The Processing Archivist will arrange and describe archives and manuscript material in all formats held by the Rare Book & Manuscript Library according to local and national best practices.
Responsibilities - Processing: Arrange and describe manuscript material and archival collections in all formats (paper, photographic, electronic, audiovisual, etc.). Develop processing plans for collections, including determining level of granularity at which to process, assure appropriate housing of materials, identify and recommend materials for conservation treatment, write and edit finding aids according to DACS (Describing Archives: a Content Standard) specifications.
- Technical Services: Upload finding aids to ArchivesSpace. Maintain metrics on processing and submit regular reports on the ongoing processing and cataloging work. Create item-level metadata for digital objects relating to archival collections as appropriate. Triage unprocessed collections for possible use by researchers upon request.
- Public Service: Support and participate in reference and public service with reference work; including answering reference queries (email, telephone), staffing front desk and supervising the reading room.
-Training, Instruction, and Supervision: Train and supervise the work of students, support staff, and interns working on archival projects. Assist in training peers (archivists) in DACS and other best practices, and assist in training new archivists on staff. Provide instructional support for Columbia and non-Columbia students and classes.
- Professional Involvement and Development: Participate in unit-wide, library-wide, and profession-wide planning and committee activities.
- Administrative Tasks: Participate in planning and strategy meetings for the general staff and various smaller groups.
Internal Number: 5207
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