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Please provide a resume that documents your knowledge, skills, and experiences that are relevant to this position. Please note that you may be asked to provide a written statement that communicates your interest in the position, as well as professional references if you are considered for an interview. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan Library is one of the world’s largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant University community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. To enable the University’s world-changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.

The Repository Assistant is primarily responsible for supporting the library's goal of providing worldwide access to the research done by U-M faculty members and campus units (schools, departments, research centers, etc.) via its repository service, Deep Blue.

Working with faculty, the Research Impact Librarian, and Deep Blue staff, the person in this position will use faculty profile information along with web-based tools and publisher databases to create comprehensive lists of published works, and determine copyright and publication status for articles, book chapters, conference papers, and other scholarly outputs. They will support both authors and readers to ensure we provide the best possible access and preservation to the broad range of work done at U-M and deposited in Deep Blue.

In Michigan Publishing, we champion diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our work engages a broad and diverse community with wide-ranging needs and concerns, and we empower all employees to actively participate in the ongoing process of learning about and responding to these needs. We value the synergy that results from sharing and leveraging our different experiences, backgrounds, skills, talents, and interests to build an environment in which all our community members can flourish.

Note: This position will be a full-time, three-year term appointment with the possibility of renewal.


  • Ensure that complete, accurate bibliographic data is gathered and available for materials deposited into Deep Blue so that users can easily discover and use them.

  • Communicate with liaison librarians and unit contacts—typically using templated messages—to ensure that the experience of depositing into Deep Blue is as seamless as possible.

  • Respond to inquiries from users of materials in the repository, escalating as necessary.

  • Collaborate with the Deep Blue coordinator to take advantage of changing technologies to automate as much of the deposit process as possible.

Required Qualifications*

  • Experience with word processing and spreadsheet software.

  • Excellent interpersonal, collaborative, and communication skills, both written and oral.

  • Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization

  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively on established workflows.

Additional Information

The University of Michigan offers excellent benefits and wellness opportunities.

This position receives 12 days of vacation a year, paid sick leave with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options available.

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. Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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