Job Opportunity–Salt Lake City, Utah

June 15, 2021

The J. Willard Marriott Library seeks to recruit a group of archivists to support the development and promotion of manuscript and multimedia archives within the University of Utah’s Special Collections. The Library anticipates hiring four staff positions simultaneously, which will provide collection oversight and reference support for students, faculty, and community patrons. Working closely as a cohort and in conjunction with our senior archivists, department heads, and faculty within the division, the archivists will help to set the direction for collection development, access, and outreach priorities for the immediate and ongoing future. The Marriott Library’s Manuscripts and Photographs Departments are major repositories of the records of individuals, groups, and businesses across the city, state, and intermountain West. The archivists will be vital contributors to the effort to identify, preserve, and provide access to the voices and histories of a diverse range of communities and individuals in the region.

This position requires familiarity with primary research materials and with methods for providing digital and in-person access. The Archivists will play a primary role in the acquisition, organization, and preservation of records, documents, photographs, and other cultural media. The position will provide reference support for students, faculty, and community patrons of Special Collections by communicating with researchers, arranging appointments for in-person examination of documents, and preparing requested materials. The Archivists will direct reproduction requests by overseeing part-time employees in the processing and digitizing of collections and the upload of content for digital preservation and access, as well as guiding workflows and ensuring quality control.

In addition to connecting scholars with documents and artifacts, the Archivists will assist in the Division’s internal processing of donations. The Archivists will provide support for the Division’s oversight and processing of archival materials, and will be expected to assume other responsibilities based on immediate needs and expressed priorities. We request that the applicant articulate any background, training, and interest in working with archival collections in particular media (e.g., manuscripts, photographs, film, recorded sound) in their cover letter.

The duties, qualifications, and preferences listed in this posting are intended to give applicants an understanding of the role we are seeking to fill and the types of skills, experience, and education that may have prepared someone to be effective in this role. We do not expect any candidate to be a perfect match for this list or to perform all of the duties with equal proficiency on day one. In your resume and cover letter, please highlight the most relevant qualifications you would bring to this position based on the posting, and tell us how your background, perspective, and experience will help us fulfill our mission and meet our goals.

For more information about the positions, including required qualifications, salary, and application process, please visit the University of Utah job site at https://employment.utah.edu/salt-lake-city-ut/archivist/4BC76663D4C34E1094526CBBEE684981/job/.


Job Opportunity–Salt Lake City, Utah

May 12, 2021

The Department of Cultural and Community Engagement (CCE) is searching for a Digital Content Specialist to aid in the digital storytelling of CCE endeavors and digital collection development in preparation for a physical collection move and the building of a new Museum of Utah slated to open in 2023. This position is for 2-3 years with the possibility of extension. Work can be a combination of in-person work and telework subject to a telework agreement with the department. 

Principal Duties
As the Digital Content Specialist you will typically:

  • Be responsible for ongoing digital content production and digital storytelling, including working with the collections team on establishing priorities for collections digitization, digitization project management and digital online presence.
  • Be responsible for maintaining a continuous and agile content production process, establishing workflows to optimize efficiency, refining metadata, optimizing usability and conducting quality assurance. 
  • Work on a variety of content areas, that may include exhibitions, collections, behind the scenes activities and public outreach. 
  • Ensure content across digital platforms is up to date and aligns with online content strategy as part of the CCE’s mission and the building of the museum. 
  • Conduct research, media asset gathering and selection, writing and editing, interpretation and adaptation of existing content, coordination of review and publishing schedules and distribution of final products.
  • Perform content management tasks including organizing, tagging and application of metadata.
  • Conduct ongoing tracking and reporting of content-related key performance indicators and analytics, monitoring and moderation of publicly generated content, and regular content review, maintenance and quality assurance.

For more information about the position, including salary, qualifications, and to apply, please visit the Utah government jobs portal at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/utah/jobs/3075373/digital-content-specialist


Society of Southwest Archivists virtual meeting

April 12, 2021

Registration is now open for the 2021 Society of Southwest Archivists Annual Meeting, Going With the Flow, being held virtually May 17-21, 2021.

Early bird registration is available until April 16 (you must register to receive access to the virtual event platform.)

More details about the conference are available on the conference website, with descriptions of the program, virtual tours, and information about the host city, Baton Rouge!


Job Opportunity–Los Alamos, New Mexico

April 2, 2021

The National Security Research Center (NSRC) at Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking an early-career Archivist who can help us provide reference services and/or process our materials. The position is responsible for the following responsibilities:

  • Provide reference services via phone, email, and face-to-face AND/OR assist with properly arranging and describing our collections.
  • Take part in ongoing professional development and archival certification.
  • Contribute to the success of the NSRC by performing all other duties as assigned.

For more information about the position, salary, and to apply, please visit the Los Alamos National Laboratory website at https://lanl.jobs/los-alamos-nm/archivist-library-professional-1/DB849BDD79B34638BFA1D32C961AFA40/job/


2021 CIMA Annual Business Meeting

March 27, 2021

We have an exciting two days planned with presentations, a poster session, vendors, a virtual transcription competition courtesy of From the Page (great for those wanting to play around with the software, or just can’t get enough of transcribing, or, are highly competitive!), and our Annual Business Meeting during which we will provide updates on CIMA’s 501(c)(6) status, present awards, and announce our newly elected Council members, and scholarship recipients. The itinerary is listed below.


In the meantime…Registration for the 2021 Annual Business Meeting and Conference is now open! We will be sending out a Zoom link for those who register for the Meeting, just prior to the event.


There is still time to register for the all-day SAA workshop, Introduction to PREMIS, being offered on Wednesday, April 28. The cut-off date for the workshop registration is Friday, April 9th. We need at least 15 people registered, otherwise we will have to cancel. Due to COVID, the day-long SAA workshops currently count as in-person workshops, so take advantage of saving on traveling expenses while you can!


We look forward to seeing you.


2021 CIMA Program Committee,
Ellen M. Ryan, Program Committee Chair, Idaho State University
Kimberly Anderson, University of Nevada, Reno
Jennifer Barkdull, Church History Library
Ryan Lee, Brigham Young University
Molly Rose Steed, University of Utah