Processing Archivist

Location
Northampton, Massachusetts
Posted
Apr 12, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Summary:

Serve as the primary processing archivist for a large, multi-pronged project to reduce backlog and increase access in the Smith College Special Collections. Arrange and describe manuscript collections and college records using archival principles, descriptive standards, and extensible processing frameworks. Use survey methodologies to gain intellectual and physical control over college records. Evaluate materials for restricted content, and apply standardized access restrictions. Use ArchivesSpace to produce published collection descriptions.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Arrangement and Description of Collections: Prepare and execute processing plans that prioritize access and usability within an extensible processing framework. Create standards-based archival description in ArchivesSpace. Conduct collection surveys. Supervise student assistants performing routine activities.

Operations: Participate actively in the shared decision making for Special Collections; perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree required, a Master’s in Library Science with a concentration in archives and records management a major plus; education in the humanities, especially 20th Century U.S. history, the history of higher education, or women’s history a plus. Some processing experience required.

Skills: Thorough knowledge of archival principles and best practices of archival description. Knowledge of relevant archival and bibliographic standards and frameworks (DACS and MARC required; others a plus) and archival processing standards and techniques. Fluency with relevant software for managing archives information and assets, including ArchivesSpace. Knowledge of US History; familiarity with US women’s history or the history of higher education preferred. Strong research, verbal and written communication skills. Ability to work in a team-based environment as well as be self-motivated. Ability to adapt to, and thrive in, a quickly-changing work environment. Excellent communication (verbal and written), interpersonal, problem solving, and analytical skills.

Additional Information:

This is a full time, 3 year limited-term position.

Smith College is an EO/Vet/Disability/AA employer.

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