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Archivist for Special Collections and University Archives

Payson Library – Malibu Campus

Pepperdine University Libraries seeks an enthusiastic, innovative, and experienced professional to serve as Archivist in Special Collections and University Archives. This position plays a leading role in the organization, description, and discovery of Pepperdine University’s archival materials. The Archivist reports to the Associate University Librarian for Special Collections and University Archives. 

Duties: The Archivist’s primary role is to enhance access to physical and digital archival materials by managing archival arrangement and description according to national standards and best practices. The Archivist works collaboratively within the department to establish efficient processing workflows, priorities, and plans. The Archivist ensures that archival materials are accessible to users by accessioning and processing materials, preparing finding aids for online dissemination, and training and overseeing processing interns and student workers. The Archivist contributes to the department’s user services program by participating in reference, instruction, public programming, outreach, and exhibits. The Archivist ensures the consistent transfer of historic materials by helping to maintain a collection development program for the University Archives that includes conducting outreach, appraising, and accessioning relevant materials. The Archivist also participates in other department activities as needed, including data management, digital and physical preservation, grant-writing, digital humanities initiatives, digitization projects, and donor relations. The Archivist upholds the University mission through work performed and completes other duties as assigned.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Skills/Qualifications: Required: Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited institution with coursework in archival theory and practice; successful experience in a special collections department or archives; demonstrated ability in processing a variety of archival materials, including personal papers and organizational records; familiarity with Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS), and other relevant tools, standards, and best practices for archival processing; evidence of commitment to public service and the ability to work collaboratively with a variety of staff, faculty and researchers; strong verbal and written communication skills; supervisory experience; ability to lift up to 40 pounds; and successful completion of a background check.

Preferred: Experience using ArchivesSpace; experience with electronic records management; experience in an institutional archives; advanced degree in an appropriate subject area; and a record of professional contributions.

Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education and employment screening.

Salary and Rank: Commensurate with experience and qualifications. This is a full-time, ranked librarian position with generous insurance benefits and employer-funded retirement options.

To Apply: Review of applications will begin immediately; applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Please complete an application through Pepperdine University’s Jobs Web Site ( Make sure to include a cover letter, a resume, and the names and contact information for three references.


Pepperdine Libraries Student Assistant

Payson Library – Malibu Campus

The Payson Library seeks energetic service-oriented students to join the team. Faculty, staff and students depend upon local library services, interlibrary services and resource sharing to support their research and educational needs. Library student workers play a key role in helping the Library achieve these goals.The Library supports the research and instructional needs of the campus community. Library operations encompass a wide variety of activities that range from shelving library materials and basic data entry to complex office/business activities and public service. Library student workers support these activities as well as provide the majority of staffing on weekday evenings and weekends.

For student assistant positions at our Graduate Campus Library locations, please contact the appropriate Campus Library for additional information.

To apply for a position at Payson Library, please complete the online application.