Project Archivist, Redwood Library & Athenaeum, Newport, RI
The Redwood Library invites applications for a full-time 12-month archives processing project to be completed between June 2013 and June2014.
Job Summary: Under the general direction of the Assistant Director, and with guidance from the Special Collections Librarian, the Project Archivist has primary responsibilities for processing selected manuscript collections. The project will focus on the collections that are most significant for documenting Newport history, including colonial-era records such as the Gideon Wanton Papers and the Irish, Bailey, Atwood Papers as well as the early nineteenth-century James DeWolf Papers. Other collections might include the records of the Newport Garden Club and the Newport Horticultural Society, the John E. Rovensky Papers, and the Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., Papers.
The Project Archivist is expected to adhere to national standards as well as local practice. This is a full-time 12 month position with benefits and a salary of $42,500. This project is funded by the van Beuren Charitable Foundation.
1. Arrange the collections, house them in appropriate archival containers, and describe them in finding aids according to current archival standards.
2. Use Archivists Toolkit software to manage collection data and finding aids.
3. Export MARC records from Archivists Toolkit, adjust them for local practice, and work with Technical Services Librarian to import them to OCLC.
4. Convert finding aids to Encoded Archival Description and post them to Rhode Island Archival and Manuscript Collections Online (RIAMCO) with links from the Redwood Library web site.
5. Consult with Special Collections Librarian on context for the collections as well as proper handling of materials.
• A DACS-compatible finding aid for each collection that is processed.
• A MARC record for each collection that is processed.
1. MLS/MLIS with concentration in archival studies from an ALA-accredited program.
2. Experience processing manuscript collections gained through internships or paid employment.
3. Knowledge of DACS and EAD.
4. Keen ability to read and interpret manuscript data.
5. Strong attention to detail.
6. Demonstrated ability to complete projects on time.
7. Knowledge of Rhode Island history, colonial history, and early American history preferred.
8. Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisor and other employees.
Work is performed in a library/historic site environment. There is exposure to dust, mold, cleaning solutions, and solvents. The work involves standing, stooping, walking, and some physical effort to lift and move manuscript material.
To apply: Send resume, three professional references, and sample finding aid (either as link or attachment) to Maria Bernier, Assistant Director, at email@example.com or mail to Maria Bernier, Redwood Library & Athenaeum, 50 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840. Application deadline is Thursday, April 25, 2013.