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Assistant Archivist, Instruction & Reference, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

The American Heritage Center of the University of Wyoming is seeking an Instruction & Reference Archivist who is a creative, dynamic, articulate, and out-going professional interested and skilled in primary sources engagement, instruction, and reference services.

Professional Practice:

Supports the academic mission of the University of Wyoming. The Assistant Archivist serves as the archive's primary contact for instructional support/information literacy instruction for the Reference Service unit. Develops course content, activities, and assessments, and works collaboratively with other archivists to teach research and information literacy skills to students to support UW's general education curriculum. Works with teaching faculty to promote primary source literacy, and develop services and strategies to actively engage students; provides tours. Also performs reference service for the American Heritage Center including responding to research and information requests, and working at least one half-day shift per week on the reading room desk.

The successful candidate will have the ability to work well under pressure, work well in a team-environment; demonstrate self-confidence, and professional creativity. As a faculty archivist, the candidate will be engaged in collection development, donor relations, public programs, research and/or creative activity, University and professional service. The candidate may supervise part-time workers, and assist in other duties as assigned. The position reports to the Manager Reference Services


Archivists at UW have faculty status with extended term appointments possible after five years. Faculty duties include scholarly research and writing, as well as active participation in professional organizations by service on committees and presentations at conferences.

The University of Wyoming invites diverse applicants to consider our employment opportunities. We are also especially interested in candidates who have experience working with diverse populations and/or diverse initiatives.

Minimum Qualifications

  • MA, MLS/MLIS, or equivalent.
  • Experience teaching in an archival/special collections setting.
  • Demonstrated understanding of instruction with primary sources.
  • Experience working with historical materials, archives/library practices.
  • Experience engaging communities through archival collections.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, problem solving, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of archival principles and practices.
  • Demonstrated capacity for (or evidence of) service and scholarship consistent with the requirements of archivists at the AHC.


Desired Qualifications

  • Experience providing classroom teaching/information literacy in an archival setting, providing tours, and providing archives reference services in an public repository setting.
  • Demonstrated work with historical/archival collections, evidence of professional leadership.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the archival profession evinced by active participation in regional and national organizations, presentation of papers and submission of articles, and continuing education.

Required Materials

Complete on-line application and upload the following as one document: cover letter, resume and contact information for four (4) work-related references, two (2) of which should be current or previous supervisors.

Hiring Statement

The University of Wyoming is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law and University policy. To review the EEO is the Law Poster and itsSupplement, please see The Diversity & Fairness page.

Pursuant to Wyoming State law, W.S. 19-14-102, as amended, an honorably discharged veteran who has been a resident of the state of Wyoming for one (1) year or more at any time prior to the date when the veteran applies for employment, or any surviving spouse who was married to such veteran at the time of the veteran's death, who is receiving federal survivor benefits based on the veteran's military service and is applying for employment, shall receive an interview preference during the applicant screening process with the University of Wyoming. At the time of application the applicant must possess the business capacity, competency, education or other qualifications required for the position. If disabilities do not materially interfere with performance of job duties, disabled veterans will be given preference over able-bodied veterans. Appropriate documentation of veteran status must be provided at time of application as outlined in the application process. No preference will be given to a veteran currently employed by a public department.

We conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of the background check.

Applicants with disabilities may request accommodation to complete the application and selection process. Please notify Human Resources at least three (3) working days prior to the date of need.

The University of Wyoming is located in Laramie, a town of 30,000 in the heart of the Rocky Mountain West. The state of Wyoming continues to invest in its university, helping to make it a leader in academics, research and outreach. The university has state-of-the-art facilities in many areas and the community provides the advantages of a major university.

Located in a high mountain valley near the Colorado border, Laramie offers both outstanding recreational opportunities and close proximity to Colorado's Front Range, a bustling group of metropolitan cities including Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins. This beautiful mountain landscape offers outdoor enjoyment in all seasons, with over 300 days of sunshine annually. For more information about the region, please visit

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