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Archivist for Popular Music & Culture

Georgia State University
Atlanta, Georgia
Salary range from $50,000-$65,000 dependent on experience, education, and faculty rank. Appointment

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Archivist for Popular Music & Culture

Library Faculty Position, Atlanta Campus

Position The Georgia State University Library seeks an intellectually curious and innovative colleague to join us as the Archivist for Popular Music & Culture.


Responsibilities The Archivist for Popular Music & Culture is responsible for managing music collections that include the Johnny Mercer Collection, country music, and Southern gospel. The Archivist will also be empowered to expand the scope of the collection to include rap, hip-hop, trap and other music influenced by the Atlanta Metro Area and the Greater Southeast. Other collecting areas under the management of the Archivist include regional radio broadcasting materials and pulp literature collections. Several substantial endowments provide resources for managing and promoting these assigned collections.


The Archivist will solicit, acquire, and appraise materials. Collection management responsibilities also include overseeing arrangement and description activities. In addition to these duties, the Archivist will serve as the main point of contact with the Johnny Mercer Foundation and related programming, which currently includes collaboration with the School of Music to develop K-12 curricula related to the Great American Songbook and production of a biennial live concert with the GSU Jazz Band.

The Archivist will be expected to stay current on developing technologies, standards, and practices in the archival field. This position includes supervision of students and additional staff as needed.


Additionally, this individual will represent the University Library by participating in professional activities at the local, state, and national level. Other expectations include instruction, oral history project management, grant writing, and donor relations. This is a non-tenure track faculty appointment with associated responsibilities for scholarship and service.

On-site training opportunities and funding for travel and professional development will be provided. The position serves as a member of the library faculty (12-month, non-tenure track), holds faculty rank, and is expected to participate in research, professional development, and service activities as outlined in the University Library’s faculty guidelines.


Environment Special Collections & Archives collects and preserves unique and rare historical materials in selected subject areas. The department promotes the use of these materials by the Georgia State University community, scholars and the public. Its goal is to advance scholarship and to further the educational, research and service missions of the university.


The collection focus is on records of organizations or papers of individuals documenting the twentieth- and twenty-first century American South. Subject strengths include the heritage of workers and their unions, American popular music and culture, efforts to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and the


second wave of the women’s movement, women-centered and LGBTQ advocacy in Georgia and the Southeast, and other social movements, especially in Georgia. The department also houses the Georgia


State University Archives, consisting of records of University offices, deliberative bodies, and organizations, as well as resources on GSU history.


In addition to manuscripts and organizational records, many of the collections contain visual resources, sound recordings, and moving images. Special Collections and Archives houses millions of historical photographs documenting twentieth-century Atlanta and Georgia. Active oral history programs are a feature of many of the collections.

The University Library, Atlanta Campus is a valued partner within the campus community and offers a modern, inviting, and centralized facility supporting both teaching and research with extensive collections and outstanding assistance. The CURVE (, located in Library South, brings together students and expert researchers from all disciplines in a shared, hands-on, interactive space featuring cutting-edge hardware and software for data visualization and analysis. For additional information about the Georgia State University Library, visit


Georgia State University, consistently ranked among the Most Innovative Universities by U.S. News & World Report, has one of the fastest growing research profiles in the country and a proven commitment to the success of students from all backgrounds. Georgia State readies students for professional pursuits, educates future leaders, and prepares citizens for lifelong learning. Enrolling one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation at its downtown research campus, at its vibrant branch campuses, and online, the university provides educational opportunities for more than 54,000 students at the graduate, baccalaureate, associate and certificate levels. For additional information about Georgia State University, visit


Required qualifications

  • Master's degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution, or an advanced degree in a relevant subject area
  • Demonstrated knowledge of archival standards, best practices, and forensic methods for appraisal, acquisition, arrangement, and description of born-digital materials
  • Ability to work independently as well as collegially in a complex, rapidly changing, and professionally diverse environment
  • Ability to work effectively with culturally diverse library users, colleagues, and donors
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills

Preferred qualifications

  • Subject knowledge of music, radio broadcasting, and/or pulp literature
  • Understanding of the rapidly changing role of archivists and the academic library in higher education
  • Experience with oral history projects
  • Familiarity with Aeon, ArchivesSpace, or similar archival systems
  • Demonstrated knowledge fundraising, and/or grant writing
  • Familiarity with legacy audiovisual formats

If you feel that you don’t meet these preferred qualifications, don’t let a confidence gap stop you from applying. Sometimes a list of preferred qualifications can miss the elements that



would most strengthen our team; we value the many different skills which make all of us unique.


Condition of Work and Benefits Twelve-month assignment Faculty rank and status Non-tenure track


Health and retirement benefits

Support for research and professional activities

Salary and Rank $50,000 - $65,000 for 12 months. Salary commensurate with the candidate’s education, experience, and assigned faculty rank. Appointment at faculty rank (Instructor/Assistant/Associate Professor) on a contract renewal basis.


To Apply

To apply, please follow the link for detailed instructions.

Review of materials will begin immediately, with complete applications received by September 19, 2021, receiving full consideration.

Any offer of employment at Georgia State University is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background investigation. Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.


Founded in 1913 in Atlanta, Georgia State University is the second-largest and one of four research institutions in the University System of Georgia. The University serves one-fourth of the graduate students in the university system; it is within a one-hour commute of more than one-third of the state’s population. Approximately 80 percent of all Georgia State alumni live and work in Georgia.georgia_state_university1.jpg

Georgia State’s main campus is located on 34 acres in downtown Atlanta. University centers in Alpharetta, Brookhaven, Buckhead and Henry County offer students convenient suburban locations for graduate courses in business and education.

More than 50,000 students annually attend Georgia State University. While 90 percent of the students are from Georgia, students also come from all 50 states and 160 countries. More than 1,400 international students attend Georgia State and graduate students comprise 31 percent of the student population.

georgia_state_university2.jpgThe University offers more than 52 degree programs in more than 250 fields of study – from public policy and African-American studies to biology and health sciences. Degrees are offered at the bachelor’s, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels through six units: the College of Arts and Sciences, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, College of Education, College of Health and Human Sciences, College of Law and Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. In addition to the numerous degree programs, Georgia State offers full- and part-time programs and day, evening and weekend classes.

Students have many choices in extracurricular activities including more than 22 fraternities and sororities; and some 250 chartered student groups, including 60 degree-related student groups, seven religious, 24 law-oriented and 22 multicultural/international groups; and 10 honor societies. There is also an active student government association which includes the student senate and the judicial board.

The Georgia State Panthers are members of the Colonial Athletic Association and compete in 16 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports, including basketball, baseball, softball, golf, tennis, track and volleyball. The university announced in April 2008 that is will begin Division I-AA football in 2010.

The university’s innovative Touch the Earth program brings outdoor recreation ranging from backpacking, rock climbing, sailing, kayaking, rafting and water-skiing to out-of-state snow-skiing and snorkeling trips. And WRAS, Georgia State’s popular 100,000-watt radio voice, is the most powerful student-run radio station in the United States.


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