ANLA Collections Manager

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Classification:Library Professional 1
Grade:Grade 78
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Rural College
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Library/Physical/Social Sciences

Position Summary:

The College of Rural and Community Development, Alaska Native Language Center is recruiting for a Collections Manager!


15The Archive Manager will be responsible for public engagement, public relations, and programming public eventsEssential
20The Archive Manager will assist researchers with requests to visit the Archive and find, use, and/or copy archival materials; work with Alaska Native Language communities to access heritage materials, archive materials locally and at UAF as necessary; work with donors to create the appropriate metadata for the donated records; and work with the faculty and staff of the Alaska Native Language Center (ANLC), both as part of the research and teaching mission of ANLC, to improve descriptions, contextual information of ANLA records, and ANLA holdings.Essential
20Work with the appropriate organizational units and staff: s/he will work with the Archive Director to set processing priorities and seek funding accordingly; train and supervise student assistants and interns; work closely with the staff and faculty of ANLC and the Rasmuson Library and attend relevant organizational meetingsEssential
20Working with the archival materials: the Archive Manager will handle all stages of archiving, including acquiring, accessioning, processing, and cataloging collections; will need to digitize existing non-digital audio/video collections and be able to preserve digital materials; manage digital repositories and supervise catalog migration.Essential
25The Archive Manager will assist APRC&A with processing collections and reference. S/he is expected to organize, arrange, and describe collections of different sizes and levels of complexity, and to follow archival principles, procedures, and practices. As needed, s/he will monitor researchers in the reading room and provide archival and reference servicesEssential

The Alaska Native Language Archive (ANLA) is looking for an Archive Manager.  ANLA is a small archive whose mission is to collect, preserve, and make accessible all materials in or on Alaska Native Languages.  ANLA works closely with Alaska Native communities, language researchers, and University faculty.  ANLA is partnering with the Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) to prioritize the collection development digitization and cataloging of ten of the Alaska Native languages.

The ANLA Collections Manager will have working supervision under the Archive Director and will be expected to do most activities associated with a small Archive, including accessioning, processing, and cataloging collections; undertaking maintenance and clean-up of the current catalog and website, assisting Archive users and donors; and participating in staff meetings.  In addition, the ANLA Collections Manager will be expected to hold educational workshops or presentations on the use of the Archive, organization of the collections; to be organized in collaboration with TCC. 

The qualified candidate will have an MLIS degree or relevant experience; an understanding of standards and best practices for both physical and digital records; and experience working with digital preservation strategies and technologies and with online databases and web-based resources.  In addition, candidates should have excellent project management skills, interpersonal and presentation skills, and the ability to work independently. Candidates with experience working with either Indigenous communities or with endangered languages are highly encouraged to apply. 

This is a full-time, Grade 78, Starting Pay is $23.84/hr DOE, a 12-month position complete with a salary, and competitive  UA employee benefits package.


  • Working knowledge of standards and best practices in metadata for digital collections.
  • Working knowledge of the methods of classifying, cataloging, and organizing archival materials, including the ability to use cataloging software.
  • Experience with digital preservation strategies and technologies pertaining to audio and print material.
  • Working knowledge of research methods and tools such as on-line databases, web-based resources, and other reference materials used in locating materials and compiling information.


Minimum of one year of experience working with a variety of digital files, catalogs, software systems

Some experience with language documentation and revitalization
Experience in grant writing.
Experience with Dublin Core metadata.
Project management skills.
Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills.
Ability to lead.


Master's degree in: Special Collections/Archives, and some background in Documentary Linguistics, Computational Linguistics

Experience working with libraries, archives, or special collections, especially digital collections


For full consideration, the following must be included with your online application:

  • Cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications

  • Resume

  • The names and contact information for three professional references, please list prior supervisors

A review of applications will begin on May 6, 2021. To ensure consideration, please submit an application by 11:55 PM Alaska Time on May 5, 2021. This position is open until filled.

Term Position:

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

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

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 may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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