Project Archivist - Catonsville, MD - USA

January 9, 2009 on 5:02 pm | In Job Postings |

Project Archivist

Posting Date: 1/7/09

We seek a motivated, dynamic, and talented part-time project archivist to manage a project to process a selection of our University Archives holdings, including the records of the President, Provost, Dean of Arts and Sciences, the University Senates, Institutional Advancement, and Institutional Research.  The successful candidate will be committed to and creative in planning, organizing, and carrying out archival activities related to irreplaceable documents of the University.  

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Working in a collegial environment, the archivist will arrange and describe selected holdings from the University Archives, maintain archives databases, and participate in the processing, preservation, digitization, and description of the University Archives holdings. Primary duties will include processing selected collections using the University Archives procedures as developed by the University Archivist, implementing access and preservation strategies using PastPerfect, identifying the historical strengths and weaknesses in the holdings, and supervising graduate and undergraduate student assistants.  The Project Archivist may contribute to building the digital holdings of Special Collections in CONTENTdm through the selection of relevant publications, photographs, or documents during processing.

REQUIREMENTS:
ALA accredited Master’s degree in Library Science by time of appointment.    Additional requirements include: demonstrated ability to maintain long-term project goals and meet deadlines; analytical, organizational, and interpersonal abilities, and excellent oral and written communication skills; demonstrated expertise working in a Windows-based environment; evidence of both professional initiative and flexibility, including the ability to work effectively and collegially with a large and diverse population of faculty, students, and staff; ability to work independently and in a team-based environment.

Preferred:  One year of experience in institutional archives work and knowledge of appraisal, processing, and preservation procedures.  Familiarity with PastPerfect, CONTENTdm, or comparable programs.

CAMPUS CONTEXT:
UMBC, an honors university in Maryland, serves more than 9,400 undergraduates and 2,500 graduate students through a full range of undergraduate programs in the physical and biological sciences, social and behavioral sciences, engineering, mathematics, information technology, humanities and visual and performing arts, as well as 27 master’s degree programs, 21 doctoral degree programs and seven graduate certificate programs. Located just outside Baltimore and 45 minutes from Washington, DC, the campus is growing rapidly under dynamic leadership. The University’s ongoing commitment to strengthen the Library has led to investment in extensive technological development and online resources (http://www.umbc.edu/library) complementing a superb facility enlarged and renovated in 1995, and holding more than 1,000,000 volumes. For more information on UMBC see http://www.umbc.edu.

SALARY, BENEFITS AND TERM OF APPOINTMENT:
Position is a 20 hour per week (half time), 6-month, Visiting Library Faculty appointment at the anticipated rank of Librarian I.  Minimum salary: $16,000 for six months.  Anticipated start date is at conclusion of search, in 2009. 

APPLICATIONS:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For best consideration, please respond by February 3, 2009.  Send letter of application addressing position requirements, resume, and the names and contact information of three references to: Dr. Larry Wilt, Director, Library 353, UMBC, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, Maryland, 21250 or aok@umbc.edu.

UMBC IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

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