Processing Fellow

New York City
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Created: August 2, 2013


Dates: September 1, 2013 to May 30, 2014
Compensation: $5,000 stipend

The Barnard College Archives is comprised of over 450 distinct collections. The primary purpose of the Barnard College Archives is to document the history of the College and to provide source material to staff, alumnae, students, faculty, and other members of the Barnard College and Columbia University communities, as well as to outside researchers. The Barnard College Archives also seeks to acquire, and actively solicits, Special Collections materials that relate to broader issues of Feminism; Women’s, Sexuality, and Gender Studies; and the history of the education of women and female-identified individuals in the United States.

Presently, less than 25% of the Barnard College Archives has been arranged and described. It is our desire to create, at minimum, a collection level record for each collection to facilitate broader access.

Working under the supervision of the College Archivist, the Archival Processing Fellow will undertake an arrangement and description project, processing at least one collection of their choice and creating a finding aid using Archivist’s Toolkit. The Fellow will also assist in creating collection-level descriptions, and may also assist in converting legacy finding aids to EAD. The Fellow may participate in other aspects of work in the Barnard College Archives including accessioning activities, metadata creation, digitization, remote and in-person reference, and outreach.

Finally, the Fellow may attend department meetings and events throughout the Columbia University Libraries System, may participate in library instruction sessions, and may participate in other activities within the Barnard College Library.

To Qualify:
  • Must be currently enrolled in a graduate-level program in archival management.
  • Must be available to work weekdays.
  • Must make commitment to complete 300 hours (or, on average, 10 hours of work a week with time off for Winter and Spring vacation) between September 1, 2013 and May 30, 2014.
  • Knowledge of archival descriptive standards including EAD and DACS is a plus. Applicants must demonstrate that they have excellent organizational, research, and communication skills. They should have a strong attention to detail and the ability to work independently.
  • Must have completed an introductory course in archival principles and practices.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have successfully completed at least nine graduate semester hours (or the equivalent) applied toward an advanced degree in archives or library and information science.
  • The Barnard College Archives highly encourages applicants from under-represented communities to apply.
To Apply:
  • Send a cover letter, résumé, and two references to Shannon O'Neill, College Archivist, soneill(at)
  • Applications must be received by: August 12, 2013. Note: Campus housing will not be made available to the successful candidate.


Published: Friday, August 2, 2013 07:36 UTC

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