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Arizona Political & Congressional Papers Archivist

companyArizona State University Libraries
locationTempe, AZ 85287, USA
PublishedPublished: 1/9/2023

Arizona Political &Congressional Papers Archivist

ASU Library seeks an Arizona Political & CongressionalPapers Archivist to join our Community-Driven Archives team as akey contributor to archival services. This is a ContinuingAppointment track Academic Professional position reporting to theHead of Community-Driven Archives. The Archivist appliesappropriate professional standards and best practices to processand make accessible archival political and Congressionalcollections in all formats, and provides research services andinstructional support for the use of these collections. The Libraryholds a wide range of political and Congressional collections,including the Senator John S. McCain Papers, the Carl T. HaydenPapers, the papers of Barry M. Goldwater, the records of theArizona AFL-CIO, and related farm workers and labor unioncollections. Through 2024, the Archivist will serve as projectmanager to complete a major grant-funded initiative to process andmake available the papers of the late Senator John S. McCain,including articulation of best practices guidelines for archivalCongressional papers collections.

The Arizona Political & Congressional Papers Archivistprovides leadership in collections management and works closelywith colleagues and researchers engaged with governmentinformation, political science, social justice and legal issues,local history, and other related disciplinary subjects. Throughprofessional contributions, research, and service activities, theArchivist contributes to enhancing archival services, buildingshared knowledge, and collaborating to develop the Library’scapacities to engage with all of ASU’s communities with emphasis oncommunities historically underserved by archives within Arizona.The Community-Driven Archives unit centers the lives and voices ofhistorically marginalized communities in the southwest region,including Latinx, Black, Indigenous, Asian and Pacific Islander,and LGBTQ communities.  This unit employs a team-basedapproach to collections services, including community engagementprograms, reading and reference services, instruction for ASUcourses and community colleges, and other activities supportingeducation with primary source materials. The Archivist fulfills theresponsibilities expected of Academic Professionals holding aContinuing Track appointment, including position effectiveness,professional contributions, and service.

A center of energy, imagination and innovation, the ASU Libraryis home to eight library facilities across four ASU campuslocations – providing students and faculty access to millions ofinformation resources, world-class collections, outstanding studyspaces, advanced data centers and a suite of makerspaces. Servingas a critical gateway to ASU’s research and knowledge enterprise,the ASU Library works to collaborate, educate and innovate acrossdisciplines, communities and technologies, while leveraging keyresearch, learning and engagement opportunities that are unique toASU. A strong supporter of student success and a critical partnerin realizing the New American University mission of access,excellence and impact, the ASU Library is a space of potentiality,out of which many futures can be built and of which none areexcluded. More information about the library can be found



  • Master’s degree in library and/or information science from anAmerican Library Association accredited program
  • Experience in arranging, describing, and preserving archivalcongressional collections or political papers
  • Knowledge of current nationally accepted library and archivaldescriptive and metadata standards [e.g. Describing Archives: AContent Standard (DACS) and Encoded Archival Description(EAD)]
  • A statement addressing how your past and/or potentialcontributions to social justice, diversity, equity and/or inclusionwill advance ASU Library’s commitment to inclusive excellence.


  • Professional work experience in a manuscript repository orarchives located at an academic or research library
  • Experience writing finding aids and/or communicating withpublic constituents about archives or collections
  • Evidence of effective project planning, management andcompletion; demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and ensureregular workflows
  • Experience in the acquisition and processing of textual,analog, and born-digital materials
  • Knowledge of preservation and conservation standards forarchival materials
  • Experience using current library and archival descriptive andmetadata standards [e.g. Describing Archives: A Content Standard(DACS) and Encoded Archival Description (EAD)].
  • Experience using ArchivesSpace or other collection managementsystems
  • Deep knowledge of political science, public policy, orhistory
  • Knowledge of Arizona and/or southwestern history
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and communication skillsand ability to maintain positive and productive work relationshipswith co-workers.
  • Supervisory experience, including hiring, training,supervising, and evaluating student and para-professionalworkers.

Salary and Rank: This is a continuing trackAcademic Professional position; Assistant/Associate Archivist andsalary dependent upon experience.

Application Procedures: This is apaperless search; only electronic materials will be accepted. Toapply, please submit electronically to thefollowing cover letter, comprehensive vita or resume, and names, addresses,phone numbers and email addresses of 3 recent professionalreferences. No paper applications, faxes or emails willbe accepted.

The applicant’s last name should appear in each uploaded filename. Questions about the position should be directed to the searchcommittee chair at: Applicationdeadline is February 26, 2023 Applicationswill continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reservepool.   Applications in the reserve pool may then bereviewed in the order in which they were received until position isfilled.

Other Information: Hiring is contingent uponeligibility to work in the United States. For more informationregarding ASU, visit our website: For more information aboutthe Phoenix metropolitan area, please visit

 Equal EmploymentOpportunity Statement

A background check is required for employment. Arizona StateUniversity is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an EqualOpportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicantswill receive consideration for employment without regard to race,color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationalorigin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basisprotected by law.

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