Archives Assistant – Central Library

City & County of Denver | Denver, CO

About Job

The Denver Public Library (DPL) is a large urban library system that serves the City & County of Denver. DPL sees more than 4 million visitors every year across its 27 locations, serves Denver’s most vulnerable communities through outreach and mobile services, hosts thousands of programs a year and manages a collection of more than 1.4 million physical and digital materials. We believe a strong library is vital for a strong community. DPL is committed to serving the evolving needs of Denverites through inspired programming, diverse collections, culturally-representative spaces and equitable policies & procedures.

This is an exciting opportunity to work in the Special Collections and Digital Archives (SCDA), at the Western History and Genealogy department in the Denver Public Library . The SCDA unit comprises two archival repositories: Western History and Genealogy at the Central Library, and the African American Research Library at Blair-Caldwell Library. If you love archival and special collections, have a passion for regional and local history, and love working to build and care for historical collections, this position may be for you! The Department’s public area encompasses the entire fifth floor of Denver’s Central Library. Our Western History, Conservation, Genealogy and 10th Mountain Division collections are nationally renowned.

In this 40 hour/week position you will improve customer experiences by providing behind-the-scenes support for the library’s growing collection of 5,000+ archival collections. You will work with and shape archival collections by accessioning (recording and describing material to officially transfer newly acquired collections to the library) papers, photographs, and born digital collections. You’ll gain expertise organizing and searching for records in our institutional archives. You’ll help with administrative tasks to better care for our special collections including accession filing, maintaining registrar lists and keeping track of archival supplies to support current and upcoming projects. You will supervise and support volunteers who are assisting with rehousing and accessioning tasks. You will work with a diverse team of Archivist/Librarians and project Apprentices on collection processing projects and help with moving and transporting new acquisitions and helping to manage locations and storage of incoming collections.

This position is an excellent opportunity for someone considering library or archives work as a career, or for someone in the early stages of obtaining higher education in the library or archives fields. This position will enable you to practice: arrangement and description of collections; best practices for housing, storage and preservation; considering end-user needs in preparing collections for researchers; employing an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion lens in the work we do to collect and make available archival collections for users now and in the future.

You share passion for the Denver Public Library and welcoming all customers, while also honoring the public’s trust in our work caring for collections and making them accessible to the community.You encourage curiosity by sharing library resources, spaces, and help the library strengthen connections and partnerships with customers internally and externally.

About You

  • A passion for archives and special collections work in a public library setting
  • Knowledge about or interest in United States and Western history
  • Skill at managing multiple projects at once
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Finds following workflows satisfying and thrives on attention to detail
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Experience and knowledge using archival content management systems
  • Ability to use workplace technology effectively including email, calendar, internet, video conferencing, searching databases, creating spreadsheets
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Skill in teaching and assisting volunteers with technology and new processes
  • Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative, innovation and flexibility, including proposing process improvements
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, positive attitude, cultural sensitivity and a sense of humor in working with customers, coworkers and community members

We know your time is valuable. Applicants who meet the following minimum requirements will be considered:

  • High School diploma or possession of GED, HiSET or TASC Certificate. Applicants pursuing or holding a BA/BS degree are also encouraged to apply.
  • Three (3) years of work experience in a customer service driven, detail oriented environment
  • Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirement.

Other Things to Know:

Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in this position.

Please submit a resume outlining your work experience and educational background.

All city employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All persons offered a position will be required to provide proof of vaccination prior to starting employment.

This position is located at the Central Library in downtown Denver. Please note that there are no free parking options surrounding our building, but it is easily accessible by public transportation.

Position Salary Range

$20.47 – $30.71

Starting Pay

$20.47 to $23.03 per hour