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Job Summary

The Frances Willson Thompson Library at the University of Michigan - Flint is currently hiring a librarian/archivist to manage our archives. We are looking for a self-motivated, enthusiastic individual to run the Genesee Historical Collections Center. This position will hire in at the assistant level.

In support of the University’s vision of engaging minds and preparing leaders, the Thompson Library creates a student-centered environment that fosters learning and academic achievement by providing access to authoritative sources of knowledge and information and by teaching critical information literacy skills and concepts.

The Genesee Historical Collections Center (Archives), a division of the University of Michigan-Flint Thompson Library, contains both published and unpublished material concerning the history of Flint and Genesee County, Michigan, as well as the archives of the University of Michigan-Flint. It has existed since 1984, primarily serving UM-Flint students.


The Archivist is responsible for processing collections to archival standards, including the creation of modes of intellectual access to collections, such as finding aids. The Archivist is also responsible for initiating and participating in outreach, reference, and collection development activities for the Genesee Historical Collections Center. Develops collections and fosters institutional and donor relationships.  Promotes collections through instruction, exhibition, publication, and other public programs.

This position also curates and manages the Crapo Room, a collection of furniture and other artifacts that belonged to the family of Henry Howland Crapo (1804-1869), Flint industrialist and Michigan governor.  The person will also be required to work a small number of hours per week at the Library reference desk and to act as liaison to the History Department.

The start date for this position will be early August.

Required Qualifications*

ALA-accredited Master’s of Library Information Science or advanced degree in a related disciplinary field with specialization in archival studies.

Demonstrated understanding of archival collections and principles of arrangement and description through a completed finding aid or other description tool.

Working knowledge of EAD, DACS, and standardized vocabularies.

Strong interpersonal skills to collaborate successfully with a diverse range of personnel from various campus departments including administrators, students, faculty, donors, alumni and guests.

Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.

Intrinsically motivated and service oriented.

Desired Qualifications*

1-2 years post-MLS experience arranging and describing archival materials.

Knowledge of Genesee regional history, University of Michigan history.

Archival certification (SAA, ACA).

Completed coursework in electronic archival description, and library cataloging.

Supervisory experience.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.