Friday, January 18, 2008

Archivist/Librarian, Popular Music and Culture

Georgia State University Library seeks enthusiastic, innovative applicants for the position of Archivist for the Popular Music and Culture Collection. The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing the development of research resources documenting American popular music and culture from 1900 to present. Significant popular culture collections under the Archivist’s care are the papers of the songwriter and lyricist Johnny Mercer, as well as holdings related to the music industry, and the development of country, bluegrass and gospel music. Other areas of popular culture will be developed as need and opportunities arise. The Archivist reports to the Special Collections department head, and ensures that materials collected are preserved, described, and made available for research while placing a strong emphasis on outreach, public relations, and donor cultivation for this collection.

The successful candidate will plan and supervise work related to the acquisition, processing, preservation, and use of archival, manuscript, oral history, media, and printed research collections in popular American culture of the 20th and 21st centuries. Promote and facilitate the use of materials; identify and contact prospective donors; and negotiate deeds of gift and the transfer and disposition of collections, while also maintaining stewardship of current collections and donors. Assist in formulating departmental policies and procedures as well as performing other departmental activities including preparation of exhibitions, reference, and conducting classes and orientations. Participate as a library faculty member on library and university committees.

ALA-accredited master’s degree in information/library science or master’s degree in history, modern cultural history, or related field. Graduate coursework in archival administration or significant related work experience. Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills. PREFERRED: Experience in appraising, preserving and processing 20th-century materials, including diverse media formats. ACA certification. Experience with donor relations and cultivation. Knowledge of current developments in and implementation of copyright and use laws. Experience with digital projects. Background in popular music and/or culture.

Salary and Rank
$42,000-$55,000 for 12 months commensurate with the candidate’s education and experience. Appointment at a faculty rank, on a contract renewal basis.

Submit a cover letter addressing the above qualifications; resume; name, address and phone number of three references, including immediate supervisor. Review of materials will begin March 19, 2008 and continue until the position is filled. Send materials to:

Human Resources Coordinator
University Library
Georgia State University
100 Decatur Street, SE, Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
(404) 413-2700

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Georgia State University is an equal opportunity educational institution/affirmative action employer strongly committed to cultural diversity.

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