Processing Archivist job with Arizona State University Libraries

Processing Archivist

The ASU Library seeks a Processing Archivist to organize, describe, and provide access to archival materials within the unique and diverse collections of the ASU Library. Reporting to the Head of Community Archives, the Processing Archivist applies appropriate professional standards and best practices in processing special and archival records in all formats and includes records in Spanish. The Community-Driven Archives unit centers the lives and voices of historically marginalized communities in the Southwest region, including Latino, Black, Indigenous, Asian and Pacific Islander, and LGBTQ communities. This unit uses a team approach to collections services, including community engagement programs, reading and reference services, teaching ASU and community college courses, and other activities. supporting education with primary source materials.

The Processing Archivist contributes to the effective management of the lifecycle of collections, working with staff in the areas of digital preservation, metadata, curation, reformatting services and high-density storage to enable a long-term access to ASU archival collections. The Treatment Archivist prioritizes collections for treatment, studies collections, develops treatment plans, identifies preservation and conservation needs, relocates and organizes materials, creates metadata and finding aids, and performs a subject analysis to enable access to archival collections for scholars, learners and the public. The Archivist assumes the responsibilities expected of academic professionals in a continuing care position, including position effectiveness, professional contributions, and service.

A center of energy, imagination, and innovation, the ASU Library is home to eight library facilities across four ASU campus sites – providing students and faculty with access to millions of information resources, classroom collections world, exceptional study spaces, advanced data centers and a suite of creative spaces. Serving as a vital gateway to ASU’s research and knowledge enterprise, the ASU Library strives to collaborate, educate, and innovate across disciplines, communities, and technologies, while leveraging key research, learning, and engagement opportunities that are unique to ASU. A strong supporter of student success and an essential partner in achieving New American University’s mission of access, excellence, and impact, the ASU Library is a space of potential, from which many futures can be built and of which none is excluded. More information about the library can be found at



  • ALA Accredited Masters in Library and Information Science
  • Experience in organizing, describing and preserving archival collections
  • Knowledge of currently accepted national description and metadata standards for libraries and archives [e.g. Describing Archives: A
    Content Standard (DACS) and Encoded Archival Description
  • A statement in your cover letter explaining how your past and/or potential contributions to social justice, diversity, equity, and/or inclusion will advance ASU Library’s commitment to excellence inclusive.


  • Knowledge of reading or proficiency in Spanish.
  • Knowledge of Arizona and/or Southwestern history.
  • Supervisory experience, including hiring, training, supervising and evaluating students and paraprofessional workers.
  • Demonstrated experience using current library and archive description and metadata standards [e.g. Describing Archives: A
    Content Standard (DACS) and Encoded Archival Description
  • Experience using ArchivesSpace or other collections management systems.
  • Knowledge of preservation and conservation standards for archival documents.
  • Ability to work independently and manage several complex and urgent projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and communication skills and ability to maintain positive and productive working relationships with colleagues.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

Salary and rank: This is a continuing academic professional position; Assistant/associate librarian and salary according to experience.

Application Procedures: This is a paperless search; only electronic documents will be accepted. To apply, please submit electronically to what follows: A cover letter, curriculum vitae or full curriculum vitae, as well as the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of 3 recent professional references. No paper, fax or e-mail applications will be accepted.

The applicant’s last name must appear in each uploaded file name. Questions regarding the position should be directed to the Search Committee Chair at [email protected] The application deadline is August 12, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be considered in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

other information: Hiring depends on eligibility to work in the United States. For more information about ASU, visit our website: For more information on the Phoenix metro area, please visit