Archives Management, College & University Archives
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The Bioethics Research Library (BRL) is an in-depth research library supporting academic goals for the study of bioethics on all levels of instruction and at all three campuses in a digital, scholarly environment. The BRL provides essential core and rare resources for the study of bioethics -- both historical and contemporary -- covering ethical, legal, public policy and social aspects of advances in medicine, science, and technology. It curates extensive archival materials pertinent to bioethics policy, particularly at the U.S. federal level, in digital and/or print format. Staff members provide reference and instruction on the use of the collections and other non-Georgetown resources.
The Archivist/Reference Librarian will have a demonstrated commitment to making rare and archival materials accessible as well as experience providing reference service in a specialized subject.
This role is vital in developing and sustaining collaborative relationships with faculty, students, and staff in support of campus teaching, learning, research, and student success and participating in outreach and programming to engage students, faculty, and staff.
The Archivist/Reference Librarian reports to the Associate University Librarian, Scholarly Resources and Services in the Georgetown University Library who, in consultation with the Director of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, ensures that the Archivist/Reference Librarian is achieving the goals and objectives jointly established for this position. The Archivist/Reference Librarian collaborates closely with the Program and Reference Specialist and Technical Services Manager in the Bioethics Research Library. In addition, the Archivist/Reference Librarian will work with: librarians, archivists, and staff at the Georgetown University Library; faculty, staff, and visiting researchers at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics; and students and others who use the Bioethics Research Library.
Duties include but are not limited to:
Preserve, process, and develop the archival collections of the Bioethics Research Library
Survey unprocessed collections to create comprehensive processing plans
Create DACS-compliant finding aids in ArchivesSpace
Re-house collections as needed and identify any preservation concerns
Ensure that all goals for processing are met in a timely fashion
Provide reference service for archival and circulating collections in the Bioethics Research Library
Analyze and interpret the information needs of faculty, staff, students, visiting researchers and others using the Bioethics Research Library
Recommend and direct users to appropriate sources of information
Donor outreach and relations
Work with the Director of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics to develop, cultivate, and steward relationships with donors and secure gifts of materials that align with collection development policies
Promote the archival collections to faculty, students, donors, researchers, and others to encourage creative initiatives and foster new knowledge
Support program development
Work with KIE faculty and staff and BRL staff to support existing programs and to develop new programs
Professional Contributions and Development
Maintain professional associations through organizations at the regional, national and/or international level
Continually acquire new knowledge and update skills to enhance professional performance in all areas of responsibility
Keep abreast of developments, trends, and issues in the library field.
Monitor trends and maintain currency in areas of archives, reference, Bioethics, and other areas related to the position
ALA-accredited MLS with emphasis on archives (or experience equivalent to an archives concentration)
Minimum 2 years of professional experience working in a special collections or archival repository, preferably in a university environment
Experience providing reference and research services, preferably in a university environment
Firm understanding of archival theory and practice, including national standards for archival materials, such as DACS and EAD
Working knowledge of ArchivesSpace or other archival management system
Knowledge of or familiarity with other relevant standards, such as Dublin Core
Demonstrated ability to work individually and collaboratively in a team environment
Excellent organizational skills, accuracy, and attention to detail
Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
Ability to meet strict deadlines
Interest in the field of bioethics
Experience processing large archival collections
Experience working on archival digitization projects
Experience providing reference service to faculty and visiting researchers
Experience hiring and supervising students
Proven success in fundraising and/or obtaining grants
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