Sunday, October 14, 2007

Pictorial Stabilization Project Archivist

University of California, Berkeley Pictorial Stabilization Project Archivist - Three Year Appointment The Bancroft Library

Hiring Range: Associate Librarian I - Associate Librarian III
$44,736 - $51,216 per annum, based upon qualifications

The Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley is seeking a Project Archivist to process photographic negative collections, plan and execute a major collection move into a new cold storage facility, and participate in long term preservation reformatting planning for photographic collections. This is a temporary, three-year appointment. The successful candidate will have demonstrated skills in arrangement and description of archival materials, knowledge of and experience with film-based archival photograph collections, excellent written and oral communication skills, strong project management skills, and have demonstrated proficiency at meeting goals and deadlines.


The Project Archivist will be responsible for arranging and describing 20th century photographic collections as part of The Bancroft Library’s Pictorial Stabilization Project. With an emphasis upon film-based negatives and transparencies, primary efforts will be directed to preservation housing, planning efficient space use in a new 1200 square foot cold storage facility, and formulating and executing procedures for collection transfer into this facility. The Project Archivist will assist in further developing and applying systematic collections appraisal criteria to prioritize future preservation reformatting efforts.Planning efforts will encompass all of the Library’s film negative holdings, while archival arrangement and description efforts will focus on a few large collections, including the photographic archives of Thérèse Bonney (1897-1978) and the San Francisco Bay Area photographs of Mose Cohen (1884-1975). In addition to arrangement and preservation housing, these selected collections will be described to the series or file level in archival finding aids created by the Project Archivist.

The Project Archivist will work under the general supervision of the Principal Archivist for Pictorial Collections, and will supervise student library employees and/or interns. The Project Archivist will work in consultation with the Curator for Pictorial Collections in analysis of the collections for prioritization. The Project Archivist will also work with the Digital Collections Unit to complete EAD encoding of resultant finding aids and their delivery to the Online Archive of California.
- MLS from an ALA-accredited institution, or equivalent degree with a specialization in archival studies.
- Demonstrated understanding of archival collections and principles of arrangement and description.
- Knowledge of preservation principles in relation to photographic collections.- Strong written and oral communication skills.
- Familiarity with Encoded Archival Description.
- Familiarity with MARC data elements.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, including Word and Access.

- Previous archival project management experience.
- Undergraduate degree in history (especially US or Western US history).
- Knowledge of photography.
- Experience with photographic negative archives.

Deadline: Consideration will be given to applications received by November 12, 2007.

The Library at the University of California, Berkeley is committed to the support and encouragement of a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive and imaginative contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity.

Professional librarians at UC Berkeley are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This position is in the bargaining unit.

Librarians are entitled to appropriate professional leave, two days per month of vacation leave, one day per month of sick leave, and all other benefits granted to non-faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits. Relocation assistance is provided.

Applicants should apply in writing, including with their letter a complete statement of qualifications, a full resume of their education and relevant experience, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references who are knowledgeable about their qualifications for this position.

Send applications to:

Barbara Kornstein
Academic Personnel Specialist
Library Human Resources Department
110 The Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Or FAX to: 510-642-8675

Applications received via email preferred.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity,
Affirmative Action Employer
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