Monday, November 29, 2010

Records Manager/Digital Resources Archivist

Williams College Libraries seeks a creative, service-oriented and technologically skilled archivist to galvanize the college’s records management program and help shape the libraries’ role in college-wide initiatives to manage the campus’s intellectual property.  As a small liberal arts college library we value collegiality, collaboration and working one-on-one with members of the campus community.  The Records Manager/Digital Resources Archivist reports to the College Archivist/Special Collections Librarian and is an active member of the department. This is a full-time, 12-month administrative staff position.


The Records Manager/Digital Resources Archivist works with college offices, departments and committees to identify, evaluate and preserve college records of continuing administrative, legal, fiscal and historical value.  S/he surveys records, institutes efficient record keeping practices and, in conjunction with college officials and the College Archivist, creates and updates retention and disposition schedules.  S/he collects and maintains college records, in all formats, according to national standards.

The Records Manager/Digital Resources Archivist identifies and collects other digital assets that document the intellectual, cultural and creative output of the college, and oversees digitization of materials from the collections of the College Archives.  S/he evaluates, recommends and implements standards-based methods for effective management of electronic records, access to digital resources, and digital preservation policies and procedures.

As a member of Williams College Archives & Special Collections, this individual provides reference and research support to faculty, students, staff and visiting scholars, and shares responsibility with Chapin Library and College Archives colleagues in staffing the reading room.  Additional responsibilities may include participating in the hiring, training and supervision of student assistants, serving as collection development library liaison to an academic department, and serve on library and campus committees.

ALA-accredited Master's degree in library, archives or information studies, and 3-5 years of applicable professional experience.

Demonstrated knowledge of archival and records management principles and practices, and experience acquiring and managing records.  Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with discretion.

Demonstrated experience with digital imaging, current metadata and digital object standards, and digital asset management tools.  Knowledge of intellectual property rights.

Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.  The ability to build and sustain relationships with key constituencies of the academic community.

Ability to work independently and take initiative while working collaboratively in a team environment.  Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail, enthusiasm for problem-solving, ability to set priorities and manage projects.

Knowledge of and commitment to the values of a liberal arts education.  Demonstrated user-oriented approach to service.  An appreciation of a highly-engaged faculty, staff, student, and alumni population.

Ability to lift 25 lb boxes.


Experience working in an archives or records management position in higher education.

Experience with the management of electronic records or electronic content management systems, digital preservation, and Web programming.

For optimal consideration, please submit your application by Dec. 13, 2010.  Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.  Job #300692-P

Send a cover letter and resume including Job# to:
Office of Human Resources, Williams College  
100 Spring Street, Suite 201, Williamstown, MA  01267
Phone: (413) 597-3129, e-mail:

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive.

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