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Assistant Librarian (University Archivist) - University Libraries

Clemson University

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Assistant Librarian (University Archivist) - University Libraries

Open Date:
Mar 25, 2024
Close Date:
Apr 25, 2024

Clemson University Libraries seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented University Archivist. The archivist will provide leadership and expertise in: archives and records administration; access to university records and archives in all formats; and instructional activities and research support. The University Archives serves as the official “institutional memory” of the university, providing long-term preservation and access to the collection documenting its development and history and is part of the Special Collections and Archives department.

Library faculty are members of the academic community, with responsibilities in the areas of librarianship, scholarship, and service. This is a 12-month tenure-track position accountable to the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Responsibilities include:

• Identifies historical administrative and academic content that will enhance the University Archives collection.

• Collaborates with University Records Management to transfer institutional records to the University Archives in accordance with appropriate records schedules.

• Takes a strategic and creative approach to collecting contemporary content, including student outputs, building on a strong foundation that includes records that reflect every perspective of campus life.

• Prioritizes and manages the processing and description of University collections and resources.

• Employs tools and techniques, including oral history interviews, to fill gaps in the official institutional record.

• Collaborates with department, library, and campus colleagues to foster interest in Clemson University’s history through the development of digital resources, programming, and presentations.

• Promotes the university’s history through reference, research, publication, and instruction.

• Engages in professional development such as attending conferences, workshops, and webinars related to job functions.

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities

• Develops a focused program of high-quality research and creative accomplishments, consistent with professional responsibilities and the libraries’ missions and goals.


• Actively participates and demonstrates leadership in professional responsibilities that serve Libraries, University, profession, and community.

Salary and Benefits

Faculty rank and minimum salary of $65,000 based on the successful candidate's qualifications and experience. Various medical plans, dental plans, and retirement plans are available. 18 days annual leave, 15 days sick leave, 13 paid holidays, and liberal professional development leave are provided. Library faculty receive an individual stipend for travel or other professional development activity.


Clemson University is an R-1 land grant institution located in upstate South Carolina—a global university with a mission to serve the diverse communities of our state. The recently updated university strategic plan offers a three-tiered strategy to enhance student experience, increase faculty research, and expand the positive impact of the university within communities across South Carolina. Centrally located in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Clemson is in one of the fastest-growing areas of South Carolina, and a two-hour drive from Charlotte and Atlanta.


Required Qualifications

• An ALA-accredited graduate degree in librarianship or other relevant graduate degree in another scholarly field as deemed appropriate by the Libraries.

• Two years’ experience working in an archives or special collections environment

• Demonstrated experience processing archival collections and creating finding aids

• Demonstrated experience using archival collection management software

• Evidence of knowledge of current trends in the archival profession

• Excellent communication skills, both oral and written

• Proven ability to work collaboratively within, and across, teams

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience in an academic or research library/archives

• Experience working with institutional records

• Experience providing instruction with primary sources

• Excellent organizational, time, and project management skills

• Working knowledge of ArchivesSpace

• Training and/or supervisory experience

• Familiarity with oral history methodology

Application Instructions:

Application Process

It’s a great time to join Clemson University Libraries!

Applications open: Submit your application via Interfolio by April 25, 2024:

Review and selection: We'll review applications through April 25th. If shortlisted, expect to hear from us to schedule an initial interview to be held between late April and the beginning of May. Final decision: The search committee will gather in early May to discuss interview results, identify the top candidates, and schedule finalist interviews from mid-May through early June. A hiring recommendation is to be made in mid-June. We welcome talented individuals to our team. The ideal start date for the chosen candidate is August 15th.

Application Instructions

Applicants should electronically submit all applications and related materials via Interfolio:

Required materials include:

1) Cover letter

2) Professional curriculum vitae

3) Names and contact information of three (3) professional references.

Applications received by April 25, 2024 will be guaranteed consideration.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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