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Community Archives Specialist, USC Libraries, Los Angeles, CA

Community Archives Specialist, University of Southern California (USC) Libraries

Library IT

Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California (USC) Libraries are seeking an innovative, experienced, and creative Community Archives Specialist to join the USC Libraries as the Community Archives Specialist for a one-year grant funded contract position. The Community Archives Specialist will conduct community outreach to the region's cultural heritage stewards and members of the Los Angeles as Subject research alliance. The successful candidate will assist in the design of a survey tool, assist in its implementation,and conduct community outreach. The Specialist will also serve as the liaison between the LA as Subject community and USC Libraries IT department to develop a new online platform.


The University of Southern California is one of the world's leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, USC has a large number of international students and offers extensive opportunities for internships and study abroad. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge. For more information, visit


  • Assists in the design of study protocols. Recommends methods and procedures for data acquisition, management and quality control. Recommends statistical techniques for data analysis. Contributes to the writing of reports, research papers, articles and other documentation of study results
  • Assists in building and maintaining study samples. Disseminates information about the project. Screens participants by assessing eligibility for research protocols and potential for commitment to project. Develops and implements sample enhancement strategies. Monitors participant progression throughout study and conducts evaluation at end of study
  • Contributes to the documentation and update of study procedures. Coordinates design, revision, approval and production of research instruments and related materials such as consent forms
  • Writes status reports of study efforts and works with investigators on the writing of articles, research papers and other documentation of study results
  • Create assessment tools to capture LA as Subject members understanding of and level of interest in engaging with a new online platform
  • Travel to different archive collection sites across Los Angeles County and neighboring areas
  • Familiarity with content management systems and how their design and architecture affects the discoverability and accessibility of resources
  • Adeptness and flexibility in working with diverse communities
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.


The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.



USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for employees and their families with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions after six (6) months of employment; tuition benefits for employees and their families; access to professional development opportunities; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses, and tram pick up services at no charge to employees; discounts to a wide variety of cultural, sporting, and other campus events.


Minimum qualifications:

Minimum Education: Bachelor's Degree; combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education

Minimum Experience: 2 years

Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related education and experience to be able to advise on project procedures and analysis techniques

Desirable qualifications:

Preferred Education: Master's Degree

Preferred Experience: 3 years or an equivalent community archive experience. Adeptness and flexibility in working with diverse communities.


Application Procedure

As part of the application, candidates must upload one document file (Word or PDF) that contains the following:

  1. a cover letter,
  2. Resume (including telephone and e-mail address).


USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed and background. The university particularly encourages members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship.

Further information is available by contacting

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree
Minimum Experience: 2 years
Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related education and experience to be able to advise on project procedures and analysis techniques

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