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Walter P. Reuther Library
Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs

Archivist for the Service Employees International Union
Position Announcement

Wayne State University seeks a knowledgeable, innovative, service-oriented
individual for the position of SEIU Archivist at the Walter P. Reuther Library,
Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs. Located in the heart of Detroit’s Midtown
Cultural Center, Wayne State University is a Carnegie I research university that
enrolls more than 32,000 students. The Reuther Library collects, preserves, and
provides access to historical records documenting the modern American labor
movement, the development of southeastern Michigan, and the history of Wayne
State University.

The Archives for the Service Employees International Union document the
evolution of the union from its origins in 1921 as the Building Service Employees
International Union to the present. During its history, this union has organized
service workers employed as janitors, healthcare workers, security guards,
public sector workers, office workers, elevator operators, window cleaners,
groundskeepers, doormen, and stadium employees, amongst others. The union
currently organizes 2.1 million members in these and numerous other service
industries. Records comprising the Reuther Library’s SEIU holdings include
those documenting the organization and a number of select affiliates.

Provides access to the institutional history of SEIU through the
organization and preservation of its records and the creation of finding
aids, inventories, databases, or other reference tools
Interacts with SEIU, including occasional travel to SEIU’s international and
affiliate headquarters regarding their records program and related projects
Appraises, retrieves and examines records regarding SEIU
Performs extensive outreach by curating and promoting SEIU exhibits,
disseminating information about the SEIU Archives and working on
publicity-related projects
Creates and manages digital content for the Reuther Library’s Web site
Participates actively in the shared decision-making for library planning,
resource management, and program and policy development
Manages reference requests from inside and outside of SEIU
Supervises students, volunteers, and interns assigned to work with the
SEIU Archives
Assists with records management and electronic records archiving

Actively participates in the archival profession through presentations,
publications, and/or membership in professional organizations
Performs other related duties as assigned

• ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library Information Science or an
advanced degree in a related disciplinary field with archival management
coursework and/or experience
• Knowledge of archival administration, including the selection, processing
and preservation of historical, valued and sensitive documents
• Clear understanding of issues related to digital records management and
electronic records archiving
• Demonstrated ability to work with a wide range of users, donors, and
• Excellent communication and organizational skills
• Ability to lift 40 lbs

• Ability to set digitization priorities and programs
• Familiarity with 20th century labor history
• ACA certification

Wayne State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. A
competitive benefits package is offered: 22 vacation days, tuition reimbursement,
medical insurance options, retirement plan, and Employment Security Status.
Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Job close date: Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found,
however those submitted before July 1, 2012 will receive priority

To apply: Please submit electronically a resume, letter of interest, and three
letters of recommendation for job posting #038669 at:


Job Classification:

Archivist I (subsidy-conditioned)
Walter P. Reuther Library
Provost’s Office

Source: Thanks to Louis J. for this one!

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