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Visiting Manuscript Librarian

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Department: King Library
Location: Oxford, OH
Work type: Salary Staff
Categories: Library
Status: Full Time
Temporary: Yes

Job Title:

Visiting Manuscript Librarian

Job Summary:

The Miami University Libraries seeks a dynamic librarian to process manuscript and archival collections including political papers.  Reporting to the Head of the Department of Steward & Sustain, the Visiting Manuscripts Librarian will be involved in all aspects of manuscript and archival processing, including accessioning, arranging and describing manuscript and archival collections and creating descriptive metadata such as finding aids and catalog records as needed; work with the University Archivist and student assistants to develop, document and implement workflows that will improve access to complex archives and collections of manuscripts in order to increase the value of these materials to research, teaching and learning; may become involved in Special Collections public services, including reference, instruction, outreach and exhibitions.  One year, temporary position with the possibility for a one year renewal, rank Visiting Assistant Librarian.  


Develops workflows and procedures for accessioning, processing, and managing collections in a variety of formats in accordance with accepted archival standards, the unique needs of Miami University Libraries and minimal processing techniques (MPLP); processes and catalogs new manuscript collections and additions, to include the creation and/or editing of finding aids using ArchivesSpace and the review and publishing of completed finding aids; follows national standards for archival description, e.g. Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS); collaborate with the Preservation Librarian in the preservation assessment of collections and in the selection of materials for preservation and conservation treatment; collaborate with the University Archivist on setting policy and best practices for processing and descriptive work; developing program goals and metrics to evaluate work; developing processing plans; and helping to plan and prioritize large-scale processing projects; collaborate with the Digital Collections Librarian to develop tools and workflows for the arrangement and description of born-digital materials and workflow for imaging and ingest of born-digital materials within existing collection holdings.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution; familiarity with archival best practices for appraisal, arrangement, and description, and with national archival standards including EAD and DACS, gained through coursework or hands-on experience; excellent problem solving skills and ability to address ambiguity and complexity in archival arrangement; excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work closely with colleagues and library users from diverse backgrounds; commitment to fostering an inclusive educational environment and workplace; commitment to professional growth.

Position is not eligible for H-1B sponsorship.

Desired Qualifications:

Demonstrated knowledge of current archival theory, practice, and national and international standards and best practices that govern the arrangement and description of primary source materials; experience developing processing plans and creating EAD finding aids; ability to organize work effectively, to set priorities, to meet quality and productivity expectations, and to achieve unit goals; knowledge of historical research methods; experience processing archival collections; knowledge of archive management software (ArchivesSpace, Archon, Archivists’ Toolkit, or similar); demonstrated ability to manage projects and meet deadlines.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae. Please use your cover letter to address how you meet the required and preferred qualifications. Direct inquiries to Donna Richardson at

EO/AA Statement/Clery Act:
Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of sex/gender (including sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking), race, color, religion, national origin (ancestry), disability, age (40 years or older), sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, status as a parent or foster parent, military status, or veteran status in its recruitment, selection, and employment practices. Requests for all reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to or 513-529-3560.
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Date to Begin Screening Applicants:

Review of applications will begin on May 13, 2019 and continues until position is filled.

Benefits Eligible:



A criminal background check is required. All campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free campuses.

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations for disabilities, or to follow-up with a request, please contact or (513) 529-3560.

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