History of Science & Medicine Archivist

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh, PA, US
Pittsburgh, PA
30+ days ago

History of Science and Medicine Archivist

Archives & Special Collections

University Library System

University of Pittsburgh

The History of Science and Medicine Archivist within the Archives & Special Collections (A&SC) department will arrange and describe archival collections pertaining to scientific thought and achievement. Reporting to the University Archivist and Records Manager, the position will actively participate in the University Library System (ULS) undergraduate instruction activities and outreach to the University and its departments and units, as well as the greater Pittsburgh community.


  • Arrange and describe archival collections pertaining to scientific thought, medical innovations, technological advances, and scientific philosophy in accordance with A&SC processing guidelines and Describing Archives: A Content Standard .

  • Assist with the acquisition of archival and rare book collections within the outlined subject areas.

  • Perform dynamic and innovative outreach and engage the University and general research communities in an effort to highlight significant collections and historical anniversaries/events pertaining to science, scientific philosophy and medicine. May occur at in-person events, via social media accounts, or through exhibits.
  • Provide high-quality general and subject-specific reference and research support on-demand and promoting library services and collections by appointment, email, social media, or by other means during regularly scheduled hours.
  • Assist in developing and delivering effective library instruction sessions to University of Pittsburgh students as well as Pittsburgh's secondary teachers and students through partnerships with faculty and other on-campus organizations.
  • Participate in Archives & Special Collections instruction efforts to educate undergraduate students and other researchers in successfully engaging with primary sources, rare books, and manuscripts.
  • Work with the ULS liaison to the Departments of Philosophy and History of Philosophy of Science, resulting in the cultivation of relationships with departmental teaching and research faculty, graduate students, staff, and undergraduate students in order to incorporate the Archives & Special Collections' resources into their curricula and research.

Librarians at the University of Pittsburgh are members of the faculty and are expected to demonstrate continuous professional development in addition to performing their specific responsibilities. This expectation includes such activities as participating in and contributing to departmental, library and campus-wide committees or working groups as well as the profession at a regional, national, and/or international level, maintaining a broad awareness of current and emerging issues that affect their particular areas of expertise, participating in relevant publishing and presentation opportunities, and pursuing knowledge of professional trends and developments that can be applied to evolving research, services and collections. Approximately 10% of the librarian's time should be directed toward such activities and will be included as part of the annual evaluation.

Specifically, the incumbent in this position is expected to:

  • Keep abreast of and contribute as appropriate to current developments in the profession, especially as they relate to integrating primary source literacy into the curricula.
  • Contribute to the profession through publications, presentations, teaching, and other professional activities.
  • Seek out appropriate roles in professional associations, research, and/or publication on the regional, national and international level.
  • Participate actively in ULS and campus-wide working groups and committees, as appropriate.

Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS or equivalent advanced degree.
  • Bachelor's degree or demonstrated experience in natural sciences or philosophy of science.
  • Minimum of two years of prior employment in a library or archive institution.
  • Strong interpersonal and public communication skills.
  • Demonstrated teaching proficiency and presentation skills.
  • Proven experience in managing multiple projects and leading project teams .
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively within and outside of the library with diverse faculty, staff, library users, and community members.


  • Experience with ArchivesSpace software.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Teaching/instruction experience in an academic library setting.

The University of Pittsburgh Library System
The University of Pittsburgh's University Library System ( https://www.library.pitt.edu/ ) is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and contains over 7 million print and electronic books, journals, databases, archival materials and special collections. The University Library System (ULS) consists of 12 libraries and employs 65 faculty librarians and 96 staff. In addition to the ULS, the University of Pittsburgh includes libraries for the health sciences and law school.

The ULS stands at the center of intellectual life at the University of Pittsburgh, fostering connections and knowledge creation and dissemination that help faculty, students, and researchers from around the world to excel in research, scholarship, and creative expression. It supports and enhances faculty and student productivity through its extensive collections, innovative Open Access publishing, and user-centered focus.

The ULS remains focused on many areas of strategic priority, including research support, digital scholarship and creation, entrepreneurship, and innovation, and is continuously positioning our services to respond to and anticipate changes in research, teaching, and learning. We are also in the midst of a top-to-bottom renovation of Hillman Library, the central library of the University of Pittsburgh campus which saw nearly 1.7 million visitors in FY19. The reinvented Hillman ( https://library.pitt.edu/hillmanreinvention ) will be a light-filled home to spaces, from vibrant to serene, for digital making and exploration, showcasing unique collections, advancing the academic study, and fostering energetic, collaborative exchange.

This is an exciting time to join the Pitt library system and contribute to envisioning the library of the future.

The University of Pittsburgh
The University of Pittsburgh is one of the nation's oldest institutions of higher education. Pitt people defeated polio, unlocked the secrets of DNA, led the world in organ transplantation, and pioneered TV and heavier-than-air flight. Today, they're among the leaders in the race for a COVID-19 vaccine and research on Alzheimer's disease-among many other endeavors. Pitt students, alumni, and faculty members have won Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, Rhodes Scholarships, and NCAA championships, among many other honors. Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 63 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America. For more information, please see: https://www.pitt.edu/about

The City of Pittsburgh
The city of Pittsburgh is located in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the United States, Pittsburgh is recognized for its natural beauty and unique blend of cultural, educational, and technological resources. Additional information on the city of Pittsburgh can be found at: https://www.visitpittsburgh.com/

Salary: Commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package including one month vacation per year; excellent benefit plans; TIAA/ Vanguard; and tuition assistance.

The successful candidate will meet the criteria for appointment at the rank of Librarian I or II, and will be hired on an initial 3-year renewable contract. For further information, please see http://pi.tt/NESLibrarianApptReview . The successful candidate will also be expected to recognize, respect, and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds in all aspects of their work and take initiative in learning about issues relating to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Please apply through the University of Pittsburgh's Talent Center , requisition number #21002713 . In addition to creating a Talent Center account, please upload/attach a cover letter, CV, and three professional references with contact information. Any questions regarding the application process should be directed to Sharon McMasters ( sam989@pitt.edu ).

Visa sponsorship is not offered with this position.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; primary consideration will be given to those received by May 25, 2021 .

In addition to creating a Talent Center account, please upload/attach a cover letter, CV, and three professional references with contact information.

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