Utah State University

Community & Oral History Archivist (Assistant Librarian)

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 4 months ago(8/3/2023 4:33 PM)
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Benefited Full-Time
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University Libraries
Spec Collections Digital&Cataloging
Advertised Salary
Salary minimum of $55,000, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


Utah State University (USU) Libraries seek a collaborative, innovative, and service-oriented professional to serve as the Community & Oral History Archivist within the Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives (SCA) section. The Archivist will be responsible for coordination of SCA’s community outreach and engagement activities, including programs and events. They will actively cultivate new relationships and promote ongoing relationships with community partners across the region. In conjunction with this role, the Archivist will serve as SCA’s oral history specialist, ensuring that the unit’s efforts in planning and executing oral history projects follow professional standards and best practices. The Archivist is also responsible for developing, preserving, and providing access to the Libraries’ Fife Folklore Archive (FFA) collections, with a focus on the Intermountain West. The archivist will actively engage university and community partners to acquire new materials, provide reference services, and promote the Fife collections through instruction, exhibition, programming, and outreach.


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 FFA 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. SCA is also the home to the historical American Folklore Society Manuscript Collection. The successful applicant will work in a collaborative environment with support for professional growth and development.


USU Libraries is currently wrapping up a realignment process that will position the Libraries to be agile and at the forefront of changing user needs. We anticipate this will be completed Fall 2023. Please note that these new alignments may not be reflected on the Libraries’ website or public presences until the end of the process. Current information on the new organizational structure can be requested from Clint Pumphrey or Andrea Payant. The successful applicant will report to the chair overseeing curation, outreach, and community engagement.


The position is a 12-month, tenure track faculty appointment with rank as Assistant Librarian. The position is open fall 2023 and the start date is negotiable.


75% Librarianship Responsibilities

  • Community Engagement
    • Work in partnership with curator team to coordinate community engagement with SCA’s resources, programs, and services.
    • Develop collaborative relationships with Intermountain West communities and work to identify, develop, preserve, and support access to archival collections that document their histories and shared experiences.
    • In coordination with Libraries’ marketing staff, suggest ways to promote SCA’s materials, services, exhibitions, and events.
  • Oral History Specialist
    • Serve as a resource to the curator team in the planning and execution of oral history projects documenting various historical topics.
    • Work with curator team to ensure current and legacy oral history projects conform to professional standards and best practices.
  • Fife Folklore Archives
    • Oversee the FFA collection development program.
    • Work with the processing team to accession, arrange, and describe incoming collections in both tangible and electronic formats according to established processing workflows and professional standards.
    • Provide in-depth research assistance to users of the FFA collections.
    • Work to promote the use of FFA collections through active engagement in the Unit’s instruction program.
    • Facilitate close communication and collaboration between SCA and the USU Folklore program, housed in the Department of English.

15% Research and Scholarship Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the fields of archival outreach, oral history and folklore archiving, or librarianship through original research or scholarly outputs (presentations, publications, white papers, standards development, exhibits, etc.)

10% Service Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the fields of archival outreach, oral history and folklore archiving, or librarianship by serving on university, local, regional, national, or international committees.


USU Libraries understands that successful candidates possess a variety of experiences and abilities, some of which lend themselves to demonstrating these qualifications better than others. We encourage candidates to think broadly about how their experiences, knowledge, skills, and abilities can apply to the qualifications. We remain committed to professional development and training to continue to build and evolve skills for the future.


Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library Science, Archival Science, or related field by start date. An appointment as affiliate librarian will be considered for those who complete degree requirement by December 2023.
  • 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.
  • Commitment to special collections and archives public service, including a keen interest in promoting the use and appreciation of archival materials.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including listening, speaking, and writing.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and time management skills.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative, team-based environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to practices that foster inclusion and belonging.
  • Ability to conduct fieldwork.
  • Demonstrated capacity for critical thinking and problem-solving.
  • Ability to be flexible, navigate ambiguity, and adapt to change.
  • Ability to meet the university's requirements for promotion and tenure.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of intangible folk culture and ethnographic ethics/practice.
  • Experience in planning, conducting, editing, and completing in-depth archival oral histories.
  • Familiarity with Institutional Review Board protocols.
  • Degree in Folklore or experience working with folklore collections.
  • Experience teaching.
  • Familiarity with digital preservation best practices.
  • Familiarity with project management.
  • Communications and event management experience.
  • Experience supervising student employees, graduate assistants, or interns.
  • Experience with externally funded projects and/or grant writing.

Salary minimum of $55,000, plus excellent benefits including a 14.2% (starting at $7,810) annual retirement contribution. Utah State University offers a competitive benefits package which includes medical and dental, and 22 days/year vacation. The Libraries provide generous support for professional development and travel. The Libraries support a flexible work environment while recognizing the level of flexibility within positions will vary based on individual job responsibilities. Relocation assistance is available.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. CV/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
    • Please address each of the minimum and preferred qualifications in your letter as fully as possible using evidence from your educational or workplace experience as appropriate.

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

Advertised Salary

Salary minimum of $55,000, plus excellent benefits


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

University Highlights

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant and space-grant university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion. USU serves approximately 27,500 students throughout the state at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for over 25 years, and USU Extension provides outreach and service to all counties in Utah.  


As a land-grant university, USU engages communities and empowers people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. As an R1 research institution, USU provides a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price. Washington Monthly has consistently ranked USU in the top 10 among public universities for contribution to social mobility, research, and public service.  


Utah State is committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where different perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Learn more about USU. 


The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or hr@usu.edu. 


About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation. 


*updated 7/2023

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Cody Carmichael, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov


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