Washington, DC
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Created: January 10, 2019


Applications are due January 18, 2019.

Analyzes and arranges bodies of multi-format ethnographic records, demonstrating knowledge of archival theory and practice in planning and carrying out their organization and description. Possesses understanding of scholarly research and documentation practices in folklife, ethnomusicology, documentary studies, oral history and/or other related subject areas. Completes preliminary analysis of the documentation systems and practices of the originating organization or individual whose documentary materials are being processed. Undertakes research in published sources to complete gaps in the available information relating to the subject matter of the records to be archived. Evaluates the significance of archival material in its cultural and historical context and applies evaluation in helping create a plan of arrangement and description. Exercises initiative on special assignments requiring knowledge of archival procedures and subject matter.

Works to maintain personal contacts and cooperative work relationships in order to provide or exchange information. Coordinates as necessary with collection curators and staff in AFC and in other divisions relating to the transmission, handling, description, and storage of division material housed off-site or transferred elsewhere.

Attends workshops, conferences, seminars, or meetings in librarianship and other relevant fields for the purpose of training and professional development. Displays knowledge of collections in the Library. Presents information to groups and individuals with a similar understanding of the subject. Orients visitors and helps conduct tours.

Surveys internal collections to identify and inventory groups of materials for preservation and physical security. Follows prescribed specifications and procedures in preserving original material and reproducing originals for preservation. Monitors the quality and consistency of preservation methods and output. Monitors and coordinates procedures for routing materials for preservation treatment and for preparation of new materials to be added to the collections.

Serves as a resource in the development of overall preservation program policies and goals. 

Provides information in response to reference service requests that require research among several collections to locate the information. Assists researchers in finding significant records relating to the subject under consideration and advises them of relevant records in the American Folklife Center and Library. Assists readers in the division’s public Reading Room during weekly desk shifts.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Submitted by: jy_kim29

Published: Thursday, January 10, 2019 22:08 UTC