PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES Vanderbilt University seeks an innovative and energetic archivist for the position of Curator of Archives Special Collections. Overseeing the accessioning, arrangement, description and preservation of permanent records in textual, architectural, photographic, audio/visual, born-digital, and multimedia formats, the first task of this position will be the implementation of ArchivesSpace at Vanderbilt. Initially, this position will employ this archives information management system to manage all phases of a project to arrange and describe the John L. Seigenthaler Papers which document the private and public life of a journalist, author, political figure, and First Amendment Rights advocate. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Applies professional standards to the processing, arrangement and preservation of records. Oversees the creation of finding aids and the creation of MARC catalog records for OCLC. Creates records in MARC and DACS format for in-house and web databases. Arranges and describes the Seigenthaler Papers (initially) and establishes processes to follow for future collections; spearheads the conversion of existing print finding aids into ArchivesSpace, implement best practices, and provides general guidance for the development and management of archives and special collections at Vanderbilt. Appraises unscheduled institutional records and selectively solicits and appraises private manuscript collections. Contributes to an energetic special collections team in teaching, public engagement, and outreach. Participates in regular schedule of exhibitions. Identifies and applies for grants when applicable to archival projects. Supervises paraprofessionals, students, and volunteers. May work on projects with student interns. Collaborates with IT on institutional repository issues that impact archives. Provides reference service to staff and public.
Vanderbilt University is a center for scholarly research, informed and creative teaching, and service to the community and society at large. Vanderbilt will uphold the highest standards and be a leader in the quest for new knowledge through scholarship, the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and outreach, and the creative experimentation of ideas and concepts. In pursuit of these goals, ...Vanderbilt values most highly intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry, equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.