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Special Collections & Archives GIS Assistant

Utah State University

Logan,  Utah

The Merrill-Cazier Library seeks an hourly staff person to help coordinate activities related to the management and description of geospatial (maps) collections in government documents and special collections. This position will help develop solutions using GIS and mapping technology to enhance collection accessibility; assess campus GIS needs and what role the library might play; and assist Government Information Librarian in collection assessment and development for materials related to the environment. This position will be housed in Government Information and reports to the Unit Head of Special Collections.

Job Responsibilities:

Gov Info (40%, 8 hours)
1. Provide consultation services out of the Government Information service point.
2. Facilitate map printing.
3. Provide training to library staff regarding map resources.
4. In coordination with the Government Information Librarian, appraise and describe existing cartographic material.
5. Assess environmental holdings e.g. (existing environmental impact statements).

SCA (40%, 8 hours)
1. Working with liaison librarians who have departments using geospatial information, develop forward facing materials promoting our existing map collections and services (e.g. LibGuides).
2. In conjunction with Special Collections curators, develop mapping solutions to existing collections such as: Remembering Main Street; Highway 89; Built Environment; Design Workshop, etc. Update and enhance exhibitions with maps.
3. In conjunction with number 5 above, appraise, organize, describe, assess for possible digitization, and develop forward facing materials for SCA map collections.
4. Assist University Archivist with verifying the completeness and correctness of his collection inventories.

Digital (20%, 4 hours)
1. Assess campus GIS services as they relate to digital scholarship.
2. Talk to campus stakeholders about what their unmet GIS needs might be.
3. Help understand what the scope of any Library GIS program should be and what opportunities might be relevant to our existing services.


  • Experience with GIS
  • Advanced degree in history or other appropriate field
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively, as well as independently


  • Advanced GIS experience
  • Knowledge of government information sources
  • Experience in academic library special collections environment

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