Visual and Digital Materials Archivist, Atlanta

Visual and Digital Materials Archivist

Georgia Institute of Technology Library and Information Center


The primary purpose of this position is to collect and preserve architectural drawings and to foster a relationship with the College of Architecture. The secondary purpose is to collect and preserve photographs and digital materials. Reporting to the Head, Archives and Records Management Department, the visual and digital materials archivist at Georgia Tech is responsible for identifying and collecting visual (architectural drawings and photographs) and digital visual materials. Arrange and describe visual (architectural drawings and photographs) and digital materials. Create finding aids and other descriptions in appropriate mark up text and post them to the website. Manage digital visual materials (architectural drawings and photographs) stored in the Archives’ dark archive. Provide reference service on the Archives Department reference desk. Develop processing plan in coordination with other departmental archivists to determine appropriate levels of description and analysis. Maintain accurate and timely information on copyright pertaining to the use of visual materials. Provide and supervise production of images for patron use.


Required: ALA-accredited master’s degree in library and information science, master’s degree in archival administration, or equivalent advanced degree. Minimum three years of archival experience with visual material (photographs and/or architectural drawings) processes. Requires working knowledge of Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and Dublin Core, Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT), as well as other related archival descriptive standards; knowledge of the preservation needs of archival collections; experience providing reference assistance. Understanding of issues related to digital archival materials such as digital conversion and intellectual property issues. Also requires ability to communicate effectively, orally, and in writing; excellent organizational skills, accuracy attention to detail; ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment; supervisor skills; and demonstrated interest in professional activities. Must be able to lift 40 pound boxes.

Preferred: MLIS or equivalent degree with architecture-related experience. Knowledge of preservation needs of architectural drawings and numerous copying processes.

Salary and Benefits:

Appointments will be made at the Archivist I (entry-level) or Archivist II level. Appointment level and salary are based on qualifications and experience. Minimum salary for Archivist I is $42,000. Archivists are members of the General Faculty and are non-tenured. The benefits package includes 21 days vacation, 12 paid holidays, 12 days sick leave, health/dental insurance options, and retirement options including TIAA/CREF. Relocation Allowance supported by the Price Gilbert, Jr. Charitable Fund. Visit the Georgia Tech Human Resources page to view the benefits package.


As an ARL library supporting an institution with nearly 5,000 graduate students and over $300 million per year in research activity, Georgia Tech provides an environment that will challenge and engage creative leaders on the frontier of new ways to capture and manage intellectual content. Through its dynamic team of librarians and technologists, the Library’s Technology and Resource Services Division provides the operations needed to maintain the information resources required to support an exceptionally energetic academic enterprise.

The Library and Information Center, a member of the Association of Research Libraries, is central to the Institute’s instructional and research programs. The Georgia Institute of Technology, with nearly 20,000 faculty, students, and staff is one of the nation’s outstanding universities, with nationally recognized programs in science and engineering. The Library is a leader in library automation, participates in the statewide consortium, Galileo, and provides access to an ever-increasing number of databases, electronic books and electronic journals.

Application Process:

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidates are urged to apply as soon as possible to receive full consideration. Employment is contingent on proof of the legal right to work in the United States. Send letter of application, resume, and names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of 5 references to:

Sharon Baines, SPHR HR Officer Library and Information Center Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA 30332-0900