Advertised Employing Department: University Library
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
Iowa State University Library is currently seeking a Project Archivist to oversee an NHPRC grant funded project to migrate electronic finding aids. This position will perform activities to improve intellectual control over and access to Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) archival collections, and supervise a student assistant. Under general direction of the Collections Archivist, the NHPRC Project Archivist (Library Associate I) will migrate electronic finding aids into an EAD-compliant archives management system (CuadraSTAR's SKCA) while working collaboratively with the archives team and drafting related policies and procedures.
Responsibilities include managing the project; training, supervising, and evaluating a .25 FTE student; performing quality control and testing; migrating finding aids (primarily the larger and more complex); assigning controlled vocabulary; linking digital objects to records; and identifying when revisions are necessary and performing or allocating revisions. The Library Associate I will work collaboratively with other archivists to address problems, and draft policies and procedures related to the migration of the finding aids to the archives management system (CuadraSTAR’s SKCA).
The position involves many repetitive tasks and workflows which require a high degree of concentration and accuracy. The successful candidate will have the ability to work independently and collaboratively, creatively, and effectively as a part of a team; interact effectively with library staff; communicate effectively (written and oral); problem-solve; focus during repetitive work and pay attention to detail and accuracy; balance efficiency with accuracy; and work independently with limited supervision.
ISU students, staff, and faculty strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society. Library staff must embrace an environment of inclusion that moves beyond simple tolerance to recognizing the richness in individual identities of people, and diverse perspectives.
Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree and 1 year of related experience.
Preferred Education and Experience:
Special Collections and/or Archives experience.
Project management experience, including time management.
Work experience or training with archival description and finding aids, including associated standards such as Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), and Encoded Archival Description (EAD).
Experience with an archival management system, such as CuadraSTAR’s SKCA or ArchivesSpace.
Special Collections and/or Archives education.
Experience creating Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) compliant finding aids
Iowa State University is a premier land grant institution located in Ames in the heart of Iowa. Ames celebrates all four seasons and activities to accompany each of them. Ski venues, golf courses, aquatic centers and orchards are plentiful. Ames has over 30 parks (encompassing 750 acres), 13 park shelters, dog parks and miles of bicycle and walking trails. As of the 2010 Census, the Ames population was nearly 59,000, and in 2014, CNN Money placed Ames at no. 8 on the list of top 50 best small cities in the country. Ranked no. 4 on the list of 100 Smartest Cities in America Study, no surprise that Ames and surrounding school districts are recognized nationally for quality education, low teacher-student ratios, and reading and math proficiency.
Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation, ISU is one of three Iowa Regent's institutions. Over 16,000 employees serve a population of over 34,000 students. Iowa State is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the University Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA). Librarians teach the required-for-graduation Library 160 course, have subject responsibility in all college course areas and are readily available to assist students, faculty and staff with research pursuits.
The campus boasts amenities like Art on Campus, a collection of over 2,000 works of public art, including Grant Wood's largest murals located in Parks Library and many pieces by Sticks, Inc., founded by renowned artist and Ames native Sarah Grant. Collegerank.net lists the William Robert Parks and Ellen Sorge Parks Library at no. 16 on the list of the 50 Most Amazing College Libraries.
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Guaranteed Consideration Date: 04/02/2017
Proposed End Date or Length of Term: May 31, 2019 (non-negotiable)
Posting Number: 70071P