Utah State University

  • Assistant Librarian - Fife Folklore Archive Curator

    City Logan Campus
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(1/10/2020 7:00 PM)
    Requisition ID
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    Category (Portal Searching)
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Job Classification
    University Libraries
    Spec Collections Digital&Cataloging
    Advertised Salary
    Salary commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
  • Overview

    Utah State University (USU) Libraries seek a collaborative, innovative, and service-oriented professional to serve as the Fife Folklore Archives (FFA) Curator within the Libraries' Special Collections & Archives unit. The FFA Curator is responsible for developing, preserving, and providing access to the Libraries' folklore collections, with a focus on the Intermountain West. The curator will actively engage university and community partners to acquire new materials and promote the collections through instruction, exhibition, programming, and outreach. The anticipated start date is May 15, 2020.


    The FFA is one of the largest repositories of American folklore in the United States. Established in 1972, the Archives comprise an integral part of USU's cultural heritage resources. The Fife Folklore Archives is named for folklorists Austin E. and Alta S. Fife, Utahans who helped shape the field of folklore and worked to preserve the folk expressions of the American West. The FFA is home to more than seventy collections, including ethnographic collections, student fieldwork collections, and Austin and Alta Fife's fieldwork collections. The FFA also is the home to the historical American Folklore Society Manuscript Collection.


    Reporting to the Unit Head for Special Collections & Archives, the position is a 12-month, tenure track faculty appointment with rank as Assistant Librarian.


    The Library is especially interested in promoting an environment of diversity and excellence throughout the institution and welcomes candidates committed to fostering diverse and inclusive environments.


    • Oversee collection development program related to the Fife Folklore Archives.
    • Accession, appraise, arrange, and describe incoming collections in both tangible and electronic formats according to established processing workflows and professional standards.
    • Prepare materials for digitization, ingestion, and description within ContentDM, DigitalCommons, Omeka, and/or other electronic platforms.
    • Work in collaboration with internal and external partners to develop and support community-based collection projects such as ethnographic and oral history work.
    • Provide in-depth research assistance to users of the FFA collections, including collections of the American Folklore Society.
    • Promote the use of Fife Folklore Archives collections through active engagement in the Unit's instruction program as well as through community programming.
    • Support the Special Collections & Archives Unit through providing general reference service in the Reading Room, via email, and on the telephone.
    • Supervise Fife Folklore Archives student employees, graduate assistant, and interns.
    • Serve as the American Folklore Society Archival Liaison.
    • Participate in the Library's Exhibition Program through occasional curation of both digital and physical exhibits.
    • Serve as the Library's liaison to the USU Folklore program, housed in the Department of English.
    • Participate as part of the professional community to stay up to date on new programs, standards, and developments within the field.
    • Other duties as assigned.


    Minimum Qualifications:

    • ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library Science, Archival Science, or related field (awarded or near complete).
    • Knowledge of archival theory and methodology including appraisal, arrangement, description, and preservation.
    • Minimum one-year experience processing materials in an archives or special collections setting.
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including listening, speaking, and writing.
    • Excellent analytical, organizational, and time management skills with meticulous attention to detail.
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative, team-based environment.
    • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing assignments and needs.
    • Ability to meet the university's requirements for promotion and tenure.
    • Ability to travel for fieldwork.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Degree in Folklore or extensive experience working with folklore collections.
    • Knowledge of intangible folk culture and ethnographic ethics/practice.
    • Experience with oral history or ethnographic projects.
    • Familiarity with IRB protocols.
    • Experience with ArchivesSpace.
    • Experience with externally funded projects and/or grant writing.
    • Experience teaching.
    • Familiarity with digital preservation best practices.
    • Familiarity with project management.

    Required Documents

    Along with the online application, please attach:


    1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”

    2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application


    **Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

    Advertised Salary

    Salary commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


    Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

    College/Department Highlights

    Salary commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits. Utah State University offers a competitive benefits package, to include medical and dental with a 14.2% retirement contribution by the University, and 22 days/year vacation. The Library provides generous support for professional development and travel.


    • Life and Disability Insurance
    • Health and Dental insurance coverage for the whole family
    • 14.2% of annual earnings are deposited into a 401(a) account, no matching required
    • 22 days per year of paid annual leave
    • 12 days per year of paid sick leave
    • 12 paid holidays per year
    • Free access to an on-campus exercise facility for both employee and family
    • Opportunity for 50% off tuition for both employee and immediate family members
    • Substantial, individual, equipment budget, refreshed every three years, to purchase hardware and tools of your choosing to do your job well
    • Ongoing training and funds to attend seminars, conferences, etc.


    Utah State University is a multi-campus, land-grant institution. Utah State University's campus in Logan is located 80 miles north of Salt Lake City, within easy driving distance of many national parks. The surrounding Wasatch Mountains, including ski resorts, trails, lakes and rivers, place Utah State University in one of the finest outdoor recreational environments in the nation.


    Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2020, and the position will remain open until filled.

    University Highlights

    Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 28,000 students (25,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students) on the Logan main campus, four regional campuses, two USU Eastern campuses, and 28 centers throughout the state. USU offers 162 undergraduate majors, 153 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. The 2018 rankings from Washington Monthly ranked USU as one of the top 30 national Universities and the 5th best public national university in the nation.   As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found at: https://www.usu.edu/about/at-a-glance/.


    A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


    The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region. Additional information about Logan can be found at: http://www.loganutah.org/visitors/about_logan/index.php.


    USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement (https://www.usu.edu/president/missionstatement/). USU is an AA/EO employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law. Learn more at www.equity.usu.edu. USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program. Additional information can be found at: http://www.usu.edu/provost/faculty-life/dual-career-assistance.cfm.


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