Technical Services and Archives Librarian

at Western Colorado University (view profile)
Published August 11, 2022
Location 1 Western Way, Gunnison, Colorado
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Education Requirements Library Science MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $53,000
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency $56,000
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Technical Services and Archives Librarian

Western Colorado University invites applications for a collaborative, technology-savvy, and highly motivated Technical Services and Archives Librarian. Reporting to the Director of Library Services, the successful candidate provides vision and direction for the Library’s technical services operations, including the University’s archives and special collections. The Technical Services and Archives Librarian performs and/or oversees all related duties, such as cataloging, metadata, processing, and collection development/management.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Perform original cataloging of library materials, in any format: create MARC records and update OCLC records to add to the Library’s online catalog.
  • Develop policies and procedures for copy cataloging, materials processing, and other technical services operations.
  • Perform and/or oversee copy cataloging of library materials for all formats. Collaborate with librarians, faculty, and information technology staff to establish standards and procedures for storing, preserving, and accessing electronic records.
  • Manage the University's archives and special collections; respond to research requests that may use the University's archives and special collections.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of trends in archival and records management, and other related best practices in academic libraries.
  • Serve as library liaison to Marmot Library Network; establish policies and procedures for maintaining the library's catalog, in consultation with library staff.
  • Provide reference service and research assistance to students and faculty through in-person consultations, online chat, phone, video-conferencing, and email.
  • Serve on University committees and participate in professional development activities.

Commitment to Diversity: The successful candidate will demonstrate commitment to and support for diversity, equity, and inclusivity, as well as participate in creating a collaborative, open, respectful, and positive work environment and welcoming space for students.

 Minimum Qualifications

  Education: Master’s degree in Library Science MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution.


  • Knowledge of current library and archives methods, procedures, and techniques, including preservation trends and applications.
  • Professional experience in archives, special collections, or related research organizations, preferably in an academic setting.
  • Working knowledge and proficiency with the MARC21 format, RDA, AACR2, LCSH, and LC classification.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a service-oriented, collaborative, collegial, team-based environment; ability to work independently.
  • Strong planning, creative problem solving, and analytical skills.
  • Experience working with students.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with loading MARC records in batch, using tools like MarcEdit.
  • Knowledge of records management best practices and records retention schedules.
  • Experience training, mentoring, and supervising volunteers, interns, and/or student employees.

Compensation: $53,000-$56,000, depending on knowledge and experience. Position is eligible for an excellent benefits package including health and dental insurance plans with low co-pays and low out-of-pocket maximums, generous paid time off, a shared contribution retirement plan following one year of employment, and tuition benefits.

Application Procedure:  Apply online at Required attachments for the online application include a letter of application addressed to Tiffanie Wick, Interim Director of Library Services, resume, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three (3) professional references.

Official transcripts will be required upon hire.

Contact the search committee chair with position-specific questions:

Review of applications begins immediately and continues until a successful candidate has been hired.

Western is a residential, public university with an enrollment of 3000 students who come from across Colorado and all fifty states. Faculty members share a strong commitment to personalized education with the liberal arts as its core. They are student-oriented, collegial, energetic, and engaged in the campus and community. The curriculum provides flexibility where experiential learning and interdisciplinary approaches are valued. Western supports diversity, equity, and inclusivity of all types including the ability (physical, mental), social class, racial/ethnic, linguistic, religion, sexual orientation, age, experience, gender, and cultural. Please see our diversity statement and our DEII Committee charge. The University is located in Gunnison, Colorado, a rural community 200 miles southwest of Denver. At an elevation of 7,700 feet in the southern Rocky Mountains, the Gunnison Valley provides exceptional year-round outdoor recreational opportunities. Professionals have chosen Western because of the quality of life combined with rewarding careers. Visit to learn more about the university.

Western Colorado University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus.