Position Announcement: Archivist for AFSCME

The Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs at Wayne State University in Detroit seeks an innovative, service-oriented archivist for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Collection.

The AFSCME archives 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 over 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.

Essential Job Functions: 
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 AFSCME’s records. 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; Manages reference requests from inside and outside of AFSCME;

Supervises students, volunteers, and interns assigned to work with the AFSCME Archives;

Participates in general reference services;

Participates actively in the shared decision-making for library planning, resource management, program and policy development;

Represents the library through active participation in professional archival organizations and University committees;

Performs other duties as assigned by Library Director.

Master’s degree from an accredited institution in library/information science, archival science, history, or a related field with graduate archival study;

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 collection management software; Demonstrated ability to work with a wide range of users, donors, and constituencies;

Excellent interpersonal, organizational, written and oral communication skills; Ability to meet expectations for promotion as part of the Reuther Library academic staff; and Ability to lift 40 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications:
Familiarity with American labor history and social movements; Membership in the Academy of Certified Archivists; Working knowledge of web-based content management systems; and Ability to set digitization priorities and programs

Submit application via WSU Online Hiring System.

Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found, however those submitted before October 12, 2015 will receive priority.


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