Archivist, Institute of Jazz Studies

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Created: April 17, 2012


The Rutgers University Libraries seek an experienced, innovative, and serviceoriented librarian to fill the position of Archivist in the Institute of Jazz Studies, John Cotton Dana Library on the Newark Campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  Reporting to the Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies, the Archivist will take a leadership role in the management and oversight of archival and research collections in IJS in ensuring the effective provision of library and information services to the diverse community of users. Will receive, arrange, describe, preserve and create finding aids using best practices and cutting-edge techniques for the Institute’s archival collections, which consist of music manuscripts, personal papers, photographs, memorabilia, and other materials. Will provide in-depth assistance to visiting researchers and scholars as well as respond to requests by mail, email and phone. Will provide materials for the media, performing arts and other organizations. Will identify, solicit and steward donors, and advise the Dana Library Director on the acceptance of gift collections for the Institute.  Will oversee the activities of grant-funded archivists. Will supervise student workers and interns, including the provision of training in archival practices. Will provide outreach, enhancing the visibility of the Institute and its collections, by conducting tours of the Institute and preparing exhibits, and represent the Institute at professional meetings and conferences. Will collaborate in the Libraries’ digitization efforts.  As a member of a university-wide faculty, the Archivist is expected to participate in system-wide initiatives, committees, and task forces, and to demonstrate commitment to continual professional development through scholarly research relevant to areas of responsibility, including publications, presentations and participation and leadership in the work of relevant professional associations.

A record of professional experience in an academic or research library, archives, or similar setting, with emphasis on experience in archival processing, management and preservation. Extensive knowledge of and experience in the development of EAD finding aids. Extensive knowledge of issues relating to managing and preserving digital collections.  Awareness of national issues and trends in archives and in collections services. Must have the ability and desire to meet tenure and promotion requirements.  Thus, the successful candidate will have a Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited institution and/or a Master’s degree in Archival Studies. Knowledge of or familiarity with jazz history is desired.

Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Faculty status, calendar year appointment, retirement plans, life/health insurance, prescription drug, dental and eyeglass plans, tuition remission, one month vacation.

Rutgers University is a member of the Association of  American Universities. The university, spread over three regional campuses, includes over 50,000 graduate and  undergraduate students and 2,500 faculty, engaged in numerous degree-granting, research and professional programs in all disciplines, as well as a broad spectrum of service programs for the state. Situated on 35 acres in downtown Newark, Rutgers-Newark is part of a dynamic urban environment and is positioned to take a leading role in the further revitalization of Newark.  The Newark campus is a doctoral-degree granting research institution, classified as a Carnegie Research Intensive institution. Rutgers-Newark offers 14 doctoral programs: American studies, applied physics, behavioral and neural science biology, chemistry, criminal justice, environmental science, global affairs, management, mathematical sciences, nursing, psychology, public administration, and urban systems. With more than 11,000 graduate and undergraduate students and anticipated


Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 10:52 UTC

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