Now hiring: SEIU Archivist at the Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs

March 16, 2018

Note: Applications received by April 8 will receive first consideration.

Wayne State University seeks a knowledgeable, innovative, service-oriented individual for the position of SEIU 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 that enrolls more than 32,000 students. The Reuther Library collects, preserves, and provides access to historical records documenting the modern American labor movement, the social and political development of southeastern Michigan, and the history of Wayne State University.

The Archives for the Service Employees International Union document the evolution of the union from its origins in 1921 as the Building Service Employees International Union to the present. During its history, this union has organized service workers employed as janitors, healthcare workers, security guards, public sector workers, office workers, elevator operators, window cleaners, groundskeepers, doormen, and stadium employees, amongst others. The union currently organizes 2.1 million members in these and numerous other service industries.

The collaborative relationship between the Reuther Library and SEIU began in the early 1980s, and the Reuther Library became SEIU’s official repository in 1992. Since then, the Reuther has collected the records of the union’s international headquarters in Washington D. C., some locals, and the personal papers of prominent union officials.

This externally-funded position will be hired at the rank of Archivist I and reports to the Director of the Reuther Library. It is an AAUP-AFT represented position with eligibility for promotion.

The Wayne State University Library System embraces an environment of inclusion that moves beyond simple tolerance to recognizing the richness in individual identities of people and diverse perspectives. Wayne State University is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

1. Provides access to the institutional history of SEIU through the appraisal, arrangement, description, and preservation of its records and the creation of finding aids, inventories, databases, or other reference tools;
2. Assists SEIU with records management and electronic records;
3. Interacts with SEIU, serving as their main contact for reference. May include occasional travel to SEIU’s international and affiliate headquarters regarding their records program and related projects;
4. Performs extensive outreach with an aim to disseminate information about the SEIU Archives to the public;
5. Creates and manages digital content for the Reuther Library’s website;
6. Participates in general reference services in the Reuther Library reading room;
7. Participates actively in the shared decision-making for library planning, resource management, and program and policy development;
8. Trains and supervises students, volunteers, and interns assigned to work with the SEIU Archives;
9. Actively participates in the archival profession through presentations, publications, and/or active membership in professional organizations;
10. Performs other related duties as assigned

1. Master’s degree from an accredited institution in library/information science, archival administration, history, or a related field, with graduate archival study;
2. Demonstrated experience in an archives, special collections, or records repository arranging and describing print and electronic collections, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, which must include demonstrated production of descriptive outputs applying appropriate archival or library standards, such as DACS, EAD, EAC-CPF, LCSH, MARC, Dublin Core, or METS;
3. Clear understanding of issues related to digital records management and electronic records archiving;
4. Experience using archival content management tools such as ArchivesSpace, Archivist’s Toolkit, or Archon;
5. Familiarity with American labor history or social history;
6. Demonstrated ability to work with a wide range of users, donors, and constituencies;
7. Excellent interpersonal, organizational, written and oral communication skills;
8. Ability to manage multiple priorities and tasks and work effectively, both independently and collaboratively, in a collegial environment;
9. Demonstrated initiative, self-direction, and a commitment to innovation, creativity, and excellence;
10. Demonstrated commitment to expanding skills and professional growth;
11. Ability to meet expectations for promotion as part of the Reuther Library academic staff;
12. Demonstrated ability to understand the perspectives of others and acknowledge the differences, complexities and opportunities in those backgrounds, cultures, values and viewpoints even when he/she is not familiar or disagrees with them;
13. An awareness of multicultural issues and a broad knowledge of diversity across the information industry. The willingness and ability to lead, serve, engage others in a multicultural environment;
14. Ability to lift 40 lbs independently or with assistance.

1. Demonstrated commitment to advancing professional knowledge, through formal training, continuing education, or professional certification, such as Digital Archives Specialist (DAS), Arrangement & Description (A&D), or Certified Archivist (CA)

Please apply through the Wayne State University employment system using listing number 043393 or searching for SEIU Archivist I.

Read more and find application details at:


Posted on behalf of:
Stefanie Caloia
Archivist for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
Walter P. Reuther Library
Wayne State University


Job Posting: Adjunct Archivist (term limited), Grand Valley State University

March 14, 2018

University Libraries at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) is accepting applications for an Adjunct Archivist for a 6-month appointment. Responsibilities may include assisting with accessioning and processing of archival and digital collections; creating and editing descriptive metadata in ArchivesSpace, Omeka and Microsoft Excel; writing and compiling workflow and process documentation; assisting with exhibit and/or instruction preparation; occasionally supervising the reading room and assisting with patron research requests; and other related duties as assigned.

