Job Opportunity: Visiting Librarian- Archivist, Grand Valley State University

Summary: Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Libraries is seeking candidates for a visiting faculty fellowship for 2020-2023. This three-year appointment, contingent upon continued funding, is for a user-focused and collegial Archivist with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Faculty Fellows will gain professional experience as an academic librarian and a faculty member. They also will gain a depth of expertise in their primary assignment as well as holistic experience throughout the libraries.

Archivists work with historically significant collections in the Special Collections and University Archives to facilitate their use in teaching and research. Archivists engage in archival arrangement, preservation, and description following national and local best practices and rules of description. They demonstrate flexibility and creativity, an understanding of the liberal arts education mission, and work collaboratively and independently within a dynamic, team-based organization. They will report to the Head of Collections and Digital Scholarship and be located on the Allendale Campus.

This position will give the selected candidate the opportunity to:

PROCESS— The Processing Archivist will conduct archival processing, including arrangement, preservation rehousing, labeling, finding aid creation, and other associated tasks in the Special Collections and University Archives. They will work closely with the University Archivist and Digital Collections Librarian to evaluate, select, digitize, and catalog items digitized from archival collections.

COLLABORATE— Archivists work collaboratively to ensure that our approaches to archival processing balance user needs with archival best practices and available resources. Through special projects, they will have opportunities to work with faculty, staff, and students across the University. We invite applicants who have a user-focused, balanced, and creative approach to their work.

GROW— GVSU Librarians are members of the university faculty with a 12-month appointment. Librarians engage in scholarship, professional development, and service to the organization and the profession. There are opportunities to work across the Libraries and the University to gain experience and knowledge about areas of our profession, with an emphasis on collaboration. Librarians at GVSU engage in faculty governance and participatory-style management practices. In addition, the successful applicant will gain a greater understanding of how to flourish in an academic setting.

GVSU and the GVSU Libraries have a culture that encourages professional growth and development. Funding and support for conference travel and the dissemination of scholarly output is provided by both the Libraries and the University via internal grants and mentoring. For more information on how GVSU supports travel and scholarship, please see the Pew Faculty Teaching and learning Center grants page at and the Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence dissemination travel grant page at Additionally, the State Library of Michigan offers Professional Development Grants for Librarians.

DISCOVER more about the benefits GVSU offers by visiting, the GVSU Wellness website, or the GVSU HR site

Interested in applying?  Go and search for Visiting Librarian. Remember to include your Statement of Inclusion. Application deadline is November 1. For more information, visit our FAQ:

Questions? Feel free to contact Annie Bélanger ( or Annie Benefiel (, search committee co-chairs.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree completed by June 2019 from a program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) or from a program in a country with a formal accreditation process as identified by ALA, with a specialization or concentration in archives
  • Ability to function productively and with flexibility in an evolving environment
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, such as the ability to interact with others with respect and empathy
  • Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion as well as a focus on user needs and experience
  • Confident humility – the ability to simultaneously acknowledge one’s own and others’ expertise and values
  • Self-starter – identifies work to be done and pursues that in line with the organization’s needs
  • Curiosity – self-identifies and pursues the need for new skills and knowledge
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 25lbs and navigate stairs

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Understanding of project leadership and/or management
  • Understanding of archival and digital object description standards, including DACS, EAD, and Dublin Core
  • Experience working a collection management tool such as ArchivesSpace
  • Experience digitizing archival materials
  • Experience processing or conducting research with literary archives
  • Completed coursework and/or experience in one of the following: archival arrangement and description, preservation, records management, or appraisal

Salary: Commensurate with experience

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