Posting Number 2017-3645 Location US-NY-New York Posted Date 9/12/2017 Union N/A School/Division Division of Libraries (LB1082) Department Name : KARMS/Archival Collections Management FT/PT Full-Time
This position will play a key role in an institution-wide archival survey project, working as part of a team to provide access and facilitate discovery of archival and special collections in support of research, teaching, and learning in the library. The incumbent will carry out the survey project as an integral part of the survey team. The Assistant Archivist will create initial collection level description for all un- and under-described holdings, ensuring responsible administrative and physical control and basic intellectual access for all material. The position will address physical condition and housing issues in the collections, and identify and address digital and a/v media throughout the collections. Under the supervision of the Senior Processing Archivist, the position will use good judgment in problem- solving and addressing legacy descriptive and collection management issues in need of remediation, including metadata normalization and cleanup. The Assistant Archivist will ensure productive and efficient processes and collaborate with colleagues throughout ACM to ensure alignment with department goals and procedures.
Required Education: Bachelor’s degree. Progress toward a Master's degree in Library & Information Science from an ALA accredited institution, or in Archival Studies, strongly preferred.
Required Experience: 1-2 two years experience in archival accessioning, arrangement, and description, preferably in an academic or research library.
Preferred Experience: Experience providing reference to archival and special collections users is highly desirable.
Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities: Demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and practice, especially accessioning, processing and description, including minimal and basic processing strategies. Demonstrated knowledge of current national data content and structure standards related to the archival control of collection materials, and in the use and application of DACS, EAD, MARC, LCSH, LCNA, AACR2, and other library and archival descriptive and content standards. Knowledge of basic preservation and conservation issues as they relate to archival collections. Knowledge of rights administration and management issues for archival collections. Experience in the use of automated archival collections management systems (Archivists’ Toolkit or ArchivesSpace), or similar systems. 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. Flexibility and the capacity to thrive in a rapidly changing environment.
Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Abilities: Experience identifying, handling, and/or describing audio-visual and digital media. Knowledge of EAD and XML, including experience with XML schemas and the use of XML editors and the manipulation of metadata across systems and platforms. Subject expertise in one of the collecting foci of NYU’s Special Collections.
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