Special Collections Librarian (Audio Visual) and Assistant Professor


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Library (10000816)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

Note for Current UM Employees

Current employees must apply internally via connectU > connectu.olemiss.edu

Position Description

Job Description: 

The Department of Archives and Special Collections in the University of Mississippi Libraries seeks applicants for the position of Special Collections Librarian (Audio Visual).  The position is a twelve-month, tenure track, assistant professorship and offers an opportunity to work independently and collaboratively with an extensive collection of world class archival photographic, audio, and moving image materials specializing in Mississippi and the American South. 


Job Responsibilities:  

  • Reports to the Head of Special Collections, primary responsibilities include accessioning, arranging, describing, and creating finding aids for photographs, reel-to-reel tapes, audio cassettes, video tapes, born digital formats, and other audio and visual formats; developing and implementing policies and procedures; identifying and addressing preservation issues; and prioritization and supervision of the digitization of archival audio and visual materials. 
  • This librarian will negotiate licensing and duplication requests of various media formats within Special Collections, as well as maintaining and creating policies in accordance with best practice, copyright, license, and donor agreements.  
  • This librarian will actively participate in providing reference and research support, instruction, outreach activities, exhibition installation, and other curatorial functions in Special Collections as needed. 
  • This position also requires working closely with existing and potential collection donors of archival audio and visual materials. 
  • The incumbent will understand the value of diversity, inclusion, and accessibility, particularly as they pertain to the appraisal and description of information resources and will fill gaps in the collection by seeking materials related to individuals and groups who are underrepresented in the audio/visual collections. 
  • This position supports and promotes access through digitization and facilitates outreach to scholars, media creators, and cultural institutions. 
  • This librarian must meet departmental and university tenure and promotion standards for fulfillment of professional responsibilities, scholarship and service. 


Salary: $55,000/year and includes the university’s competitive benefits package

Position Details

Appointment: 12 Month

Assignment Type: Tenure Track 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Masters of Library and/or Information Science from an ALA accredited program or a Certified Archivist (Academy of Certified Archivists) holding a master’s degree in a related field
  • Experience with archival materials including: photographic, audio, digital, moving image materials 
  • Experience with image, video, and audio editing and processing software
  • Ability to perform activities associated with archival environments 
  • Demonstrated effective oral and written communication abilities as well as interpersonal skills 


Interview Requirements: Any candidate who is called for an interview must notify the Department of Equal Opportunity/Regulatory Compliance in writing of any reasonable accommodation needed prior to the date of the interview.

Application Procedures

A review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled or an adequate applicant pool is established. Qualified applicants must apply online at careers.olemiss.edu and must include a cover letter highlighting the applicant’s strengths, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references. Applications are only accepted online; no paper copies are accepted. Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check and verification of credentials.

About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.


Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.


Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.


EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Nearest Major Market: Oxford Mississippi