Hopkins Retrospective is a research and outreach initiative launched in 2013 by the Office of the President at Johns Hopkins University and supervised by the Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries that aims to better understand the history of the University and weave that history into the present-day university experience.
We are seeking a Processing and Research Archivist who provides support for the Hopkins Retrospective Program Manager in several ways and will help establish a dynamic public history team within the University Archives. Components critical to the program's success include robust archival research, mentorship for student fellows, development of programming (online and in-person events), diversifying oral histories, and creating interpretive signage and exhibits across our campuses. The initiative is also actively engaged in an effort to reexamine the history of Johns Hopkins, the founder and his family's ties to slavery and is focused on providing support for several research projects related to racism and discrimination within the institution's history.
The Processing and Research Archivist has three key responsibilities:
Processing: Responsible for accessioning, arranging, and describing archival collections (university records) within the Sheridan Libraries' Special Collections department. The incumbent will work with the University Archivist, Processing Archivist, and Hopkins Retro Program Manager to identify specific university records in need of reparative description, increased visibility, and greater accessibility.
Research: Responsible for conducting archival research within 18th and 19th century collections, creating document transcriptions, and offering historical interpretation of records found. This incumbent will creatively present research summaries and support parallel research projects, suggesting and providing records for exploration. They will use their research findings to advise and consult on Hopkins Retrospective exhibitions, interpretive signage projects, and other creative ways to present content to audiences.
Collaboration on Digital Content: The archivist will collaborate with a new Digital Content and Outreach Coordinator and the Hopkins Retro Program Manager on developing and curating social media content, website updates, and they will support other outreach components including events and programming. The incumbent will coordinate with the Sheridan Libraries' Digital Collections team on small and large scale digitization projects.
The position will report to the Hopkins Retrospective Program Manager. Sponsored by the Office of the President, the position will work within Sheridan Libraries and work will be performed in coordination with the University Archives team. More information about Hopkins Retrospective can be found at http://retrospective.jhu.edu/. Applicants are also invited to browse Hopkins Retrospective's social media presences on Twitter (https://twitter.com/hopkinsretro) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/hopkins_retro/).
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
Enhance the description of and access to university records by accessioning, arranging, and describing analog and born-digital archival collections
Create finding aids compliant with archival metadata standards such as DACS, EAD, and EAC-CPF
Create processing plans in coordination with the University Archivist and Processing Archivist
Present summaries of research findings in creative ways to a variety of audiences, including but not limited to the Hopkins Retro Program Manager, the Office of the President, students, faculty, staff, and the Baltimore community (materials could include reports, presentations, exhibits, web content)
Identify and pursue areas of archival research related to the University's founder, Johns Hopkins, and the Hopkins family, broadening our understanding of their relationship with the institution of slavery
Advise and support researchers both at and outside Johns Hopkins University who are engaged in reexamining Hopkins history
Participate in the development, documentation, and implementation of processing standards in the Archives unit
Identify conservation issues in collections and collaborate with Conservation and Preservation department to address these concerns as appropriate
Arrange and describe electronic records
Communicate with faculty and donors about acquisition and processing of collections
Collaborate with Digital Content and Events Manager and Hopkins Retro Program Manager on content for social media and website
Provide support for outreach components including online programing and in-person events
Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):
Master's Degree in Library Science, Archival studies, or related field required.
Two years professional experience in an archives or library, or professional experience in public history or community outreach
Demonstrated experience in the principles of archival appraisal, processing, description, and reference; specifically applying archival metadata standards, including DACS, EAD, and EAC-CPF
Commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through archival practice, mentorship, and research methodology
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Willingness to learn from and collaborate with archivists and curators
Resolute commitment to unearthing and sharing Hopkins history in meaningful ways
Demonstrated adaptability and flexibility, particularly as it applies to time management skills and ability to meet multiple deadlines in an evolving environment
Excellent interpersonal skills to collaborate and work effectively within and across organizational and community boundaries in a diverse organization and with a wide variety of users
Motivation to contribute meaningfully to Archives team and archival profession at large
Training and experience working in an archival content management system such as ArchivesSpace or Archivist's Toolkit
Relevent skillset for summarizing and presenting archival research findings through oral and written presentations
Academic training or background conducting research related to the history of racism, discrimination, and slavery in America
Knowledge of reparative description work within the broader archival field
Experience working with researchers, faculty, donors, or other members of the public
Experience with event planning, community programming, or other relevant coordination of functions for a cultural heritage institution
Classified Title: Archivist Working Title: Processing and Research Archivist Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PC Starting Salary Range: $51,210 - $70,480 annually (commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 5:00pm Exempt Status: Exempt Location: Homewood Campus Department name: Academic Liaison Personnel area: Libraries
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