Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.
Position Focus: Reporting to the Director of the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, the archivist will make a significant contribution to many of the Archive’s core research, outreach and public service activities, as well as participate in a number of ongoing projects related to migration and enhancement of the Archive’s metadata and digital infrastructure.
These projects will include the management of an effort to standardize time-coded testimony indexes using the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS), participation in a team working to migrate collection metadata to ArchivesSpace, and an ongoing effort to perform quality control on the Archive’s digital assets and prepare them for ingest into the Archive’s digital access system. In all of these projects the archivist will work with Head of Digital Information Systems, the Director of FVAHT, and outside vendors to develop and document project plans, implement those plans in a timely manner, as well as hire, train and supervise student assistants and temporary workers when necessary.
In addition to the above project management work, the archivist assists with public service functions including providing reference service to researchers, coordinates with partner sites and postdoctoral assistants, prepares user support documentation, assists with preparing exhibits, conferences, and bibliographic instruction sessions, as well as develops outreach materials to communicate the goals and progress of the Archive. Participates in the formulation of unit and department policy and procedures by assembling information and drafting policy and procedure memoranda, and by making recommendation of proposed policies and procedures.
The archivist will be expected to participate in Library committees and be professionally active.
Required Education, Skills and Experience:
- Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent accredited degree, with formal training in archival theory and practice. In selected instances, a post-graduate degree in museum studies or a related discipline in the humanities or social sciences may be substituted for a master’s degree in library science. Qualified individuals new to the library profession are welcome to apply.
- Experience arranging and describing or providing public services for manuscript and/or archival collections.
- Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing, team environment. Ability to readily adapt to change. Ability to exercise initiative, sound judgement, creativity and flexibility.
- Ability to manage a variety of tasks and multiple priorities. Logical and enthusiastic approach to work; careful attention to detail.
- Demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and practice may be substituted for formal training.
- Demonstrated knowledge of current national data content and structure standards related to the archival control of collection materials.
- Demonstrated knowledge of archival and library management systems.
- Demonstrated job or school experience with basic preservation and conservation standards for archival and manuscript collections.
- Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications and analytical ability.
- Demonstrated record of designing projects and bringing them to a conclusion in a timely fashion.
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Preferred Education, Skills and Experience: Post-graduate degree in Modern European History, Holocaust Studies or related discipline; fluency in French, Yiddish, German, Hebrew or a Slavic language; experience w/Metadata schemas, archival arrangement & description, collection management; experience w/ArchivesSpace; familiarity w/videotaping formats & preservation; the use of software to edit & repurpose digital moving images.
The University and the Library
The Yale University Library, as one of the world's leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 12.8 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in eighteen buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Center for Science and Social Science Information, and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of approximately five hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers. For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library's web site at www.library.yale.edu.
Manuscripts and Archives is a major center for historical inquiry and also serves as the documentary memory of Yale University. For more information about the department, please consult the website: http://www.library.yale.edu/mssa/.
Salary and Benefits
We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.
How to Apply
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications, consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be submitted by applying online at http://www.yale.edu/jobs. The STARS req. ID for this position is 41151BR.
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