Minimum Training & Experience
Completion of at least the introductory courses in archives principles and practices via an accredited library science program is preferred, or any combination of education, training and experience that provides requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for the position.
The following are normal, but not exclusive or all-inclusive, expectations for this job. Other duties of a similar nature or level may be required as assigned, and job assignments and work schedule are subject to change in the future.
1. Accessions collections of 19th and 20th century personal papers, administrative records and maps;
2. Processes collections, including physical arrangement (sorting, cleaning, boxing labeling) according to archival principals, with re-housing in archival enclosures;
3. Inventories and describes materials, creating collection guides and other basic finding aids with appropriate index terms;
4. Enters appropriate metadata records into ArchivesSpace, our collection management database;
5. Researches people or events covered by a collection;
6. Communicates and works cooperatively with other Heritage Room interns and staff;
7. Writes blog posts for publication on the Library’s website and social media outlets;
8. Attends processing meetings to participate in collective assessment of finding aids and project discussions;
9. Performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
1. Knowledge of basic archival principles and philosophy, including provenance/respect du fonds, arrangement and description;
2. Familiarity with the Dublin Core metadata schema;
3. Personal computer proficiency with Office computer software and databases;
4. Ability to work with people with tact, patience and courtesy and exercise excellent communication skills;
5. Ability to exercise good judgment and make independent and critical decisions using established practices and procedures;
6. Ability to follow detailed instructions;
7. Ability to maintain regular, predictable and punctual attendance;
8. Ability to learn digitization and scanning technologies and best practices for digital preservation including image capture and metadata creation;
9. Knowledge of 19th and 20th century American History;
10. Knowledge of historical sources, including books, indexes, microforms, databases, original records, websites and serials.
11. Physical ability to move or carry objects or materials. Must be able move or carry objects or materials. Must be able to exert up to 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally, &/or up to 10 to 25 pounds force frequently. Physical demand requirements are at levels of those of Medium work.
Submit online job application for this position. Please include a resume, cover letter describing qualifications, and letter of recommendation from an academic advisor or supervisor.
If completing the internship for course credit, the letter should clearly state the program’s internship requirements, including the number of hours required to successfully complete the internship.