Collection Management (Associate) Archivist, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia PA

The Temple University Libraries seek an engaged, creative and enthusiastic individual to serve asour Collection Management (Associate) Archivist in the Special Collections Research Center. SCRC is located on the main campus of Temple, a vibrant, urban research university with over 1,700 full-time faculty and a student body of 36,000 that is among the most diverse in the nation. For more information about Temple and Philadelphia, visit

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Coordinator of Technical Services, the Collection Management Archivist's primary responsibilities are to accession, process, and preserve collections, and create finding aids using archival and cataloging standards. The Archivist will provide reference services for the SCRC as assigned and may supervise student support staff. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Serves as the primary accessioning archivist for the SCRC, by packing, managing physical receipt, rehousing, assigning locations, and relocating archival collections. Works closely with the Director to appraise incoming materials. Records accession information in the collection management database, creates preliminary inventories for incoming collections, and provides other recordkeeping. Maintains and reports relevant acquisition statistics.

Oversees collection storage and access in the library depository, transportation to and from the depository and may assist with supervising student assistants in the depository. Participates in determining work methods, planning work operations, interviewing applicants and recommending hires.
Processes (arranges, preserves, and describes) historical materials, in accordance with standard archival practice. Creates finding aids and cataloging records; compiles inventories for unprocessed collections; and updates finding aids for partially processed collections.

Provides reference service to visitors and by telephone, letter, e-mail or fax.
Assists in conceptualizing and mounting exhibits; contributes to grants; contributes to the development and implementation of procedures, policies, and goals of the SCRC; participates in relevant archival conferences and workshops; and providing service to the library and university at a level expected of others in a similar position.

Required Education and Experience:

Master's degree in a relevant discipline, and formal archival training and/or certification.A minimum of 3 years of relevant archival experience.

Knowledge and experience implementing standards and best practices for arrangement, description, cataloging, preservation, and access to archival materials.

Required Skills and Abilities:

*Knowledge of systems and software needed to manage and process archives and manuscript collections, create electronic finding aids, and digitize and make collections accessible digitally.

*Knowledge of archival organization and descriptive standards (such as DACS, Dublin Core, EAD, LCSH, AAT); and collection management and digital content management systems (such as III, DB/Textworks, CONTENTdm, Drupal).

*Ability to work in and contribute to a team environment.

*Excellent written and oral communication skills.


Certification by Academy of Certified Archivists.


Additional Salary Information: Competitive salary and benefits package.
Internal Number: TU-17484

To apply for this position, please visit, click on Careers@Temple, and reference TU-17484. For full consideration, please submit your completed electronic application, along with a cover letter and resume. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

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