This position is 40-hours a week, Monday-thru Friday, 9-5PM at Mercy Heritage Center on the Sisters of Mercy Belmont campus. There is an opportunity for two remote days during the work week.
Mercy Archives preserves, relates, and promotes the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas through professional archival, library, heritage, and records management practices. This full-time position will be an integral part of the Mercy Archives team and will work closely with the Mercy Archives Director and the Collections Management Archivist, in providing direct services to sisters, staff, academic and specialized researchers and the public by interpreting, evaluating, and analyzing their reference and research needs. This role will apply knowledge of the archival, library, artifact, and heritage holdings to guide, instruct, or provide information necessary to answer inquiries and to make the collections of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas available for use according to the usage best practices and policies of the Archives department. Fieldwork across the Institute will be a part of this role. As we are a smaller department with limited resources, this position will collaborate, and support other department initiatives and projects as needed.
Master's degree in history, or an ALA-accredited MLIS degree along with formal course work in archives administration or other archival training or experience.
Commitment to special collections and archives research services, including a keen interest in promoting the research use and appreciation of rare and primary source materials.
Three to five years’ experience conducting reference and research services using archival materials.
Ability to maintain professional confidentiality when working with sensitive non-public documents.
Familiarity with intellectual property issues related to archives and special collections.
Knowledge and appreciation of the demands and requirements of research, and the ability to recognize and evaluate the historical value of documents, records and artifacts.
Ability to build relationships and work both independently, collaboratively, proactively, and constructively.
Computer proficiency with a working knowledge of Microsoft applications, scanning software and equipment and image-editing software.
Excellent oral, interpersonal, and written communication skills.
Ability to relate to a broad and diverse clientele.
Ability to manage varying duties and priorities while meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
About Mercy Archives, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
The Archives mission is to collect, preserve, and promote the archival, artifact, heritage and library collections of the international community of Roman Catholic women, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, established in the United States in 1843 from Dublin, Ireland.