Davidson College seeks a collaborative and innovative Project Archivist for Justice, Equality, Community Archives for a three-year grant-funded position. This archivist will be an active participant in a college-wide project which advances students’ understanding of structural inequalities and addresses the manifestations of justice and equality in various communities through a humanistic lens. In collaboration with the E. H. Little Library’s Research, Teaching, and Collection team, college faculty and staff, and the public at large, the archivist will enhance stewardship of and access to archival materials in order to support increased dialogue and curricular initiatives surrounding justice, equality, and community, beginning with the issue of race and religion at Davidson and in our region. The person in this position will facilitate transdisciplinary interactions in the humanities, promote original student research, and enable Davidson to develop reciprocal relationships and programming with community partners. The Project Archivist may also participate in additional archival and library-wide initiatives. Funding will be provided for professional development to maintain awareness of trends and developments within the various disciplines.
Instruction and Outreach
Work with faculty and staff to integrate materials into humanities courses and civic engagement initiatives in ways that were not previously possible
Create an online presence, including social media, for the Justice, Equality, and Community archives
Develop and present programs to promote collections to the public
Promote avenues for increased original student research in the humanities
Participate in research assistance and instruction for archives and special collections
Identify Davidson College collections for inclusion in the Justice, Equality, and Community digital archives
Locate personal, community, and topical collections and develop partnerships for cooperative digitization projects
Develop policies and procedures for the digitization of project materials in consultation with the Digital Archivist
Manage the creation of administrative, preservation, and access metadata for project collections and oral histories in collaboration with other professionals on campus
Coordinate the digitization of project collections, including the supervision of student workers
Identify and acquire relevant materials for the Justice, Equality, and Community archives, in cooperation with library professionals, faculty, and community partners
Coordinate an engaging oral history program
Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association or Master’s degree in Public History
Formal education in archival theory and practice
Internship, practicum, or experience in an archives, a manuscript repository, or a related entity
Understanding of the evaluation of archival materials for inclusion in a collection
Experience with instruction and/or public programming
Proficiency in facilitating dialogues among numerous stakeholders
Ability to work independently and collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, researchers, donors, and the public and to maintain an attitude of flexibility
Strong commitment to working with diverse groups and underrepresented communities
Academic interest in a field related to the grant, such as American religious history, Africana studies, race relations, gender studies, or indigenous history
Mastery of digitization standards for various media
Familiarity with oral history standards and procedures
Skill with current technologies and social media
Experience using ArchivesSpace software and related metadata cataloging practice
This is a fixed-term, three-year appointment. Anticipated start date: August 2017. Apply by June 19, 2017, for fullest consideration.
Candidates are asked to submit a resume and a cover letter addressing their experience and skills and how these relate to justice, equality, and community. More information about how to submit an application can be found at http://employment.davidson.edu.
Consistently ranked among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, Davidson College is a highly selective, independent liberal arts college located in Davidson, North Carolina, close to the city of Charlotte. Davidson is strongly committed to achieving excellence and cultural diversity, and welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the college's mission.
Davidson College seeks out intellectually curious students who are committed to developing their talents for lives of leadership and service.Small classes enable our renowned faculty to work closely with students, engaging them directly in original research and creative work across the arts, sciences, social sciences, and humanities. In the classroom and beyond, Davidson cultivates students' compassion, creativity, resilience, and moral courage.