSCME through the arrangement and description of its records and publications, and the creation of finding aids, inventories, databases, or other reference tools
Assists AFSCME with records management and electronic records archiving
Interacts with AFSCME, including occasional travel to AFSCME’s international headquarters and regional offices regarding their records program and related projects
Appraises, retrieves, and examines records regarding AFSCME
Performs extensive outreach by curating and promoting AFSCME exhibits at AFSCME conventions and conferences (some travel required), disseminating information about the AFSCME Archives, and working on publicity-related projects
Creates and manages digital content for the Reuther Library’s website
Participates actively in the shared decision-making for library planning, resource management, and program and policy development
Manages reference requests from inside and outside of AFSCME
Provides general reference services for non-AFSCME related collections
Supervises students, volunteers, and interns assigned to work with the AFSCME Archives
Actively participates in the archival profession through presentations, publications, and/or membership in professional organizations
Performs other related duties as assigned


ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library Information Science or an advanced degree in a related disciplinary field with archival management coursework and/or experience
Knowledge of archival administration, including the selection, processing, and preservation of historical, valued, and sensitive documents
Clear understanding of issues related to digital records management and electronic records archiving
Experience using archival content management systems
Demonstrated ability to work with a wide range of users, donors, and constituencies
Excellent communication and organizational skills
Ability to lift 40 lbs


Working knowledge of ArchivesSpace and Fedora
Ability to set digitization priorities and programs
Familiarity with American labor history

Applications may be submitted using the following link:

Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found, however those submitted before October 31, 2013 will receive priority.


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