Monday, October 29, 2012

Archivist for Collections Management

The J. Murrey Atkins Library at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is seeking an informed, collaborative, user-oriented professional committed to revealing archival collections using technology. The successful candidate will represent J. Murrey Atkins Library in the Special Collections Department managing and supervising collection management functions, including setting policies, procedures, workflows and guidelines for all processing activities.

The Special Collections Department at Atkins Library has three sections: the Special Collections  section, the Digital Programs and Collections section and the Digital Scholarship Lab section.  This Department collects, preserves, curates, creates and disseminates archival and digital content for research; and supports the Library and University mission of advancing intellectual discovery by connecting people with knowledge.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a rapidly growing research intensive University offering over 25,000 students a variety of undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs in seven academic colleges. UNC Charlotte’s Atkins Library is a comprehensive research library with over 42,000 serial titles and an annual budget of over $10 million.

UNC Charlotte is located in the largest city in North Carolina, a beautiful southern city of 600,000 with over 1.5 million in the greater metropolitan area, and the second largest banking center in the nation in one of the fastest growing regions in the country.  Located on a 1,000 acre wooded campus, the University is accessible to the city's performing arts and cultural and sports events and to recreational lakes.

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or Master’s degree in the Humanities or Social Sciences with archival-related coursework or professional development.
  • Minimum of three years of experience working with manuscript or archival collections in multiple formats.

  • Knowledge of archival theory and practice and technological applications related to archives, special collections, and records management.
  • Broad understanding of emerging trends in  archival practice and digital technologies.
  • Knowledge of metadata standards and schema including but not limited to DACS, EAD, MODS, METS, Dublin Core, etc.
  • Familiarity with LC classification and subject headings.
  • Aptitude for learning new technologies and metadata standards.

  • Manages the accessioning program and tracks donor correspondence for accessions.
  • Coordinates with Digital Programs Archivist for the accessioning, arrangement, and description of born digital records.
  • Ensures appropriate archival housing for collections.
  • Identifies potential archival collections and collaboratively reviews collection policies.
  • Collaborates with the Digital Programs Archivist and other relevant members of the Library and University community to develop digital content from collection materials.
  • Maintains statistics, reports, and other metrics to improve collection management functions.
  • Coordinates basic preservation activities for archival material in multiple formats.
  • Coordinates with the Digital Programs Archivist to manage the use and technical service functions of archival database(s), such as Archivists’ Toolkit.
  • Manages arrangement and description functions, including setting policies, procedures, workflows, and guidelines for all processing activities regardless of format.
  • Manages and directs creation of finding aids and coordinates with Digital Programs Archivist to manage workflow to upload records into library online catalog and other discovery tools, adhering to regional and national best practices and standards for description including DACS, EAD, and other relevant schema.
  • Creates informational content about archival collections in print, on the web and using social media.
  • Provides reference and research services to the University community in a variety of mediums including instruction.
  • Participates in professional activities and in library and university faculty governance.
  • Supports and participates in other work of the department as assigned.

 Full-time (Work schedule may include evenings and weekends)
Reports to: Associate University Librarian for Special Collections
Excellent benefits package
Salary: (competitive and dependent upon relevant experience and abilities.)

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The following Application Materials must be attached to your electronic submission:
  • Cover letter,
  • Resume
  • Names (including titles and company/institutions), addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least 3 professional references.

 The Search Committee will not contact references without contacting the candidate first and verifying permission.

The review of applications will begin immediately. Apply as soon as possible for full consideration. Appointment requires successful completion of background check. Members of minority groups and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply for this position. AA/EOE

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