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Digital Archivist Faculty, Instructor: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR

4 Feb 2021 10:10 AM | Amanda Sexton (Administrator)

Digital Archivist Faculty, Instructor

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Library seeks applicants for the temporary (three years) faculty position of Digital Archivist to manage the Historical Research Center’s recently-created “Women of Color in Medicine” initiative, as well as other digital and oral history projects. The successful candidate will have experience in digitizing and working with various types of archival materials. Initially, this position will focus on providing physical and electronic access to the archival collections of former U.S. Surgeon General M. Joycelyn Elders, M.D. and Edith Irby Jones, M.D., the first African-American admitted to a Southern, white, public medical school, in addition to other complementary materials.


Founded in 1879, UAMS, located in Little Rock, is the primary academic health sciences center in Arkansas. The UAMS Library supports the education, clinical, research, and outreach activities of six colleges (Graduate School, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health), a comprehensive medical center, and several institutes of excellence. The UAMS Library serves the health information needs of the citizens in Pulaski County and provides support to the rest of the state through a nationally renowned network of Regional Center Libraries (formerly AHECs). This Library also serves as the only resource library in the state for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Faculty, staff, and students work and study in a stimulating and culturally diverse environment. Information on Arkansas' beautiful and vibrant capital city can be found at http://www.little

The Historical Research Center is the archival division of the UAMS Library and preserves the institutional record of UAMS as well as the history of medicine and the health sciences in Arkansas. Established in 1978, the HRC has an ever-expanding collection of over 500 linear feet of archival materials, including extensive documentation on Arkansas's public health, records of the Arkansas State Nurses Association and the Arkansas State Health Department, as well as the professional and personal papers of the aforementioned Dr. Elders and Dr. Jones, among others. The complementary History of Medicine book collection contains over 7,000 volumes related to all aspects of medicine and the health sciences.

Salary range is $47,000-$52,000, depending on experience. This is a three-year, non-tenure track, faculty appointment with a benefits package that includes 22 days of vacation, 11 holidays, and 12 days sick leave annually, and retirement plan options. The length of employment may be extended contingent on available funds.


  • Oversees the “Women of Color in Medicine” initiative, including the discovery, organization, digitization, and exhibition of archival materials
  • Participates in the promotion of the “Women of Color in Medicine” initiative and other digital exhibits through presentations, workshops, and publications
  • Creates and designs other digital exhibits
  • Collaborates in the development of metadata to support the discovery and management of digital archival content
  • Develops processes and procedures for digitization workflow
  • Trains other employees on the proper use of digitization equipment
  • Oversees the work of graduate students, interns, and volunteers
  • Creates finding aids and other accessibility tools
  • Conducts oral history interviews
  • Manages the Historical Research Center’s social media accounts
  • May perform other duties as assigned.


  • Master's degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program, or an advanced degree in U.S. history, public history, archival studies, Communications, or Journalism
  • Experience working in an archive, museum, or other historically­ oriented institution
  • Experience working in digital initiatives, such as the creation of digital exhibits using a content management system and the application of metadata standards, such as Dublin Core or METS
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in developing and documenting digitization policies and procedures
  • Experience in gathering, conducting, and processing oral histories
  • Experience working with audio and video editing software
  • Knowledge of the history of the health sciences in Arkansas

UAMS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by telephone at (501) 686-6432 and let us know the nature of your request. We will only respond to messages left that involve a request for a reasonable accommodation in the application process. We will accommodate the needs of any qualified candidate who requests a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Physical Requirements

Stand: Frequently

Sit: Frequently

Walk: Frequently

Bend, crawl, crouch, kneel, stoop, or reach overhead: Occasionally

Lift, push, pull, carry weight: 10 lbs or less

Use hands to touch, handle, or feel: Frequently

Talk: Frequently

Hear: Continuously

Taste or smell: Never

Read, concentrate, think analytically: Continuously

Physical Environment: Inside Office Environment

Noise Level: Quiet

Visual Requirements: Depth perception, Far visual acuity, Near visual acuity

Hazards: None

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