The successful candidate will work 29 hours/week, on weekdays between the hours of 8 AM and 4:30 PM. The position is located on the Allendale Campus of GVSU in Seidman House. There are no expectations of scholarship or service for this adjunct librarian however, opportunities may be pursued if time permits.

· MLS/MLIS from ALA accredited program; or significant progress toward completion of same
· Coursework or experience in archives, preservation, or digitization
· Ability to lift and carry up to 40 lbs. and navigate stairs.
· Advanced knowledge of MS Excel and Word
· Familiarity with metadata standards (DACS, Dublin Core, EAD, MARC) and controlled vocabularies

Apply by sending a cover letter, resume or CV, 3 references, and unofficial transcripts to: Annie Benefiel, Archivist for Collection Management, Application review will begin immediately and proceed until position is filled.

Annie Benefiel
Archivist for Collection Management
Special Collections & University Archives
Grand Valley State University
(616) 331-8727

MAA Annual Meeting Call for Posters

March 8, 2018

The Michigan Archival Association Program Committee is currently seeking poster proposals for MAA’s 2018 Annual Meeting! The 2018 MAA Annual Meeting will be held June 14-15, 2018, in Bay City, Michigan, with the poster session scheduled for 10:15-11:00 on Friday, June 15th. Participation is open to all (including students!). You do not have to be an MAA member to present.

To submit a proposal, please fill out the MAA Poster Proposal Form by April 13th, 2018.

Any questions can be directed to Elizabeth Nicholson ( or Caitlin Brennecke (


Posted on behalf of the Program Committee by Brian Wilson

MAA Seeking Nominations for Board Members

March 7, 2018

The 2018 Nominating Committee of the Michigan Archival Association is seeking nominations for Board members! Elections will be held at the MAA Business Meeting (Friday, June 15, 2018) during this year’s MAA conference in Bay City, held June 14-15, 2018.

The following Board positions are open:

Vice-President/President-elect (2-year term in each role)
Conference Coordinator (2-year term)
Member-at-Large #1 (3-year term)
Member-at-Large #2 (3-year term)

Board members and officers meet at the call of the President on a quarterly basis, or as needed. Meetings are typically held in Lansing, but remote participation is available for those unable to travel. Each board member is asked to actively participate on at least one standing committee among the several that exist with the Michigan Archival Association.

If you are interested in a position, please contact Nominating Committee Chair, Stefanie Caloia, at Indicate the position you are interested in and include a short biography. The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2018.

The membership can also nominate individuals for board positions at the Annual Meeting. MAA by-laws state that nominations must end two hours before the Business Meeting and a petition must be presented in support of such nominations including signatures from at least 10 current MAA members in good standing.

For more information on the Michigan Archival Association Board, please visit the website:

Thank you!

2018 MAA Nominating Committee
Robin Derminer
Carol Whittaker
Stefanie Caloia

Call for MAA Nominating Committee Members

March 1, 2018

MAA is seeking volunteers to serve on the 2018 Nominating Committee. Committee members collect nominees for this year’s open Board positions and run the election at the Annual Business Meeting (June 15, 2018 in Bay City). Any MAA member can be a part of the committee. Please contact Stefanie Caloia ( if you are interested.

Thank you!

Stefanie Caloia
MAA Secretary

MAA Interest Survey – Participation Requested

February 20, 2018


The Michigan Archival Association (MAA) would like your participation in an interest survey of archival professionals, students, and volunteers throughout the state. We would like to understand what professional support and networking opportunities the archival community in Michigan wants, and how we can help meet those needs. The MAA Board will use the information gathered to inform decision making in the year to come.

To that end, we would appreciate you taking 5-10 minutes to fill out the survey here:

Please also feel free to forward this to anyone in your organization or network who works with archival material and may be interested in the professional development and networking opportunities offered by the Michigan Archival Association.

Thank you for your time – and apologies for cross-postings!

MAA Survey Committee,
Annie Benefiel (Chair)
Heidi Butler
Rebecca Bizonet
Carol Vandenberg

Job Postings: Digital Projects Librarian and Data Librarian, Western Michigan University

February 17, 2018

The University Libraries at Western Michigan University seeks candidates for the tenure-track, fiscal-year positions of Digital Projects Librarian and Data Librarian.

Digital Projects Librarian

Data Librarian

Please visit Careers at WMU for further information regarding the position and application procedures:

WMU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and all other qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

Posted on behalf of:
Marianne Swierenga, MFA, MLIS
Cataloging and Metadata Librarian
University Libraries (Waldo Library)
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5353 USA