Western Illinois University announces Post-MLS Graduate Assistantship

Western Illinois University (WIU) Libraries announce an exciting paid Post-MLS graduate assistantship opportunity for a librarian-archivist interested in Archives and Special Collections. Applicants must possess an ALA-accredited MLS degree or History Master’s degree in Archival Studies. The graduate assistant will work 20 hours each week in the Archives. Specific duties will depend upon candidate interest and departmental need but could include processing, cataloging, records management, and reference. At the same time the graduate assistant will pursue a second master’s degree with a complete tuition waiver (in and out of state tuition paid). This is an excellent opportunity for a librarian-archivist to gain experience working in an academic archive while earning a second master’s degree that is often required for tenure-track or other academic library-archives positions. WIU is a comprehensive university with strong graduate programs in history, political science, geography, English, museum studies, education, instructional design, and other areas.

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The start date for this position is fall semester, 2018. The position is scheduled to last through spring semester, 2020. The monthly stipend is $943.00. Email inquiries are welcome to: To apply, email a resume, a cover letter addressing your archives experience and your ultimate career goals, plus contact information, including email, for three professional references, to:

Ann Patridge
WIU Libraries
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
(309) 298-2718

Applications will be reviewed beginning March 1, 2018. Applications received by April 10 will receive priority consideration.

Please note: Acceptance into a WIU graduate program of study is required before any offer of employment can be made.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities. Western Illinois University has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, or veteran status.