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Special Collections Librarian (Audio Visual) and Assistant Professor


Special Collections Librarian (Audio Visual) and Assistant Professor (full-time)


University, MS United States

Application Date

January 01, 1970

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Job Description: The Department of Archives and Special Collections in the University of Mississippi Libraries seeks applicants for the position of Special Collections Librarian (Audio Visual).  The position is a twelve-month, tenure track, assistant professorship and offers an opportunity to work independently and collaboratively with an extensive collection of world class archival photographic, audio, and moving image materials specializing in Mississippi and the American South.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Masters of Library and/or Information Science from an ALA accredited program or a Certified Archivist (Academy of Certified Archivists) holding a master’s degree in a related field
  • Experience with archival materials including: photographic, audio, digital, moving image materials
  • Experience with image, video, and audio editing and processing software
  • Ability to perform activities associated with archival environments
  • Demonstrated effective oral and written communication abilities as well as interpersonal skills

Job Responsibilities:

  • Reports to the Head of Special Collections, primary responsibilities include accessioning, arranging, describing, and creating finding aids for photographs, reel-to-reel tapes, audio cassettes, video tapes, born digital formats, and other audio and visual formats; developing and implementing policies and procedures; identifying and addressing preservation issues; and prioritization and supervision of the digitization of archival audio and visual materials.
  • This librarian will negotiate licensing and duplication requests of various media formats within Special Collections, as well as maintaining and creating policies in accordance with best practice, copyright, license, and donor agreements.
  • This librarian will actively participate in providing reference and research support, instruction, outreach activities, exhibition installation, and other curatorial functions in Special Collections as needed.
  • This position also requires working closely with existing and potential collection donors of archival audio and visual materials.
  • The incumbent will understand the value of diversity, inclusion, and accessibility, particularly as they pertain to the appraisal and description of information resources and will fill gaps in the collection by seeking materials related to individuals and groups who are underrepresented in the audio/visual collections.
  • This position supports and promotes access through digitization and facilitates outreach to scholars, media creators, and cultural institutions.
  • This librarian must meet departmental and university tenure and promotion standards for fulfillment of professional responsibilities, scholarship and service.

Salary: $55,000/year and includes the university’s competitive benefits package

Application Procedures

A review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled or an adequate applicant pool is established. Qualified applicants must apply online at and must include a cover letter highlighting the applicant’s strengths, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references. Applications are only accepted online; no paper copies are accepted. Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check and verification of credentials.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.