We are pleased to announce an opening for a full-time, one-year term appointment of Project Archivist for the Paul Whiteman Collection with the Special Collections department of the Williams College Libraries. Reporting to the College Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, the Project Archivist will coordinate the processing of the Paul Whiteman Collection and create an Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aid. The Project Archivist will work in consultation with staff from the College Archives and Special Collections to follow processing standards and plans, create standardized descriptions, and ensure consistency and quality for the overall project.
Coordinate the arrangement, appraisal, and description of a large, complex, multi-format manuscript collection
Manage and create descriptive and structural metadata following archival metadata standards
Create an Encoded Archival Description finding aid for entire collection
In coordination with the College Archivist and Digital Resources Archivist, develop a plan for the description of analog audio and video materials and outsourcing for digitization
Provide reference assistance to staff, faculty, students and outside researchers at the Special Collections reference desk
Hire, train, supervise, and develop projects for student assistants
MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution; 1 year related experience; recent graduates are encouraged to apply
Established understanding and knowledge of the principles of archival appraisal, survey, arrangement, description, preservation, and Encoded Archival Description
Direct experience with processing collections and creating EAD finding aids preferred
Demonstrated knowledge of descriptive and structural standards such as MODS, Dublin Core, DACS, LCSH, EAD, and MARC
Demonstrated consistent accuracy and attention to detail while maintaining a very high level of productivity
Knowledge of and commitment to the values of a liberal arts education preferred
Ability to work with the public, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and a commitment to serving students, staff, faculty and the public in a courteous manner
Must be able to lift up to 30 pounds, climb a ladder, stoop and reach in a variety of physical locations
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Job Group 2-F.
Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable.
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