Posting Summary: The University of Virginia library seeks an energetic and enthusiastic individual, who will have responsibility for building UVA's University Archives and who will articulate a vision for collecting opportunities beyond the official records of the institution. In order to achieve a more complete record of the University of Virginia and its myriad activities, one that focuses on diverse voices and experiences, the archivist will understand the need for and lead the effort to fill gaps in the institutional record by seeking material documenting student life, the university's place and role in the larger social and cultural context within Virginia and the United States, and most critically, seek and collect evidence of individuals and groups who are underrepresented in the archive. The University Archivist will understand that collection efforts will seek all formats of material, and will pay special attention to email, websites, and other types of digital records. The archivist may have opportunities to directly supervise student assistants and interns.
Responsibilities: Collection Development- Reporting to the AUL for Archives and Special Collections and located within the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, the University Archivist will provide leadership for the selection, transfer, description, and preservation of official University Records of enduring value. In doing so, the University Archivist will collaborate with a number of individuals, including the University's Records Manager, University Administration, library colleagues, faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The University Archivist may work with a variety of individuals to acquire personal papers and organizational records that document the University of Virginia's history in a broad context.
Access and Discovery-The University Archivist will arrange and describe newly transferred records and papers, including digital material, using ArchiveSpace. In collaboration with colleagues, the archivist will establish priorities for processing as well as make determinations for the level of processing for both incoming transfers and donated material. While looking forward to building the collection, the archivist will work toward improving discoverability of material in a collection backlog. The archivist will maintain consistency and uniform application of processing policies and standards, and will keep an eye on emerging trends and best practices.
Instruction-The University Archivist will be an enthusiastic promoter of using primary source materials in the classroom, and will work with other Special Collections staff and with faculty on developing archival and primary source literacy among students. The archivist will develop resources to support the objectives of classes that focus on collections held in the University Archives, and will seek effective ways to evaluate and assess engagement and learning outcomes.
Outreach-The University Archivist will be the primary promoter and representative of the archives to the University community and to external organizations and individuals. The archivist will collaborate with other staff to curate University history-centered exhibitions, and prepare University-history focused content for a variety of outlets including social media and websites.
Public Service-The University Archivist will have regular hours at the reference desk and will work alongside colleagues in assisting students, faculty, fellows, and scholars with the discovery of appropriate resources for their research needs. The archivist will serve as the primary contact for research inquiries pertaining to University history.
Required Minimum Level of Education: *Degree or Equivalent Experience Required
Required Specific Degree/Training: ALA- accredited MLIS/MIS in library and information science or advanced degree in a relevant discipline with applicable experience.
Required Minimum Level of Experience: Considerable - 4 to 7 years
Required Specific Experience: -Minimum of four years of experience in an archival or special collections environment working directly with collections. -Experience in appraisal, processing, reference, and outreach activities.
Preferred Minimum Level of Experience: Some - up to 4 years
Preferred Specific Experience: -Experience working with University Archives, web archiving, and digital repositories. -Supervisory experience. -Experience with instruction.
Preferred License or Certification: -Archival certification.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: -Ability to work with born digital material and to preserve digital formats. -Excellent project management skills. -Outstanding interpersonal and collaborative skills.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: -Knowledge of Archivematica or similar digital archiving tool. -Knowledge of ePADD. -Knowledge of Avalon media system. -Knowledge of basic records management best practices.
Required Computer Applications: Microsoft Office
Preferred Computer Applications: -Experience with ArchivesSpace (or Archon, Archivists Toolkit) and Aeon preferred. -Experience with Archive-It or similar web archiving tool.
Internal Number: 353_84047
About University of Virginia
Founded by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia opened in 1825 as the nation's first public university. A longstanding dedication to preeminence in both scholarship and teaching; top ranking in global satisfaction, collegiality and work/family issues on the COACHE survey of early career faculty; a commitment to excellence that is integrally connected with diversity and a broad array of benefits make the University of Virginia a prime choice for both faculty and staff. The University of Virginia is located in the small cosmopolitan city of Charlottesville near the Blue Ridge Mountains, 70 miles from Richmond and 110 miles from Washington, D.C. The University of Virginia remains the No. 2 best public university in the 2013 edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings. In the 14 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, U.Va. has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2. U.Va. continues to rank in the Top 25 among the best of all national universities, public and private.