Special Collections Archivist

— South Hadley
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Created: August 8, 2013


The Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections is looking for an innovative, motivated, skilled, and service-oriented individual to oversee public services to researchers and the care of archival collections.

This position offers the opportunity to join a department that is committed to developing user-centered, transformative approaches to Special Collections work. This is a unique opportunity for an enthusiastic, people-oriented individual to oversee the maintenance, promotion, and preservation of the College Archives and Rare Book Collection; interact with students and faculty in reference assistance and primary research instruction; train and manage student assistants and interns in curriculum to career activities; support the department’s extensive outreach programs and special projects; and work closely with other Library, Information, and Technology Services staff, the campus community, and College alumnae. Reporting to the department head, this individual will be a partner in envisioning the future of the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections.

Qualifications: MLS or related advanced degree. Minimum of three years of experience with the following: providing reference services in an archive or manuscripts repository, preferably in an academic setting; arranging and describing archival collections and applying archival processing standards; supervising and mentoring student workers; and teaching with primary source materials. Ability to learn new and relevant technologies on an ongoing basis, and to oversee multiple projects and deadlines at once. Evidence of service orientation and customer focus; analytical, troubleshooting, and problem-solving skills; strong oral and written communication skills, especially with social media; and ability to interact professionally with diverse groups of patrons of all levels of knowledge. Experience with standards-based non-MARC metadata schemas such as Qualified Dublin Core, MODS, METS, and EAD. Knowledge of digital object creation and preservation standards. Flexibility, creativity, and a sense of humor are essential.

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