Special Collections Archivist

Atlanta, Georgia, United States Full-time

Special Collections Archivist 


The Georgia Tech Library seeks a collegial, innovative archivist to spearhead strategies for preserving and providing access to physical and digital materials in Special Collections and Archives. The successful candidate for this position will also support the Archives’ digitization and digital production strategies, engage in the arrangement, description and access of physical and digital materials, and provide instruction and reference services. The Special Collections Archivist will participate actively in library-wide initiatives through committees, taskforces, and projects that are in line with the Library's strategic mission. Applicants should be eager to shape change and define user-centered services for the Archives. Candidates should have an interest in the evolving roles of research libraries and archives in the changing landscape of higher education, as reflected in the Georgia Tech’s Library Next initiative (http://renewal.library.gatech.edu). Recent graduates and early career professionals are particularly encouraged to apply. 



Key Responsibilities 

  • Utilize archival systems (ArchivesSpace, Archive-IT, DSpace, Aeon, etc.) to facilitate access to archival collections.
  • Supports the Archives’ digitization and digital production strategies, to facilitate access to the Archives’ collections.
  • Engage in the arrangement, description and access of physical and digital collections. 
  • Create finding aids and other descriptions and make them available to researchers, faculty and students.
  • Provide reference consultation to researchers through virtual and in person service.
  • Supervise the work of staff assisting with archival processing. 
  • Conduct archival orientation, instructional classes and presentations to faculty, students and other user groups.
  • Conduct outreach to promote awareness of archival collections
  • Design innovative archival services in support of Library Renewal initiative (Library Next).


Required Qualifications 

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library and information sciences or master’s degree in archival administration, or equivalent advanced degree

One - Two years experience in each of the following:.

  • Preserving and providing access to physical and digital collections
  • Working with Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and other related archival description standards. 
  • Archival arrangement and description of physical and digital materials.
  • Digitization and digital production best practices and workflows.
  • Preserving and providing access to physical and digital collections.
  • Commitment to outreach and service.


Preferred Qualifications 

  • Knowledge of ArchivesSpace or similar archival management software systems.



Faculty Status 

The position will be appointed as a member of the Instructional Faculty of the Georgia Tech Library, is non-tenure track and is subject to the review and promotion process for all Georgia Tech librarians and archivists. As a member of the Georgia Tech Library Faculty, the incumbent will have an effort distribution of 80% excellence in assigned duties, 10% scholarship, and 10% professional service. Salary and rank commensurate with credentials and experience. This is a full-time faculty appointment. 


Appointments will be made at the Archivist I (entry-level). 

Application Process:
The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed to be exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job.

The Georgia Institute of Technology is an Equal Education/Employment Opportunity Institution and the Library encourages applications from candidates of diverse cultural backgrounds.

If interested in this position, please submit your curriculum vitae (CV) / resume and cover letter as one document to the Georgia Institute of Technology Library’s Human Resources department by using the following link: 

special collections archivist