Archer is the subject librarian for Peace Studies, Global Affairs and Political Science and serves as liaison to the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Keough School of Global Affairs. As such he offers in-class presentations, prepares web guides, and consults with students, faculty, fellows and administrators to enhance their access to library and other information sources for their research, professional practice and course work.
He is currently serving his eighth term on the Library Faculty's Committee on Appointments and Promotions, as coordinator of the informal Keough Global Affairs Working Group, the General Social Science Fund expenditure group and map and atlas coordinator. He is past chair of the Faculty Senate, has served three terms on the Academic Council including a term on its Executive Committee and two terms on the Academic and Faculty Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees.
Professionally he is past Chair of the American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee and trustee of the Freedom to Read Foundation. He is currently an elected Councilor at Large of ALA's governing Council and the Leroy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund. He is past chair of the American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Round Table and the Indiana Library Federation's Intellectual Freedom Committee, and past co-chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Association.
Archer has an AB in Religion from Duke University (1968), an MDiv from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (1972) and an MSL from Western Michigan University (1981). He and his wife, Alice, are ordained ministers in the Church of the Brethren, one of the historic Peace Churches (Mennonites, Quakers/Friends. and Brethren).