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The University of Minnesota Libraries seeks an outgoing and collaborative individual for the position of Research Services and Student Life Archivist in the University of Minnesota Archives.

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The University of Minnesota Libraries seeks an outgoing and collaborative individual for the position of Research Services and Student Life Archivist in the University of Minnesota Archives. This outreach-oriented role connects students, staff, faculty, and the diverse communities at the University of Minnesota and people from across the state and internationally to the archival collections. The position works as part of a public-facing team to provide reference, instruction, and outreach services for the University Archives. The role oversees workflows and procedures to improve efficiency and quality of in-person and remote access to archival collections for all types of research use. Using a suite of digital programs, including the University Digital Conservancy (UDC), an institutional repository; UMedia, a collection of digitized primary source materials; and a growing digital records and web archives program, the position manages digital resources and contributes new content for ready-reference access.  The Research Services and Student Life Archivist is an expert in reference services and archives-based instruction and seeks opportunities to develop student life collections.

The University of Minnesota Archives is one of 15 distinct collecting areas in a highly collaborative Archives and Special Collections department of the University Libraries. The position reports to the University Archivist and Director of the University Digital Conservancy.


  • Leads research and reference services in a public-facing, team-based institutional archives that provides in-person and remote services to all members of the University community and to a broader state and global community.
  • Builds archival reference resources, including website content, physical and digital ready-reference materials, incoming paper and digital serial publications, metadata for digitized materials, and University minutes and reports for timely inclusion in the University Digital Conservancy.
  • Engages with faculty and students to foster and support the inclusion of archival and primary source-related learning and instruction into the curriculum and course assignments.
  • In partnership with the Institutional Archivist, develops collecting guidelines and description practices for documenting student life through collaborating with student-focused offices, student organizations, student leaders, student-produced publications, and alumni.
  • Integrates collection content into exhibitions, public presentations, digital exhibits, blogs, and social media.
  • Compiles and analyzes reference, research, and instruction metrics for monthly and annual reports.
  • Supervises student employees and interns.

Institutional Context

The University Libraries are an integral part of campus life. This position advances a deeper understanding of institutional history by expanding access to our special and distinctive collections. The role supports the Libraries' Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility commitment of creating a powerful learning community and welcoming spaces where all can achieve their personal and professional goals. The Libraries develops and supports innovative services, collections, and partnerships that engage 50,000 students, 4,000 faculty, and 16,000 staff in the pursuit of knowledge. As the state’s only research library, it reaches well beyond campus borders to develop and deliver high-demand services and programs to 5.6 million Minnesota residents, 485,000 alumni, and a global community of scholars. The Libraries is known for its advanced web services, significant collaborative digital library development, and a record of innovative partnerships. Its archives, special collections, and rare resources are among the largest in the U.S.



  • American Library Association accredited Master’s degree in Library/Information Science or Archives or a combination of advanced degree and relevant experience.
  • Experience providing information services.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach or provide instruction.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in cooperation with colleagues in a service-oriented, collaborative environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion through working respectfully and effectively with individuals to foster an inclusive community.


  • Facility in use of technology and applications in archival collections.
  • Demonstrated creativity, initiative, self-direction, and innovative thinking.
  • Experience building archival collections.
  • Experience working with digital collections.
  • Experience in managing projects.
  • Experience supervising students or interns.

This is a full-time, 12-month, annual renewable appointment, academic professional position with appointment at the Assistant Librarian rank. The annual salary minimum for this position is $57,500. The Libraries offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits and substantial moving allowance.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online.  To be apply, please visit the University of Minnesota employment website and search for Job ID 347466.

Please attach the following documents in Word or PDF Format:

  • Resume.
  • Cover Letter (identify cover letter with UL431).
  • Names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current references.

Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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