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Archives Education Fellowship in Special Collections

Colby College
Colby College

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Job DescriptionDepartment:Special Collections and Archives - JMPay Rate Type:HourlyEmployee Type:Job Summary:The Archives Education Fellowship in Special Collections is a 9-month (mid-August 2024 through mid-May 2025) appointment that provides essential support to the Archives Education Librarian. The Fellowship is conceived to be a fifth-year professional opportunity that provides recent college graduates with valuable archival and teaching experience. There is the possibility of extending the Fellowship for a second year. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.

Colby College Special Collections houses the College’s rare books, literary manuscripts, and institutional archives. Located in Miller Library, the Colby College Libraries’ main branch, Special Collections achieves its dual mandates of preservation and access via a range of professional activities that physically safeguard, intellectually describe, and outwardly promote use of the collections. Special Collections staff develop the collections primarily via judicious acquisition of materials with direct ties to the Colby curriculum.

The primary venue through which Special Collections enriches Colby’s academic program is the vibrant and ever-expanding Archives Education program. Led by the Archives Education Librarian, the program currently provides over 70 archival labs per academic year in close collaboration with teaching faculty. Archival labs are immersive experiences that annually connect over 800 undergraduates with unique and rare materials. The labs range in intensity from single hands-on sessions to semester-long engagement involving scaffolded assignments.


Following the lead of the Archives Education Librarian, the fellow will:

  • Participate in faculty consultations to schedule and plan archival labs

  • Develop and plan class sessions, active learning exercises, and assignments

  • Research and select appropriate teaching materials housed within archival, literary, and rare book collections

  • Co-teach archival labs with the Archives Education Librarian as needed

  • Assist students with research when they return to complete immersive assignments

  • Document and assess archival lab experiences and keep accurate statistics for reporting and advocacy

  • Develop outreach materials to promote and expand the teaching program, including social media/exhibits

  • Participate in professional development opportunities to gain relevant skills and knowledge

  • Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice


  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in education and experience; relevant coursework preferred

  • Excellent research skills

  • Colby graduate preferred, due to familiarity with Colby’s history and campus culture

  • Prior experience or research in an archival/rare book repository preferred

  • Genuine interest in the archival and rare book fields and in teaching with primary source materials

  • Outstanding interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills

  • Attention to detail

  • Able to work independently, exercise judgment, and manage projects with minimal supervision while also adjusting to new projects as assigned

  • Must be highly motivated, flexible, and comfortable with diverse audiences

  • Talent to work as a member of a team, establish priorities, and work collaboratively as a member of a diverse community within a fast-paced work environment

  • Ability to promote and make accessible archival/rare book collections in creative and innovative ways

  • Must demonstrate reliability and consistency during the work week; this position is intimately integrated into the daily work of the teaching program and the department.


Co-supervised by the Assistant Director for Special Collections and the Archives Education Librarian, this position has significant interactions with faculty, staff, and students.


General open office and campus environment. Position involves sitting, although frequent movement is necessary. Occasional lifting is required. Computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is also necessary.


Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the "Apply Now" button on the Colby College website. Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and the contact information of three professional references.

A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate in its educational programs or employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or military or veteran’s status. Colby is an equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.

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Working at Colby College 

Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 57 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 1,850 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.

Under the leadership of its new president, David A. Greene, Colby is building on this strong foundation while remaining committed to excellence, to supporting students and faculty at the highest levels, and to the College’s deep liberal arts traditions. This new chapter includes plans for creating innovative academic initiatives and partnerships, strengthening the connections between the liberal arts and the professional world, revitalizing downtown Waterville, and pursuing significant capital projects for performing arts and athletics.

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