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Richard & Mary Corrigan Solari University Archivist and Historian

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Work type: Faculty - Career
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Library, Other

Department: Library
Rank: Associate or Senior Librarian
Salary: $66,000-$80,000 per year

Annual Basis: 12 Month

Review of Applications Begins

August 21, 2022; position open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with your online application, please submit a cover letter stating your interest and qualifications for the position, and a current resume, which includes dates of employment.

Department Summary

About the UO Libraries:
The University of Oregon Libraries is an essential partner in the University’s educational, research, and public service mission. With five locations on the Eugene campus, and branches at UO Portland and at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, the Libraries offers many flexible, service- and technology-rich environments for our users’ research and learning needs. The UO Libraries is committed to supporting and enhancing the diversity of the university community, providing a culturally inclusive environment where diversity of thought and expression is valued and respected, and disrupting systemic inequalities. With a focus on equity in service, we strive to create a powerful learning community, a welcoming space where faculty, students, and patrons of all ages and cultural and ethnic backgrounds can access the information necessary to achieve their personal and professional goals. Our mission is to actively support the student learning experience, enable the creation and stewardship of knowledge, and contribute to advancements in teaching, research, scholarship, and public service. We value intellectual freedom, user-centered service, evidence-based approaches, transparency, innovation, teamwork, diversity, and integrity.

The University of Oregon Libraries is the only Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member in Oregon. The library is a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, SPARC, Center for Research Libraries, DuraSpace, the Council on Library and Information Resources, Coalition for Networked Information, EDUCAUSE, and other major organizations. For more information about the UO Libraries, go to https://library.uoregon.edu/overview.

About Special Collections and University Archives:
Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) is the primary repository for the university’s archives, rare books, historic photographs, and one of the largest historical manuscript collections in the Pacific Northwest. As the largest historical repository in the state, SCUA provides extensive public access to its collections and is thus a critically important source of Oregon and Pacific Northwest historical materials to be used for research, publication, and instruction.

Position Summary

The University of Oregon Libraries in beautiful Eugene, Oregon, seeks an experienced professional with a passion for public engagement and outreach to serve as its next Corrigan Solari University Archivist and Historian.

Reporting to the Director of Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), the Corrigan Solari University Archivist and Historian is the primary steward of the UO's institutional history, and works to collect, preserve, and tell the story of the institution's legacy and impacts. University Archives materials are heavily utilized by campus and the public, and have contributed to both the architecture and the museum of the famed Hayward track and field complex in Eugene; as well as to exhibits and publications such as The Architecture of the University of Oregon; Leadership and Legacy: Athletics and the University of Oregon; and Untold Stories: the Hidden History of the University of Oregon, which highlights the stories and experiences of underrepresented communities.

The Archivist and Historian will arrive at an exciting time for the UO and its Libraries. As the University of Oregon continues its growth trajectory, with the recent addition of a rapidly growing data science major, the development of the Phil and Penny Knight Center for Accelerating Scientific Impact, and the bold acquisition of a new campus in Oregon's major population center of Portland; University Archives not only tells the story of UO's past, but is actively documenting the present and creating the record of its future. Through professional curation, collection management, preservation, and solicitation of the permanent record of the University and papers of its faculty and student organizations, spanning all manner of traditional and emerging formats, the incumbent ensures a representative and inclusive institutional history. The Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives have grown and modernized over the recent years, expanding capacity to handle materials of various formats, increasing access to significant collections, and attracting higher use than ever before. The next Archivist and Historian will continue to move us forward, building for the demands and opportunities of tomorrow.

The Archivist and Historian oversees and coordinates the department’s multifaceted instruction program, providing consistent and professional information to faculty, staff, researchers, and the public, and contributing to the University's educational mission while ensuring that students and scholars gain exposure to and practice with critical primary source inquiry. The successful candidate will also supervise and train student workers; coordinate with the Director of SCUA on policy development; collaborate with a campus records management office to distinguish temporary records and ensure compliance with public records retention policies; lead the development of research and reference services regarding UO history; and will function as point person for instruction activities led by UO faculty while employing SCUA collections. This prominent and influential endowed position enjoys strong campus and community recognition of the value and importance of the Archivist and Historian's work.

The UO Libraries and Special Collections and University Archives department offers an ambitious, dynamic, and collegial work environment and strong support for professional development and engagement. Employment with the University of Oregon carries a competitive benefits package including relocation assistance and dual-career support. If you've been waiting for the right opportunity to advance archives practice, fulfill your potential as a historian, and make a meaningful public impact - consider joining us.

The Libraries will consider any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience when evaluating candidates; we are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes with relevant transferrable skills from a variety of sources and experiences. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the roles.

Minimum Requirements

Minimum Qualifications for Associate Librarian Rank:
• Master’s degree in Library/Information Science (MLIS) from an ALA-accredited institution, OR a Master’s degree in Archival Administration.
• Six years of post-degree progressive leadership experience focused on institutional records in a special collections or university archives.

Minimum Qualifications for Senior Librarian Rank:
• Master’s degree in Library/Information Science (MLIS) from an ALA-accredited institution, OR a Master’s degree in Archival Administration.
• Twelve years of post-degree progressive leadership experience focused on institutional records in a special collections or university archives.

Professional Competencies

• Ability to provide instruction in Archival theories and operations.
• Exceptional, effective communication skills.
• Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with faculty and staff in a variety of disciplines.
• Ability to prioritize work and meet multiple deadlines.
• Demonstrated analytical and organizational skills.
• Ability to support and enhance a diverse learning and working environment.
• Thorough knowledge and experience in the practices and principles of archival management.

Preferred Qualifications

• Advanced subject degree in humanities, social science, or related field.
• Demonstrated experience with administering analog and digital institutional records.
• Demonstrated knowledge and experience in current legal issues affecting access to permanent institutional records.
• Experience with a robust records management program.
• Experience managing project work.
• Experience with outreach and public relations.
• Donor relations experience.
• Strong interest in student and faculty engagement.
• Experience providing instruction in the use of, or information about, special collections and university archives resources in both analog and digital formats.
• A strong commitment to effective public service.
• A record of active participation in professional associations and initiatives at the state and national level.


University of Oregon students and employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For additional information see: https://coronavirus.uoregon.edu/vaccine.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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