The Montana State University Library seeks an experienced political papers archivist to serve as Project Archivist for a one year project with a possibility of a year extension. The archivist will hold non-tenurable faculty status at the rank of Assistant Professor.
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Duties and Responsibilities Reporting to the Head of the Special Collections and Archival Informatics Department, this position will manage the processing of the Senator Conrad Burns Congressional Papers. The successful applicant will complete the arrangement and description of the Burns collection, which exceeds 1,400 cubic feet of material and includes paper, photographs, video, objects, and other born-digital media. The archivist will apply uniform arrangement and description standards for congressional collections, and will contribute collection descriptions to Archives West using established archival standards. This position will coordinate with the MSU University Archivist as necessary and work with stakeholders such as the MSU Political Science Department to fashion an accessible and relevant collection for a broad audience of researchers, students, and the public.
1. Master’s degree in Library Science, History, Political Science or related relevant field. 2. Coursework and training in Archives and Special Collections. 3. Familiarity with content standards (e.g., DACS, RAD), encoding standards (e.g., EAD), authority control, and other data content and structure standards relevant to archival control. 4. Experience in project planning, management, and completion.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills: 1. Experience processing large modern archival collections. 2. Experience working with political collections, including congressional archival collections. 3 Experience processing multi-format collections, including collections with electronic records. 4. Knowledge of western history, especially Montana history. 5. Demonstrated commitment to student, faculty, and staff diversity.
The Successful Candidate Will Have excellent oral and written communication skills for departmental team work, donor relations, description, and promotion of the collection.
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