Faculty Position FY23-081
May 1, 2023
Digital Archivist, Visiting Assistant Professor
Library & Information Services (LIS)
Library & Information Services (LIS) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE)
seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor, Digital Archivist (three-year appointment) with
knowledge and experience in acquiring, preserving, and providing public access to
born-digital and digitized archival and unique collections holdings.
The Digital Archivist will have primary responsibility for identifying, accessioning,
processing, describing, and making discoverable the university’s born-digital,
digitized, and digitally-reformatted archival resources. Working in collaboration with
faculty and staff in the University Archives & Unique Collections (UAUC) unit, across
LIS, and throughout the university, the Digital Archivist will provide expertise for the
initiation, implementation, and assessment of policies, systems, and processes for the
long-term preservation of born-digital and digitally-reformatted university records,
publications, manuscripts and rare books. This position will participate in collaborative
initiatives to facilitate high-impact teaching practices across the curriculum by
integrating LIS and its rich archival and unique collections into a variety of academic
courses and programs.
SIUE has a robust cross-disciplinary and collaborative digital humanities community.
LIS UAUC has extensive manuscript holdings, among them are the John Francis
McDermott Collection (Illinois Country and French Louisiana), the Harold Gibbons
Collection (organized labor), the Hap Meyer Collection (American soccer), the Etienne
Cabet Collection (Icarian utopian community), the Noverr Collection (Walt Whitman
journalism), the Eugene B. Redmond Collection (Black Arts movement), and rich
holdings in music (for example, Ruth Slenczynska Collection).
Working cooperatively with colleagues in the University Archives & Unique Collections
(UAUC) unit and under the direction of the Dean of LIS, the Digital Archivist will:
•Identify, accession, process, describe, and make accessible university born-digital and
digitally-reformatted content of enduring legal, historical, evidential, administrative, or
•Initiate, implement, and assess policies, systems, and processes for the long-term
preservation of born-digital and digitally-reformatted university records, publications,
manuscripts, and rare books;
•Develop internal workflows and policies, maintain documentation, and ensure
adherence to national standards and best practices for digital preservation and digital
•Inventory all LIS’ digital collections, digital asset storage, and develop a prioritized
plan for managing and making them accessible;
•Consult physical archival collections, assessing intellectual and artifactual value, to
determine audience, scope, and unmet research need when planning new digital
•Master’s degree in Library Science or Information Science from an ALA-accredited
•Equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and library or digital archives/
humanities experience, or;
•Nearing completion of a Master’s degree in Library Science or Information Science with
experience prior to the date of employment.
•Commitment to and support for a culture of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.
•Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both oral and written.
•Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in archival theory and practice.
•Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with implementation and use of digital tools,
methods, and approaches used in digital preservation and curation.
•Experience in an archival repository at an academic institution.
•Experience with relevant software, such as BitCurator, ContentDM, Rosetta, Preservica,
Archive-It, Archivematica, or ArchivesSpace.
•Progress towards Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Certificate from Society of American
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville nurtures an open, respectful, and welcoming climate that facilitates learning and work. SIUE is committed to education that explores the historic significance of diversity in order to understand the present and to better enable our community to engage the future. Integral to this commitment, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville strives for a student body and a workforce that is both diverse and inclusive. We strongly encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups, including women, members of racially minoritized groups, and individuals with disabilities, to apply. For more on our State of Diversity, visit SIUE Mission, Goals and Plans
Terms of Appointment
Source of Funds
Minimum of $53,000. Negotiable dependent upon credentials and experience. Excellent benefits program. For more information about employment benefits and policies, visit: Faculty Employment Benefits
To apply, submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts, contact information for
three professional references (to be contacted before finalist interviews), a brief (one or two
page) DEIA statement describing how you envision the role of Digital Archivist in furthering
DEIA initiatives in one file in PDF format via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please specify the position number you are applying to when submitting materials.
For optimal consideration in a first pool of applicants, all application materials must be
received by June 1, 2023.
SIUE is a state university - benefits under state sponsored plans may not be available to holders of F1 or J1 visas. Applicants will be subject to a background check prior to an offer of employment. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination against employees, applicants for employment and students on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran's status.
In compliance with the ADA Amendments Acts (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, please call 618-650-2190 or email EmploymentHR@siue.edu.
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Dual Career Support for New Faculty
The Career Development Center has partnered with SIUE's Toward an Inclusive Model of Excellence project to provide a variety of career services and resources to partners of new faculty who have relocated to the Greater St. Louis area. Support for this initiative was provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Award 1936141. Outlined below is a specific list of career services and resources available to help you on your career journey. Individuals are eligible to receive a maximum of three, one-hour appointments. Visit them online at: https://www.siue.edu/career-development-center/faculty/NSF-Advance-GrantLanding.shtml