Houghton Library, the primary repository for Harvard's rare books and manuscripts, seeks an innovative, collaborative, and motivated Processing Archivist. Reporting to the Head of the Manuscript Section, the Processing Archivist joins the library's archives processing program, and works as part of a team of archivists responsible for arranging and describing at a variety of levels the archives, manuscripts, printed ephemera, and other materials collected by Houghton Library across six curatorial areas. The Processing Archivist will develop processing plans and execute projects in order to provide access to new acquisitions and legacy collection material. The Processing Archivist collaborates in a collegial fashion with other members of the Manuscript Section, Technical Services Department, and other departments to assist in the timely and effective description of Houghton Library materials.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Creates accession records and initial descriptive information for materials, ensuring administrative and basic intellectual access. Works closely with Accessioning Archivist and Curators in the assessment and appraisal of collection materials during the accessioning process.
Processes archival and manuscript materials: rehouses materials as necessary; assesses conservation and preservation needs; determines levels of arrangement and description; creates finding aids and other descriptive metadata as necessary; and prepares materials for off-site storage at the Harvard Depository as needed.
Follows procedures outlined in departmental processing manuals; helps to maintain documentation; compiles statistics and reports as necessary.
Contributes to Houghton Library Public Services reference desk rotation.
Maintains an active presence in local and national professional organizations.
This position may supervise students, interns, hourly, and/or project staff.
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Salary Grade: 056
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
M.L.S.fromanALA-accreditedacademicprogramrequired, preferably with an archives concentration.
Two years' experience with archival arrangement and description and/or archival accessioning, preferably in an academic or research library.
Experience with the use and application of DACS, EAD, EAC-CPF and MARC, as well as other archival content and communication standards.
Experience determining processing levels as part of an extensible processing framework.
Superior written and verbal communication skills and demonstrated attention to detail.
Demonstrated ability to manage time and tasks and complete projects in a timely manner.
Ability to identify basic preservation and conservation issues related to archival materials.
Understanding of current developments within the profession and demonstrated commitment to engage in ongoing professional development and service to the profession.
Familiarity with accessioning, processing, and providing access to born-digital materials is preferred.
Reading knowledge of one or more European languages.
Experience working with an archival content management system such as Archivist's Toolkit or ArchivesSpace.
Experience implementing new technologies and other techniques to improve work processes.
Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively.
Capacity to thrive in a changing working environment.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 47493BR
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