Project Archivist

Full time

Created: December 23, 2014
Mountain View
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Description

The Project Archivist has primary responsibility for leading a two person processing team in arranging and describing collections for the Computer History Museum’s Archives Processing Project (CHM APP), funded by a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Cataloging Hidden Collections grant. This position will be a full-time fixed-term appointment for a period of two years.

Responsibilities

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Coordinate the arrangement and description of large, complex archival collections according to professional standards and current archival procedures
  • Analyze problems and recommend solutions, displaying a high degree of initiative, originality, and judgment in applying archival principles and procedures to complex and unique collections
  • Provide day to day leadership to the processing team and cataloging volunteers
  • Monitor processing progress and ensure the grant project stays on track
  • Manage a team of cataloging volunteers and edit/review their work
  • Draft DACS compliant finding aids and create entries in collections management database
  • Required Background, Experience, and Education:
  • Master's degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution with formal coursework or training in archival management and theory (a relevant graduate degree with experience working in archives may be substituted for an MLIS)
  • Minimum of three years of professional experience with processing, arrangement, and description of archival collections through completed finding aids
  • Minimum of one year of professional experience with processing, arrangement, and description of large, complex archival collections
  • In-depth knowledge of efficient processing practices, such as MPLP
  • Demonstrated experience using Archivists’ Toolkit and knowledge of DACS, AACR2, LCSH, MARC, and familiarity with EAD and XML
  • Excellent research, writing, and communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Evidence of effective project planning, management, and completion with the ability to meet deadlines and ensure regular workflows
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and teamwork skills complemented by the ability to take initiative
  • Detail-oriented and ability to be flexible
  • Ability to repeatedly lift and move 40 pound boxes, climb a ladder, and learn to use a pallet jack and drive a scissor lift
  • Staff in this position must travel between multiple locations. Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation are required

Preferred Qualifications, Attributes and Skills
  • Minimum of two years of professional experience with processing, arrangement, and description of large, complex archival collections
  • Experience processing non-text collections, such as photographs, and video recordings
  • Experience supervising archival processing assistants, interns, or volunteers
  • Experience using Mimsy XG collections management database
  • Undergraduate degree in history of technology or closely related field

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