Coal and Coke Heritage Center Archivist – Penn State University Libraries, Fayette Campus – Uniontown, PA

Coal and Coke Heritage Center Archivist
Special Collections, Fayette Campus

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seek applications and nominations for the position of Coal and Coke Heritage Center Archivist. Under the direction of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at University Park, the person appointed to this two year, fixed term faculty position will arrange, describe, manage, and make accessible the collections held by the Coal and Coke Heritage Center on the Eberly Campus in Lemont Furnace, PA.

Started in 1977 as the Patchwork Voices project by Penn State Fayette faculty, the Coal and Coke Heritage Center has been involved with the ongoing preservation, research, teaching, and community outreach activities focuses on the coal/coke industries of southwestern Pennsylvania. In addition to creating over 1,000 oral history interviews, the CCHC has collected over 128 linear feet of archival records and more than 1,500 maps, photographs, and drawings.

Provides reference service, instruction, and outreach to faculty, students, the community, and other researchers for CCHC collections.
Works in cooperation with Fayette Campus Library staff, and the UP Special Collections Library to develop an ongoing collections management plan for the Center.
Accessions, arranges, describes, and creates finding aids for all CCHC archival and manuscript collections in compliance with local and national processing standards as set by the UP Special Collections Library staff.
Works with the Special Collections Library staff to establish priorities and deadlines for processing projects.
Performs regular reporting of metrics for processing projects.
Supervises part-time staff, volunteers, and interns at the CCHC
Completes other special projects as assigned/directed.
Participates in local, regional, or national professional organizations; enrich professional expertise by attending conferences and continuing education opportunities.

MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited program (or equivalent), or a Masters in Information Science, Archival Science, or related field.
Experience providing research services for archival collections.
Experience with arrangement and description of archival and manuscript collections.
Working knowledge of archival and descriptive standards, including DACS, EAD, MARC, LCSH, and Dublin Core.
Knowledge of basic preservation standards for archival and manuscript collections.
Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.
Excellent technical skills, including experience with Microsoft Office, cataloging systems, and EAD authoring tools.
Ability to work effectively, both independently and collaboratively, in a collegial environment.

Project management experience
Experience using the ArchivesSpace
Knowledge of XSLT and EAD stylesheet authoring
Experience with oral history and industry-related archival collections
Familiarity with Southwestern Pennsylvania history and the Connellsville Coke Region

Penn State, a land-grant institution, is a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), a consortium of the Big Ten universities plus the University of Chicago. Based on current Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, The Pennsylvania State University Libraries are ranked among the top ten research libraries in North America. A student survey completed in 2014 found overall student satisfaction with the University Libraries to be at the top of its category. The University Libraries hold membership in ARL, CRL, CLIR, and DLF. Collections exceed 5.8 million volumes and include more than 102,000 current serial subscriptions. The University Libraries are located at University Park and 22 other locations throughout Pennsylvania, and they serve approximately 6,000 faculty and 44,000 students at University Park, and more than 92,000 students system-wide.

Penn State Fayette is a commuter campus with approximately 1100 students; about 35 percent of which are adult students. The campus offers 4 bachelor’s degrees, 9 associate degrees, and the first 2 years of over 160 Penn State undergraduate degree programs. Penn State Fayette is located just outside Uniontown, Pennsylvania which is about 1 hour south of Pittsburgh and 30 minutes from Morgantown, West Virginia. For more information, please visit

Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits include liberal vacation, excellent insurance and health care coverage, state or TIAA/CREF retirement options, and educational privileges. In addition, faculty in the University Libraries are afforded funds for professional development travel annually. Faculty may be asked to travel as official representatives of the Libraries to certain events and those trips are reimbursed at full cost within limits established by the University.

Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted online at Interested candidates should upload a letter of application, resume or C.V., and the names and contact information of three professional references (including email addresses). Review of applications will begin September 16, 2015 and continue until position is filled. Questions may be addressed to Lindsey Harter, Faculty Search Coordinator, at