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Project Archivist

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Arizona State University: Office of the University Provost Tempe: ASU Library: Labriola National American Indian Data Center


Tempe campus

Open Date

Feb 16, 2024


Reporting to the Director of the Labriola National American Indian Data Center at Arizona State University, the Project Archivist is responsible for coordination and implementation of a grant-funded three-year project January 2023-December 2025 to engage in community-based participatory archives development with selected Tribal communities and Native Nations in Arizona. As a representative of ASU, the Project Archivist is responsible for cultivating relationships and liaising with the Native Nations and Tribal communities identified for this project, and collaborating with our ASU School of Law partners to co-develop intellectual and cultural property licenses or memoranda and to collaboratively arrange, describe, and provide access to Indigenous archival materials. The Project Archivist works with community partners to ensure the appropriate disposition of collections; archival processing; and may prepare materials for reformatting, digitization, preservation, and access.

This two-year position leads best practices toolkit development, leads archives work within the context of the project, and ensures alignment with ASU Library and Labriola Center policies and practices. The Project Archivist also ensures compliance with all approved Institutional Review Board specifications, guidelines, and requirements. The Project Archivist employs a team-based approach to problem-solving, and ensures timely project completion, statistics tracking, project reporting, and contributes to the overall success of the project.

The ASU Library is a center of energy, imagination, and innovation, with nine library facilities across four ASU campus locations. We provide students and faculty access to millions of information resources, world-class collections, outstanding study spaces, advanced data centers, and a suite of maker spaces and creative services. ASU Library strongly supports student success and is a critical partner in realizing the New American University’s mission of access, excellence, and impact. Success at ASU is measured not by whom we exclude but rather by whom we include and how they succeed.


● Leads the implementation of the archival processes associated with the Labriola Center’s grant initiative

● Collaborates with Tribal partners to gather oral histories and other stories through mutually agreed-upon methods (such as audio or video recording, transcription, photography, and/or writing) to enrich their collections

● Co-develop collection plans for archival processing, description, and access to archival and cultural heritage materials within ASU’s Mukurtu instance in accordance with the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials and Collective Benefit, Authority to Control, Responsibility, and Ethics (CARE) principles

● Contributes to development of culturally appropriate protocols and processes throughout the grant period; including the formation of Traditional Knowledge (TK) Labels for Mukurtu

● Assists in the promotion of the Firekeepers grant initiative, including composing communications, facilitating press inquiries, and promotion via social media channels

● Collaborates with grant project Indigenous Education Specialist and Language Specialist to develop or enhance culturally appropriate educational support materials, learning modules, and/or culturally appropriate metadata;

● Collaborates with grant Indigenous Language Specialist to incorporate Traditional Knowledge Labels within community collections

● Responsible for the supervision and training of Labriola staff who contribute to the grants, including student workers, graduate assistants, and interns

● Leads development and production of a Firekeepers Toolkit for public use

● Performs other duties as assigned



● Master’s degree in library and/or information science from an American Library Association accredited program by the hire date.


● Degree or certification in Indigenous Studies, American Indian studies, Indigenous Education, or related discipline

● Experience working with Indigenous communities

● 1-2 of experience in academic or Tribal libraries or archives

● Experience using current library and archival descriptive and metadata standards

● Knowledge of inclusive metadata description practices for American Indian collections

● Experience with Indigenous archival practices and care, such as the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials

● Experience using Mukurtu or other Indigenous-informed content management systems

● Experience with Indigenous-informed data stewardship practices and procedures, such as CARE (Collective Benefit, Authority to Control, Responsibility, Ethics for Indigenous Data Governance) and FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Inter-operable, and Reusable) principles

● Supervisory experience

● Ability to work independently and manage multiple complex and time-sensitive projects simultaneously

● Knowledge of Indigenous Peoples of Arizona and/or Southwest

Salary and Rank: This is a Fixed Term, Grant Funded, Academic Professional position; Assistant/Associate Archivist rank and salary dependent upon experience.

Application Instructions

Application Procedures: This is a paperless search; only electronic materials will be accepted. To apply, please submit electronically to http://apply.interfolio.com/141188 the following : A cover letter, comprehensive vita or resume, and names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of 3 recent professional references. No paper applications, faxes or emails will be accepted.

The applicant’s last name should appear in each uploaded file name. Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair at: Alexander.Soto@asu.edu. Application deadline is April 5, 2024. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until position is filled.

Other Information: Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States. For more information regarding ASU, visit our website: www.asu.edu. For more information about the Phoenix metropolitan area, please visit www.visitarizona.com.