Description of our Institution and Library
Located in the heart of historic Colonial Williamsburg, William & Mary is a premier public research university, widely recognized for our outstanding academic reputation, beautiful campus, and vibrant community. William & Mary Libraries boasts a collection of more than two million books, journals, manuscripts, government documents and films. The main library on campus, Earl Gregg Swem Library, is ranked as the best college library by Princeton Review. To learn more about William & Mary Libraries, visit our website at https://libraries.wm.edu/
We are committed to fostering an environment where diversity, inclusion and equity are viewed as fundamental to our mission. We believe an environment that is open and welcoming to all patrons is crucial to fulfilling the research, teaching, and service mission of the University. We strive to create a climate of belonging, which we believe promotes self-agency, participation, collaboration, and innovation. Click here to learn more about our commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
Description of our Head of Archival Processing Position
W&M Libraries is seeking a Head of Archival Processing to lead collection management work in the Special Collections Research Center in the Earl Gregg Swem Library. This position focuses on describing collections for ease of discovery and analyzing the processing status, arrangement, and preservation of physical and born-digital archival materials. The Head of Archival Processing will also concentrate on performing reparative work on our legacy descriptions, with an emphasis on fixing inappropriate language and identifying materials that document the experience of descendant enslaved and other underrepresented communities. We encourage applications from innovative, collaborative, and detailed-oriented individuals who have progressively responsible experience in processing archival collections of all sizes and levels of complexity, increasing accessibility of archival collections to researchers, managing staff, student and volunteers. The ideal candidate will also support the public services efforts of the Special Collections Research Center through leading and assisting with instruction sessions, tours, and open houses, serving regular reference shifts to help researchers use our finding aids and databases to discover appropriate resources.
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Learn more about the Head of Archival Processing position in a webinar information session
These information sessions will allow interested candidates to meet our Marian and Alan McLeod Director of Special Collections, Jay Gaidmore, and get answers to questions about the position.
Click on a date to register for one of our info sessions: (all sessions are EST)
Friday, April 15, 2022, from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
April 18, 2022, from 2:00-3:00 pm
April 20, 2022, from 12:00-1:00 pm
Please note: All Zoom participants’ names will be hidden and any participant who wishes to ask questions may do so anonymously. Live captioning will be provided. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.