Radio Haiti Project Archivist, Duke University

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Created: April 29, 2015


The Project Archivist is responsible for all aspects of the arrangement and description of the Radio Haiti Archives (RHA), which includes audio and textual materials in Haitian Creole, French and English. S/he will work closely with other members of the Voices of Change: Preserving and Presenting Radio Haiti project team to plan, implement and support all project goals and objectives, including processing the paper records, digitizing and describing the audio collection, preserving the master files in the Duke Digital Repository, and building a digital collection to promote access to materials without rights restrictions. This position is for 40 hours per week through June 30, 2017.

  • Surveys the collection to finalize a processing plan for its full arrangement and description, including noting any issues or concerns regarding format, preservation, restrictions, and language of materials.  Works with the project team to finalize plan and project timeline and benchmarks.
  • Oversees and performs processing of the RHA papers, including physically arranging the collection and preparing descriptive tools to facilitate access to the collection; inputs descriptive information about the collection into the collections management database; creates finding aid for publication on the Web and collection-level MARC record for inclusion in the library’s catalog and OCLC’s WorldCat.
  • Displays continuing growth in professional and subject knowledge and takes an active interest in the profession. Growth and interest should be demonstrated through continuing development of professional knowledge and abilities, membership and participation in professional organizations, and service to the library, University, or community in a professional capacity.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Completes inventory of the audio collection and works closely with digitization vendor to ensure the timely and high quality digitization of these materials.  Works with project team to ingest preservation masters into Duke’s institutional repository.
  • Manages and participates in the item-level description of digitized audio, including recording descriptive information in multiple languages (French, Haitian Creole, and English), in accordance with national and local standards and best practices. Makes note of potential rights issues. Creates edited derivatives using audio editing software.
  • Works with Digital Projects and Production Services to design, develop and implement a digital collection for the Radio Haiti recordings.
  • Conducts and contributes to outreach, such as presentations, blog posts, and press releases; participates in team meetings, provides status updates and project reports, compiles and tracks statistics, and promotes the collection.   

Supervisory Responsibilities
Manages student assistant(s) totaling 20 hours/week.

It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity.


Required: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or an advanced degree in history, cultural studies, or a related field.


Required: Ability to speak and write fluently in French; conversational Haitian Creole; experience working with archival collections and/or audio collections; effective analytical and writing skills; demonstrated proficiency using computer based technology and ability to adapt to new technologies; flexibility and capacity to thrive in a rapidly changing environment; excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills; ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

Preferred: Knowledge of Haitian history and culture; ability to speak and write fluently in Haitian Creole; experience processing archival collections and screening for restricted content; working knowledge of audio playback and editing software; working knowledge of principles for description of manuscript collections, such as DACS.

Working Conditions
  • Must be able to lift 25 pounds and unpack, shelve and shift large quantities of library materials;
  • Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible
  • Frequent bending, crouching, stooping
  • Normal office environment
  • Occasional travel possible
These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

Salary and Benefits
Salary dependent on qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes 15 days vacation, 13 holidays, 12 days sick leave; health, dental, disability and life insurance and support for professional development and training.

Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the William R. Perkins Library and its branches: Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections, Biological and Environmental Sciences, Lilly, and Music and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort.  Duke’s library holdings of 6.1 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.

Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.

Duke offers a comprehensive benefit packages which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at:

Send cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references to: Teresa Tillman, Library Human Resources, at  Please include RH ARCHIVIST in the subject line.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Duke University Libraries have a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and is actively seeking to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of our staff.

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