Public Policy Archivist

The Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio
Job Type: 
Full Time


The Ohio State University Libraries


Required qualifications:

  • An ALA-accredited master’s degree, a graduate degree with specialization in archives or a comparable graduate degree in one of the above fields from a non-U.S. university, reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the fields of archival studies, governmental archives, or public policy.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to activate archival materials for a diverse range of audiences, including students, faculty/researchers, and the general public, through oral presentations, publications, and exhibitions.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of concepts for arranging, describing, and providing access to born digital collections.
  • Ability to work in archival storage conditions where the stacks are 30 feet high and temperatures are approximately 62 degrees F; must be able to lift 40 lbs. and push a cart weighing up to 80 lbs.


Preferred qualifications:

  • 1-3 years’ experience working in an archival environment.
  • Evidence of ongoing/progressive scholarship in a field related to the position’s responsibilities.
  • Graduate degree in a field associated with American government, history, or public policy.
  • Demonstrated experience with the scholarly research process.
  • Experience with electronic records in an archival environment.


  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and creatively in a collaborative and complex environment.
  • Evidence of both professional initiative and flexibility.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collegially with diverse user constituencies.
  • Experience in developing and delivering innovative instruction and research support services.


About the Ohio Congressional Archives:

Prior to his retirement from the United States Senate in January 1999, John Glenn donated his papers and memorabilia to The Ohio State University in conjunction with the formation of the John Glenn Institute for Public Service and Public Policy. Senator Glenn’s donation established the John Glenn Archives, creating a foundation for collecting other congressional papers. In 2004, the Archives was renamed the Ohio Congressional Archives with a goal to preserve and make accessible unique material documenting the impact of Ohio members of the U.S. Congress.  Today, the Archives holds ten collections and continues to seek additional material and provide support to current members of Congress.  The Archives remains a collaborative effort of the Libraries and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.


Discover Ohio State:

For 147 years, The Ohio State University's campus in Columbus has been the stage for academic achievement and a laboratory for innovation. The university's main campus is one of America's largest and most comprehensive. As Ohio's best and one of the nation's top-20 public universities, Ohio State also includes a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center. As a land-grant university, Ohio State has a physical presence throughout the state, with campuses and research centers located around Ohio.


About The Ohio State University Libraries:

The Libraries promotes innovative research and creative expression, advances effective teaching, curates and preserves information essential for scholarship and learning at Ohio State, and shares knowledge and culture with the people of Ohio, the nation, and the world. Libraries faculty and staff live these values in all that we do: Discovery, Connection, Equity, Integrity, and Stewardship.  Learn about our strategic directions here


The Libraries’ greatest resource is our faculty and staff. Their expertise produces value beyond the collections and their commitment to continual improvement and innovation is one of the most significant ways the Libraries meets the diverse and evolving information needs of university students, faculty, staff, alongside scholars throughout Ohio and the world.


As a global leader, the Libraries is actively engaged in local, statewide, national, and international initiatives to help shape the future of academic research libraries. These activities and the innovations that result enhance our ability to acquire, manage, and preserve emerging information resources, support knowledge creation, and enable its effective transmission to future learners. Information about the Libraries is available at


The Libraries strives to provide welcoming, supportive environments for all to pursue and share knowledge. The Libraries is guided by our strategic priorities that facilitate, celebrate and honor diversity, inclusion, access and social justice. All positions are expected to contribute to building and advancing this environment, and we encourage candidates to apply who share these values.



The position is a full-time, permanent, 12-month tenure-track faculty appointment and reports to the University Archivist and Head of Archives. Salary and faculty rank are dependent on qualifications and experience.



The university offers competitive benefits in the form of 22 days’ vacation, 15 days’ sick leave, 10 holidays, hospitalization, major medical, surgical-medical, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance at 2.5 times one’s annual salary. State and alternative retirement choices are also available. For a summary of benefits, see:



The Ohio State University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Public Policy Archivist to join a dynamic, responsive, and high-impact archival program, which strongly supports teaching and research at the university. The Public Policy Archivist leads engagement and teaching efforts with archival collections in public policy to advance discovery and learning. The Public Policy Archivist is responsible for promoting archival holdings through outreach, instruction, collection development, research and reference services, and cultivating partnerships that connect the Libraries’ expertise, resources, and services with the varying needs of a diverse constituency. The Public Policy Archivist will work collaboratively with the Librarian for History, Public Affairs, and Philosophy to provide liaison support to the faculty and students of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. The Public Policy Archivist is a crucial partner in the development and provision of teaching and research programs in public policy, governmental affairs, and related subjects. Working with the university’s Office of Government Affairs, the Public Policy Archivist will advise members of the Ohio delegation to the U.S. Congress on access and preservation of their records.


The Archives at the Libraries is home to the Ohio Congressional Archives (OCA), founded with the acquisition of the papers of Senator John Glenn. Faculty, students, and an international community regularly utilize the OCA collections to create new knowledge and for education and scholarship.



  • Actively engages and communicates effectively with faculty, students, and staff, developing strong working relationships and serving as an authoritative resource for those seeking teaching and research support with archival collections dealing with the United States Congress and public policy at the state and national level.
  • Provides research and teaching support to faculty and students of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, in collaboration with the Librarian for History, Public Affairs, and Philosophy.
  • Supports and engages in fundraising, grant writing, marketing, and outreach that strengthen the Archives’ programs, in partnership with the Libraries’ Development Officer, the university’s Office of Advancement, and the Glenn College.
  • Works closely with the university’s Office of Government Affairs in Columbus and Washington, DC to advise members of the U.S. Congress and other elected officials on access and preservation of their records in multiple formats.
  • Seeks opportunities to collaborate with other academic departments to create meaningful and impactful strategies that incorporate archival holdings related to public policy into the university’s teaching and research programs.
  • Serves as subject expert to external scholars and advances connections to museums, archives, and public history institutions.




  • Advances collaborative relationships with Special Collections Description and Access, Digital Initiatives, and Preservation and Reformatting to increase discovery, access, and innovative uses of the OCA holdings.
  • Actively develops local, regional, national, and international partnerships and collaborations to advance the strategic directions of the Libraries.
  • Participates proactively on library-wide committees, task forces, and teams to integrate archival holdings into the Libraries’ wider strategic initiatives.
  • Collaborates with other curators and subject librarians to develop interdisciplinary solutions to integrating distinctive intellectual content and services into the university’s wider academic environment.
  • Contributes actively to scholarship in the archival field and other fields related to public policy through active professional engagement and research, presenting at professional and scholarly conferences, and publishing in appropriate venues.
  • Is knowledgeable about and able to speak to a range of archival issues, including electronic records, digital initiatives, and the pedagogical importance of archival collections in undergraduate and graduate education.
  • Is knowledgeable about and able to speak to handling and providing appropriate guidance and access to sensitive, restricted, or classified material.
  • Participates in the Libraries’ exhibition program by curating gallery exhibitions focusing on public policy.


Contact Information: 

Application: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by March 31, 2019. Please send cover letter, CV, references, and salary requirements to Brittany Steingass at Please include “Public Policy Archivist” in the subject field. For more information please visit:


The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.  The Ohio State University is a member of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance.



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