Manuscripts Librarian



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Job description

Available Title(s):
470-NN_FACULTY – Librarian 2

Business Title:
Manuscripts Librarian

Employee Type:

Time Type:
Full time

Position Term:
12 Month

Position Details:

Summary of Duties:

The primary responsibilities of this position are to provide reference service and instruction for all manuscript collections; oversee a comprehensive program of appraisal, acquisition, intellectual control, and preservation of digital and analog manuscript collections; process collections; create and edit finding aids and other digital surrogates using generally accepted archival standards and best practices.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manages all manuscript collections in MASC.
  • Clarifies patrons’ research needs and provides required documentation or useful citations.
  • Provides reference services for manuscript and archival collections.
  • Provides instruction to classes and groups visiting MASC.
  • Works as a liaison between MASC and WSU faculty and others to provide specialized and general information about manuscript collections.
  • Assists with collection development and donor relations.
  • Supervises the work of temporary employees.

Scholarship, Service, & Professional Development:

  • Maintains current awareness of trends and developments in the area of archives, manuscripts, and special collections by reading professional literature, participating in professional organizations and committees, and attending workshops, institutes, seminars and conferences at local, state, regional, national and international levels.
  • Conducts research for publication and presentation in areas of library and information science or other scholarly subjects.
  • Shares with library colleagues and department faculty and staff relevant information gained from professional activities and uses that knowledge to improve departmental operations.
  • Serves on library working groups, search committees, standing committees, and ad hoc groups as appropriate.
  • Serves on WSU university committees and task forces.

Required Qualifications:

  • American Library Association accredited masters’ degree in library/information science at date of hire.
  • Minimum of one year of special collections experience, preferably in an academic or research library.
  • Experience managing library or archival collections, procedures, digitization workflows and content management systems.
  • Familiarity with current theories and trends in digital library initiatives, digital curation, and ethical curation practices.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, written, organizational, problem-solving and planning skills.
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently and to promote teamwork among colleagues.
  • Ability to work with diverse sets of stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of ArchivesSpace or other archival collection management tools.
  • Professional or cultural experience with outreach to communities.
  • Experience with archives metadata standards.
  • Second Masters or other graduate degree.

The University:

Washington State University (, one of two research universities in the state, was founded in 1890 as the state’s land-grant institution and has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and more than 7,000 faculty and staff. The University strongly values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. WSU students come together from diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds from around the nation and more than 90 countries. As a comprehensive, land-grant institution, Washington State University is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and outreach to all constituents.

The Libraries:

The WSU Libraries (, one of two Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in the state, houses over two million books and over 30,000 journal and magazine subscriptions. The Libraries are a part of the Orbis Cascade Alliance and are deeply invested, along with our partner libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, in the activities of the shared Library Resource Management System. As an active partner in the Orbis Cascade Alliance, the WSU Libraries both inform and reflect the guiding tenets of the alliance, which are: work smart, design for engagement, and innovate to transform.

Additional Information:


WSU Libraries

Department Name:


Department Link:

City, State, Zip:

Pullman, WA 99164

Annual Salary:

$65,479 – $68,500 | Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

In accordance with RCW 49.58.110, the above salary reflects the full salary range for this position. Individual placement within the range is based on the candidate’s current experience, education, skills, and abilities related to the position or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.

WSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes paid sick and vacation leave; paid holidays; medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts.

For a more detailed summary of benefits offered by WSU for Faculty visit: Find total compensation information here:

FTE: 100%

This is a permanent position.

Tenure Track: Yes

Posting Close Date:

Applicants must submit their completed application by Sunday May 21, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

Background Check:

This position has been designated by the department to require a background check because it requires access to children or vulnerable adults as defined by RCW 74.34, engages in law enforcement, requires security clearance, interacts with WSU students in a counseling or advising capacity, has access to personal identifying and/or financial information, unsupervised access to university buildings/property, or other business-related need. A background check will not be completed until an initial determination of qualification for employment has been made.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or [email protected].

How to apply

To apply, visit [email protected] 509-335-1535.

Washington State University (WSU, WAZZU) is a public research university based in Pullman, Washington, in the Palouse region of the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 1890, WSU is the state's original and largest land-grant university and confers bachelor's, master's, professional and doctoral degrees, and offers more than 200 fields of study.