The University of Houston Libraries seeks a Projects Archivist with archives processing experience to perform arrangement, description, and preservation on collections of personal papers and organizational records in its Special Collections department. The position is for a for a fixed term ending on August 31, 2020.
Reporting to the Libraries’ Coordinator of Archival Processing, the Projects Archivist will also work closely with Special Collections curators and the Coordinator of Digital Projects, focused on archival collections related to Energy & Sustainability, Performing & Visual Arts, LGBT History, and Houston History in the department’s strategic collection priorities. The Projects Archivist will assess and appraise collection materials for research value in support of the Libraries’ and the University’s teaching, learning, research, and scholarship mission. The Projects Archivist will create comprehensive processing plans for individual collections, arrange and describe collection materials following national and international standards and best practices, author finding aid inventories for publication in the Libraries’ ArchivesSpace collections management system, re-house materials in archival quality boxes and folders, and prepare select materials for digitization.
Work will occur in the Special Collections department located in M.D. Anderson Library on the main campus of the University of Houston. It will require the ability to lift heavy boxes of collection materials as much as 50 lbs., and may require occasional exposure to dust and mold. Other related functions as assigned.
Assists the Archivist with archival programs, including the acquisition, maintenance, control, and preservation of historical records and memorabilia.
Collaborate with the Special Collections Curators and the Coordinator of Digital Projects on archival collections related to Energy & Sustainability, Performing & Visual Arts, LGBT History, and Houston History in the department's strategic collection priorities.
Assess and appraise collection materials for research value in support of the Libraries, and the University's teaching, learning, research, and scholarship mission.
Create comprehensive processing plans for individual collections utilizing descriptive meta-data standards including DACS, MARC, and data structure standards relevant to archival control of collection materials including EAD.
Arrange and describe collection materials following national and international standards and best practices; author finding aid inventories for publication in the Libraries Archives Space collections management system.
Re-house materials in archival quality boxes and folders, and prepare select materials for digitization in accordance with preservation procedures for archives and library materials.
Other duties as assigned.
Masters and 1 year experience
Requires application of advanced principles, techniques and theory in a professional discipline or a thorough general business management knowledge. Knowledge of this level is typically obtained through a directly job-related Master's degree or equivalent formal training in a recognized field of specialization that is directly related to the type of work being performed.Requires a minimum of one (1) year of directly job-related experience.
· Training and experience in archives processing, including arrangement, description, and preservation
· Demonstrated excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and strong service orientation
· Proven capacity to work independently and collaboratively to meet project goals and deadlines
· Proficiency with Microsoft Office, specifically Word, Excel, and Outlook
· Excellent reading, writing, and oral command of English language
· One or more years of experience processing archives collections
· Experience with multiple levels of archival processing, with large and complex archives collections, including detailed item-level and More Product Less Process practices
· Knowledge of descriptive metadata standards including DACS, MARC, and data structure standards relevant to archival control of collection materials including EAD
· Knowledge of preservation procedures for archives and library materials
· Familiarity or experience with archives collection management tools such as ArchivesSpace
· Advance degree in library/information science, archival studies, history or other relevant discipline
Internal Number: STA004954
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