This 2 year position will review, generate a processing plan, and process the Gloria Steinem Papers in the Sophia Smith Collection with the goal of making the collection more accessible and improving description. The project archivist will report to the Head of Technical Services, but collaborate with the Sophia Smith steward and members of Gloria Steinem's team. Items of high research value, including AV, will be identified and digitized. The project archivist may supervise 2 or more students who will assist in the processing work. Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
Processing Archival Collections: (75%) Review the existing Gloria Steinem Papers and generate a processing plan for review by internal and external stakeholders. The project archivist, with student workers they will hire and oversee, will appropriately reorganize materials, rehouse materials, and enhance description of the collection. Should the work be completed before the end of the term position, the project archivist will be assigned to work on other collections that are in the Steinem network, or constellation of collections.
Working with internal and external stakeholders, the project archivist will identify materials of high research value, including AV, for digitization. The project archivist, with support from technical services staff, will generate digitization RFPs, source the RFPs, oversee the packing and shipping, and return of digitized materials. This will require coordination with the digital archivist and metadata archivist.
Work jointly with public services colleagues and special collections stewards in creating training materials for special collections in-person reference services and in training student assistants and relevant staff on procedures. Write, update and maintain training manuals and similar aids to guide student assistant work in collaboration with the Head of Special Collections Public Services.
Collaborate and coordinate with other Smith Libraries’ staff who supervise student assistants. Plan and participate in Libraries wide cross-training for student employees.
Other Duties as Assigned: (5%)
Attend Libraries, Special Collections, and SC Technical Services staff meetings
All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
Requirements Skills / Education
Bachelor’s degree required.
Demonstrated experience with, and knowledge of archival processing required.
Thorough knowledge of archival principles and best practices of archival description required.
Evidence of a strong service orientation and demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse stakeholders required.
Superior skills in interpersonal communications, problem solving, and organization required.
Education in the humanities, museum studies, or history preferred. Knowledge of U.S. history, particularly U.S. women's history of the 20th century, preferred.
A Master's degree in Library Science with a concentration related to archives, or similar, preferred.
Experience training and managing students preferred.
Experience working in ArchivesSpace or another content management system preferred.
Experience working with large collections strongly preferred.
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