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The Becker Library is committed to pursuing best practices and innovative ideas in collecting, curating, and promoting academic research and public interest in the archival collections of the Washington University School of Medicine and its affiliated hospitals.
The Processing Archivist will develop highly efficient processing workflows that follow best practices for arranging collection materials, and utilize the appropriate metadata schemas and standards when completing all description work. With great attention to detail, the Processing Archivist will contribute significant amounts of descriptive data to our archival platform (AtoM).
In addition to completing a high-volume of processing work, other core duties of this position include frequent creation of content for use in the library’s blog and social media platforms, participation in the department’s open house events, curation of exhibits, and providing high-quality reference service to our researchers.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Preserve, arrange, describe, and make accessible the library’s archival collections for the School of Medicine community and the general public.
Develop and implement efficient processing workflows and procedures.
Promote the access and discovery of archival collections.
Contribute content 4 - 5 times per week to the library’s social media platforms, and author one post for the Becker Blog each month.
Provide instruction and presentations for group visits and student classes using material from the archival and rare book collections.
Work with other department staff to plan, design, and curate quarterly exhibitions of artifacts, photographs, ephemera, rare books, and archival material in the Glaser Gallery. Serve as the lead curator for one exhibit per year, and assist other staff with planning and creation of other gallery exhibitions as needed.
Ensure appropriate organization and maintenance of collection storage areas.
Participate in library and campus committees.
Provide reference and research services to visitors, employees, and scholars in the Archives and Rare Books Reading Room, and provide high-quality service via phone and/or email to researchers who are unable to request assistance in-person.
Identify appropriate collection materials for digitization.
Identify and address legacy arrangement and description issues.
Equivalent of a master’s degree in library science or a related area.
Ability to handle library programs and supervisory responsibilities.
Master’s degree in history, library science, archival administration, or a related field.
Demonstrated ability to acquire new skills and learn new technology.
Understanding of essential features and functionality of content management systems and archival collection discovery tools.
Experience working with metadata on archival collections.
Strong communication skills (oral and written).
Knowledge of, and demonstrated commitment to, values associated with diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
Knowledge of current archival trends and best practices.
Two years of work history in a museum, library, or archives environment with responsibility for arranging and describing archival collections.
Two years of experience working with an archival management system (Archon, Archivists’ Toolkit, ArchivesSpace, AtoM, etc.).
Experience providing reference service using archival materials.
Experience contributing social media content to a business/academic account.
Experience curating exhibits with special collection materials.
Experience marketing and promoting special collections.
Experience teaching with special collections.
Reading knowledge of German, Latin, Italian, and/or French.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of University Libraries. This position is for the Medical School Campus.
The hiring range for this position is $48,087 - $62,517 annually.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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