Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America’s leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. With about 40,000 employees, Duke is the third largest private employer in North Carolina, and it now has international programs in more than 150 countries.
The Accessions Coordinator manages the accessioning and initial assessment of archival and born digital materials for the Rubenstein Library. They prepare manuscript, audiovisual, and digital materials for cataloging and processing.
Archival Accessioning Coordination (60%)
- Assumes physical custody of new materials in collaboration with the RL Acquisitions Coordinator and the DUL Order Specialist. Assesses them for completeness and preservation/shipment condition, and transfers archival materials or media into the appropriate processing queue.
- Creates accession records and manages edits/updates to accessioning procedures and documentation.
- Coordinates with Section Head for Archival Processing and Collection Development staff to prioritize and document accessioning decisions for archival collections.
- Completes light processing for archival materials, which could include: importing and creating boxlists, rehousing collection materials, and creating or updating archival catalog records and collection guides.
Digital and Audiovisual Processing Support (25%)
- Coordinates and assists with ingest and initial preservation of newly-acquired electronic media and born-digital accessions. Supports appraisal and processing workflows of e-recs as needed.
- Partners with Audiovisual Archivist and Digital Records Archivist to coordinate and support network transfers for archival or audiovisual accessions.
- Oversees separating electronic records, audiovisual media, and digital media from predominately paper-based archival collections, allowing for coordinated physical processing and description. Documents best practices and serves as a resource for staff encountering these materials.
- Generates, reviews, and evaluates data acquisition reports, including those identifying sensitive data, in consultation with Digital Records Archivist.
- Supports post-digitization audiovisual processing, in consultation with the Audiovisual Records Archivist.
Archival Processing Section Support (15%)
- Organizes and manages storage for departmental archival supplies, in coordination with RL Assistant
- Periodically supervises student employees on different archival processing projects
- Maintains and submits accurate work statistics to supervisors at the end of each month.
- Periodic RL Reading Room circulation desk shifts, including participation in the staff weekend desk shift approximately 3 times per year.
- Other duties as assigned.
It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning, and a commitment to creating a culture of inclusion that values and respects diversity of perspective, background, and experience.
Required: Bachelors degree or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
Required: Requires two years of library experience to obtain a specialized knowledge of library systems and procedures; excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; able to work independently and as a member of a team; high proficiency using computer based technology and ability to adapt to new technologies; ability to effectively organize and prioritize daily work; demonstrated commitment to providing outstanding customer services.
Preferred: Prior experience working with rare or special collections materials; prior experience (or demonstrated interest) in working with audiovisual or digital media technologies (including analog audiovisual formats like audiocassettes, videotapes, and film; and digital media formats like floppy disks, optical media, spinning disk hard drives, or solid state media); prior experience working in an academic research library.
- Occasionally moves library materials weighing up to and over 40 pounds
- Frequently works in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible
- Frequently positions self to reach high and low shelves
- Normal office environment
- Occasional weekend shifts required
These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position. This description is subject to change at any time.
Salary and Benefits
$18.96 per hour (minimum). Comprehensive benefits package upon eligibility includes vacation, 13 holidays, sick leave, health, dental, disability, life insurance, educational assistance, and tuition grants. This position is not eligible for relocation assistance.
Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the Perkins Library, Bostock Library, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly Library, and Music Library, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke's library holdings of 6.2 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.
Duke is a diverse community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness, and respect for all people. We recognize that the workplace only truly flourishes with an active presence of different backgrounds and unique abilities. We value the unseen perspective, the unheard voice, and the unnoticed ideas. We hope to give a platform of growth and connection, where employees can be free to produce new ways of thinking to promote inclusion and respect for all. Duke University Libraries encourages an environment where shared goals are reached by exceptional individuals.
Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.
Duke offers a comprehensive benefit packages which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at: http://www.hr.duke.edu/benefits/duke_benefits.html.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. An electronic resume, cover letter, and list of references should be submitted at: https://careers.duke.edu/. Search for requisition ID # 140551. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Duke University Libraries have a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and is actively seeking to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of our staff.
Required: Bachelors degree or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
Required: Requires two years of library experience to obtain a specialized knowledge of library systems and procedures; excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; able to work independently and as a member of a team; high proficiency using computer based technology and ability to adapt to new technologies; ability to effectively organize and prioritize daily work; demonstrated commitment to providing outstanding customer services. Preferred: Prior experience working in an academic research library, prior supervisory experience OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.
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