Reporting to the AUL Director of Special Collections Rare Books and Manuscripts with a dotted line to the Vice-Provost and Director of Libraries, the University Archivist creates policy for and oversees all operations (acquisition, retention, disposal, preservation, and access to records) of the University Archives and Records Center (UARC), outreach initiatives and a fundraising program. The University Archivist is responsible for the University of Pennsylvania’s institutional archives program to collect, preserve and make accessible materials of historical value. The University Archivist is the chief administrator for the Archives that serves scholars interested in the history of the University, institutions of higher learning in the United States, American intellectual life, and the Philadelphia community in which the University lives. In addition to the University’s administrative records, the University Archivist is the senior curator of the University’s program to collect the personal and professional papers, both print and born digital of University officers, faculty, students, alumni, and benefactors and the papers of individuals and organizations where the subject matter of the collection is particularly relevant to University history. As the information ecosystem evolves and the realm of archives and collecting shifts, the University Archivist will also be responsible for identifying new avenues and technologies for storing records of significance that include in addition to born digital materials, collections in other mediums, audiovisual collections, computer emulation, mapping the systems ecosystem and utilizes open-source technologies when/where available. The University Archivist plays a prominent role in Penn Libraries leadership while working to integrate the work of UARC in that of Penn Libraries and building partnerships with stakeholders across Penn’s campus, while actively contributing to the Society of American Archivists and contributing to the local, national and global archival community.

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