Archives and Literary Manuscript Specialist

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Created: March 24, 2014


Duties and Responsibilities:  Working under the supervision of the Director of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Archives and Literary Manuscript Specialist uses advanced knowledge and training in multiple disciplines to develop and implement policies, systems, recommendations, and workflows that will improve access to complex archives and collections of literary manuscripts.  The policies, plans, practices, and workflows that the successful candidate establishes and executes will improve access and use of these materials in research, teaching, and service.

Qualifications:  Required: Master’s degree in one of the following fields: Library/Information Science, Literature, History, or a related humanities field; Advanced training in the management, arrangement, and description of archives and manuscript collections; Demonstrated experience arranging, describing, and preserving complex manuscript and/or archival collections; Demonstrated knowledge of national data content and structure standards related to the control of archives and of archival and library management systems such as Archon, ArchivesSpace, or the Archivists Toolkit; Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups within a complex organization and a rapidly changing, team environment; Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications and analytical ability; A record of designing projects and bringing them to a conclusion in a timely fashion. See for Preferred

To Apply:  To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at and upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For questions, please call: 217-333-8169 217-333-8169.

Deadline:  In order to ensure full consideration, applications and nominations must be received by April 18, 2014. The review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.


Published: Monday, March 24, 2014 19:27 UTC

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