Accessioning and Description Archivist

New York City
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Created: October 16, 2012


The Accessioning and Description Archivist will oversee and manage the accessioning program across all archival holdings at Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, and be responsible for creating or facilitating creation of basic, collection level description for all holdings, ensuring responsible administrative and physical control and basic intellectual access for all material at time of accession, and providing the basic infrastructure upon which any future archival work will be built. The position will also play a leadership role in the Tamiment descriptive program, contributing to policies, procedures, and workflows for processing and description; overseeing processing and description work of one FTE professional and multiple students; and serve as point person for the administration of the collections management database. 

Qualifications/Required Education: Master's degree in Library & Information Science from an ALA accredited institution, or in Archival Studies 
Preferred Education: Additional Master's degree in a discipline related to Tamiment collecting areas 
Required Experience: 3-5 years of relevant experience 

Preferred Experience: 
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: (include unique competencies, certification, licenses, etc.): Superior written and verbal communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to work collegially within and across organizations; great attention to detail; demonstrated ability to manage time and tasks and complete projects in a timely manner.

Demonstrated proficiency in archival theory and practice, especially accessioning, processing and description, including minimal and basic processing strategies; demonstrated proficiency in the use, maintenance, and support of automated archival collections management systems; demonstrated proficiency in the use and application of DACS, EAD, MARC, LCSH, LCNA, AACR2, and other library and archival descriptive and content standards; familiarity with XML schemas and the use of XML editors and the manipulation of metadata across systems and platforms. Knowledge of basic preservation and conservation issues as they relate to archival collections. Knowledge of rights administration and management issues for archival collections. Ability to supportively and efficiently supervise professional staff, students, and interns. 

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: (include unique competencies, certification, licenses, etc.): Familiarity with current approaches to accessioning and description of born-digital holdings, preferred. 

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