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Classification:Library Professional 4
Grade:Grade 82
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Rasmuson Library
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Library/Physical/Social Sciences, Other

Position Summary:

The Alaska & Polar Regions Collections and Archives Department (APRCA) of the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library is accepting applications for an Archivist to develop, manage, and promote manuscript and archival collections at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). APRCA provides exceptional resources for the study of Northern history with more than 150,000 monograph and serial volumes, 11,000 rare books and maps, 20,000 linear feet of archives and manuscripts, 1 million photographs, tens of thousands of historical films and videotapes, and more than 11,000 hours of oral history recordings. Founded in 1917, UAF is a land-sea-space grant institution and the senior campus of the University of Alaska system, with over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Reporting to the Director of Libraries, the Archivist is responsible for records of the University of Alaska and for identifying, acquiring and managing additional manuscript and photograph collections predominantly relating to Alaskan peoples, political life, history, and culture. The Archivist will collaborate with colleagues in the department, university, and the larger scholarly community in developing services and programs that promote the collections. Located just 200 miles (320 km) south of the Arctic Circle, UAF's research is world renowned, most notably in Arctic biology, Arctic engineering, geophysics, supercomputing and Alaska Native studies. In addition to the scenic Fairbanks campus, UAF encompasses six branch campuses that provide educational opportunities throughout the state. The University of Alaska Museum of the North is located on the Fairbanks campus. UAF libraries advance the university’s mission through education and the creation, acquisition, management, preservation and dissemination of information resources. The vision of UAF libraries is to: promote information literacy; maximize information access and delivery to the UAF community, Alaska and others; and be the library of choice for researchers on Alaska and the circumpolar North.


10Collaborate with other unit heads and attend unit heads, department and library management team meetings. As needed in conjunction with staff, provide professional research and reference services to researchers and the public. Other duties as assigned.Essential
10Supervisory responsibilities: Hire, supervise, conduct annual evaluations, foster development, initiate corrective action and progressive discipline, and direct work activities of department staff.Essential
15Outreach activities and identification of funding sources: Promote archives collections to the public and potential users through university courses, public events, online and physical exhibits, library displays, social media, and other relevant methods. Identify funding sources, and prepare and submit grant proposals that promote collection development, preservation, processing, digitization, interpretation and programming for archives and special collections. Direct successful grant proposals.Essential
65Archivist duties: Identify, select, and acquire manuscript and archival materials related to Arctic and Antarctic regions, to Alaska history, politics, and culture, and to the University of Alaska, applying subject knowledge, knowledge of holdings, and archival appraisal standards. Work with and cultivate relationships with donors and dealers to further collecting interests. Ensure accurate record-keeping for gifts and acquisitions. Formulate, implement and evaluate policies and procedures involving security, collection development, preservation, processing, access, and outreach activities relating to archival and special collections, applying knowledge of privacy and copyright law, best practices and professional archival standards. Coordinate descriptive practices and access tools for archival material with other library departments and IT staff. Identify, plan, and implement new services as needed. Research current trends in using information technology in special collections and archives, and identify priorities for digitization. Participate in state, regional, national and/or international professional activities consistent with the mission of the Alaska and Polar Regions Collection & Archives department. Travel as needed for professional development and service, including conferences and workshops.Essential


  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library and information science, or graduate degree in archival studies, history or a related field with library or archives experience. Minimum three years professional experience in archives, with progressive responsibilities.

  • Minimum three years of direct supervisory responsibilities.

  • Familiarity with current issues and trends in archives and special collections.

  • Familiarity with archival standards including DACS and EAD.

  • Knowledge of personnel management techniques and practices, including training, hiring, evaluating, and progressive discipline.

  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.

  • Knowledge of and ability to use integrated library systems.

  • Knowledge of privacy rights and copyright issues.

  • Ability to lift 40 pounds.  Willingness to travel within and outside the state at times.


  • ACA certification.

  • Experience with public programs, exhibits and outreach.

  • Knowledge of CuadraSTAR SKCA (Star Knowledge Center for Archives) archives management software.

  • Fiscal management experience, including management of grants and gifts.

  • Course work in Alaskan or Polar history/anthropology/political science.

About this position:

This is a full-time, Grade 82, minimum $34.45 hourly, DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. This position is open until filled with the initial application review taking place on April 19th, 2019.   To ensure your application is considered, apply by 11:55 pm, 4/18/2019.  Applications received after this date may not be considered. A complete application will include a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references.

This position is a term-funded position through June 30, 2020 and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.


If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact Rasmuson Library Human Resources at 907-474-6696. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact UAF Human Resources office at 907-474-7700.

Background Check:The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment.   During the probationary period, employment maybe terminated for no reason or any reason.  Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Training Policy:
It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF. The policy can be located at:

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Notice of Nondiscrimination:
The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution.  The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission
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