Xavier University of Louisiana, a historically Black and Catholic University invites applicants for a non-tenured track full-time position in the library as an Archivist for the 2020-21 academic year. The ideal candidate will have an MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited program or its equivalent.
Xavier University of Louisiana is seeking someone who will contribute to the university by arranging and describing archival collections and creating finding aids. The library is interested in applicants who will promote a positive work environment, communicate effectively, and collaborate with library colleagues in identifying ways to promote library goals and initiatives. The ideal candidate will provide leadership and direction for Xavier’s Archives and Special Collections using both forward-looking and well-established techniques for managing and processing collection materials in various formats; develop a record of service, scholarship, and professional development. The successful candidate will oversee Xavier’s archives records management and research services.
The Xavier University Library supports the ongoing professional development of librarians and seeks to recruit individuals committed to continuous learning and growth. The library is particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds, minimizing barriers, and increasing equity and completion rates between members of different demographic groups.
Founded in 1925 by Saint Katherine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, Xavier is Catholic and historically Black. Located in New Orleans, the ultimate purpose of the University is to contribute to the promotion of a more just and humane society by preparing its students to assume roles of leadership and service in a global society. This preparation takes place in a diverse learning and teaching environment that incorporates all relevant educational means, including research and community service.
MLS/MLIS from an ALA accredited program or its equivalent.
Three or more years of post-MLIS professional experience working in university archives and/or academic library special collections.
Knowledge of current trends and developments in archives and records management.
Knowledge of and experience with national descriptive standards such as EAD, DACS, MARC, and Dublin Core.
Experience creating EAD finding aids.
Knowledge of copyright laws, and rights management issues relating to analog collections.
Knowledge of the history of African Americans, Native Americans, and Catholicism with an emphasis on New Orleans and Louisiana or the Southern United States.
Ability to work with original archival records such as textual documents, photographs, maps, blueprints, and historical artifacts.
Advanced degree or additional graduate training in an appropriate discipline (History, Archives Management, or related area) or substantial coursework in archives and records management.
Experience using archival collection management software, such as ArchivesSpace, Archivists’ Toolkit, or Archon.
Grant writing experience.
Experience applying the “Protocols for Native American Archival Materials” to archival collections.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities Description
Maintain the preservation of the archives and special collections.
Provide public research and outreach services for archival and special collections.
Work with external stakeholders, including the Office of Institutional Advancement, the Alumni Relations Office, donors, and community heritage organizations.
Collaborate with colleagues to select and implement archival collection management software.
Collaborate with colleagues to create exhibits throughout the library as appropriate.
Manage, mentor, and lead highly motivated student employees, some of whom aspire to become archivists.
Accession and process archival collections.
Use preservation methods and procedures for archival materials in multiple formats.
Implement the use of national descriptive standards such as EAD, DACS, MARC, and Dublin Core.
Research and create EAD finding aids.
Participate in library liaison services and information literacy.
Work effectively, independently, and collaboratively in a collegial environment.
Investigate new ideas to implement changes for improved access to archival and special collections.
Work with museums and galleries to loan items for exhibition as appropriate.
Hire appraisers to establish the value of archival items used in exhibitions.
Xavier University of Louisiana, founded by St. Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in 1925, is Catholic and historically Black. The ultimate purpose of the University is to contribute to the promotion of a more just and humane society by preparing its students to assume roles of leadership and service in a global society. The only historically Black, Catholic university in the United States, XULA is a private, liberal-arts based, co-educational institution offering 40 undergraduate majors, 5 master’s degree programs and a doctor of pharmacy program. More than one-half of its 3,100 students are from Louisiana, but it draws students from nearly all fifty states and 35 countries. Xavier is recognized as a national leader in the sciences and the liberal arts: • #1 in the nation in the number of African American graduates who go on to complete medical school (AAMC data 2019). • Among the nation’s top four colleges of pharmacy in graduating African Americans with Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) degrees. (2018) • #1 in the nation in awarding bachelor's degrees to African American students in the biological and biomedical sciences, the physical sciences, and physics. ...(2018) • #3 in the nation in the number of African American graduates who go on to earn a Ph.D. in science and engineering disciplines. (2018) • The Department of Physics is #1 in the nation for awarding African Americans baccalaureate degrees in physics and the physical sciences, according to the American Institute of Physics. (2018) Xavier is consistently ranked by the American Chemical Society as one of the top 25 universities in the nation. • The 2020 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges named Xavier among its 300 “best and most interesting” four-year colleges and universities. • Xavier was also singled out as one of the nation’s 385 best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review in the 2020 edition of its annual “The Best 385 Colleges”. • College Consensus, a unique college ratings website that aggregates publisher rankings and student reviews, ranks Xavier as the nation’s #3 Historically Black Colleges and Universities) (2019). It also ranks Xavier as #3 among all Louisiana colleges. • College Factual ranks both Xavier’s biology and chemistry programs as program as No. 1 in Louisiana. (2019) • Your 2018 Guide to College Transfer lists Xavier as one of only 90 colleges and universities nationwide profiled as “transfer friendly” in this guide to the college transfer process by the Kaplan Educational Foundation. • The Student Loan Report ranks #Xavier 12 out of 800 Private schools who left graduates with the least amount of private student loan debt, a form of financial aid known for higher interest rates and less forgiving repayment programs. (2018) • Zippia.com named Xavier's Psychology Program as #1 in Louisiana. (2018) • Learn.org ranks Xavier Among the Top 50 STEM schools in the U.S. (2019) • The Edvocate ranks Xavier as the nation’s No. 3 Catholic University. (2019) • Zippia.com rates Xavier #1 in Louisiana in its 2019 report, “Best College in Each State for Getting a Job”.