Law Center Archivist – Georgetown University Law Library, Washington DC

Washington, D.C.
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Created: July 5, 2016


Located in the nation’s capital and within walking distance of the U.S. Congress and the Supreme Court, Georgetown University Law Center is known for the quality of scholarship, the teaching of its faculty, which is among the largest in the nation, and for its exceptionally talented and diverse student body. It is the second largest law school in the United States and as one of the premier research facilities for the study of law, the Law Library (consisting of the Edward Bennett Williams Law Library and the John Wolff International and Comparative Law Library) houses the nation's fourth largest law library collection and offers access to thousands of online publications.

The mission of the library is to support fully the research and educational endeavors of the students and faculty of the Georgetown University Law Center, by collecting, organizing, preserving, and disseminating legal and law related information in any form, by providing effective service and instructional programs, and by utilizing electronic information systems to provide access to new information products and services.

The Law Center Archives is part of the Special Collections Department, which preserves and provides access to the analog and digital records that document the history of the Georgetown University Law Center. 

Under the direct supervision of the Associate Law Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections, the Law Center Archivist is responsible for all curatorial functions relating to the Law Center Archives ("Archives"), as well as preservation of digital materials, both digitized and born-digital, and including web-based. Principal duties include but are not limited to:

• Oversee and perform archival processes including accessioning, processing, reference and preservation, in collaboration with Special Collections staff, as well as Collections Services staff, ensuring appropriate levels of confidentiality throughout the archival life-cycle.
• Foster communication with law center offices to ensure that, in accordance with evolving retention schedule parameters, appropriate inactive records are transferred to the Archives.
• Develop policies and strategies, and perform best practice digital preservation actions in areas of packaging, authentication and validation, to ensure access to reformatted and born digital content regardless of the challenges of media failure and technological change. The incumbent monitors the monthly web archiving of the Law Center website.
• Ensure appropriate and consistent file naming and management structures for active digital files.

• Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school with an archival focus. Preferred: Certified Archivist. 
• At least 2 years - preferably 3 years of archival experience in an academic library. Preferred: Experience in digital preservation, including digital forensics; Experience in records management.
Desired Qualifications
• Ability to explain complex concepts to other areas of the library and law center
• Ability to collaborate widely
• Experience with archival functional analysis and arrangement
• Experience developing and implementing digital preservation solutions for digitized and born digital materials.
• Experience with EAD, ArchivesSpace, DACS, METS
• Experience with XML, XSLT, high-level computing language such as Python
• Experience with implementing and refining retention schedules
• Experience with legal materials a plus

The position will remain open until filled - to apply, please go to Address applications to Joseph W. Thomas, Deputy Director, and include a cover letter, a current resume, and the names and contact information for three references.

Georgetown University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.


Published: Tuesday, July 5, 2016 16:33 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:40 UTC