Sound Archives, Special Collections, Visual Materials
The American Heritage Center of the University of Wyoming is seeking an Assistant Reference Archivist with primary responsibility for photo and audio-visual requests, who is a creative, dynamic, articulate, and out-going professional. Position is part of the Reference Services unit.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Professional Practice: Supports the academic mission of the University of Wyoming. The Assistant Archivist serves as the primary contact for photo and audio-visual research inquiries; keeps informed of available technology, and actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate function; Performs general reference service for the American Heritage Center patrons and works at least one half-day shift per week on the reading room desk. Provides tours and cooperates with other archivists to teach research and information literacy skills to students to support UW’s general education curriculum.
The successful candidate will have the ability to work well under pressure, work well in a team-environment; demonstrate self-confidence, and professional creativity. As a faculty archivist, the candidate will be engaged in collection development, donor relations, public programs, research and/or creative activity, University and professional service. The candidate will supervise part-time workers, and will assist in basic repair/maintenance of A/V equipment.
Other duties as assigned. The position reports to the Manager of Reference Services.
MA, MLS, MLIS, or equivalent.
Demonstrated knowledge and existing work experience with historical documents with emphasis on photographic and audio-visual collections
Knowledge of scanning software (such as Photoshop), scanning equipment, printers and common audio, film and video playback equipment
Knowledge of archives collections/practices and reference duties
Demonstrated interpersonal and time management skills
Demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
Familiarity and experience with photo and audio-visual formats, history, and preservation concerns.
Experience working with historical materials
Experience providing reference services, instruction, and tours.
Excellent communication, interpersonal, problem solving, and organizational skills
Demonstrated understanding of archival principles and practices.
Demonstrated capacity for (or evidence of) service and scholarship consistent with the requirements of faculty archivists at the AHC.
MA, MLS/MLIS, or equivalent
Experience providing reference services with photographic and audio-visual materials, and in a reading room setting
Experience teaching information literacy in an archival setting and providing repository tours
Evidence of professional leadership
Commitment to active participation in regional and national organizations, presentation of papers and submission of articles, and continuing education.
The AHC is responsible for maintaining the University's Archives, and for collecting, preserving, and disseminating the historical documentation of select aspects of cultural heritage at the local, state, national, and even international levels. Our mission is to support the administrative and educational curriculum of the University by enabling historical research and interpretation across a broad spectrum of interests and disciplines. We meet these mandates through acquisition, stewardship, accessibility, service, instruction, exhibition, outreach, digitization, and collaborative programmatic activities.
The University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center supports the mission of the University by sharing unique aspects of American history and cultural heritage with the UW community, faculty, staff, and campus organizations, and by making these resources available to citizens of Wyoming and to diverse global audiences. The AHC strives to make this history and cultural heritage readily accessible through a variety of platforms that foster both individual and group discovery to promote and enhance scholarly research and inquiry, curriculum development, and continuing education.