Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Processing Archivist For The Critical Theory Archive

The University of California, Irvine Libraries seeks a knowledgeable, skilled professional for the position of Processing Archivist for the Critical Theory Archive in the Department of Special Collections and Archives. This full-time temporary position will be for 24 months from the date of hire.

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Head of Special Collections & Archives and University Archivist, the Processing Archivist for the Critical Theory Archive works collaboratively within the department to determine appropriate approaches to preparing collections for use. The Processing Archivist implements uniform arrangement and description standards and ensures that collections are efficiently, effectively, and appropriately processed.  The Processing Archivist implements archival management of records in electronic formats. The Processing Archivist uses the Archivists’ Toolkit to create EAD-encoded finding aids for contribution to the Online Archive of California. The Processing Archivist may supervise part-time students and staff, and may also serve on the Department's reference desk.



  • A graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution, or a graduate degree in archival studies, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Formal coursework or training in archival management and theory.
  • Experience processing archival collections and preparing finding aids.
  • Familiarity with concepts related to archival management of electronic records.
  • In-depth knowledge of efficient processing procedures, such as those outlined in Greene and Meissner's "More Product, Less Process."
  • Ability to learn new technologies quickly and effectively.
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively within a culturally diverse academic community.

  • Advanced skill in using the Archivists’ Toolkit and encoding finding aids using Encoded Archival Description.
  • Experience processing scholarly archives.
  • Knowledge of the fields within and related to critical and cultural theory.
  • Experience supervising archival processing assistants.
  • Experience working with electronic records.
The Critical Theory Archive

The Critical Theory Archive holds the scholarly archives of major figures who have worked in the fields included under the loosely defined rubric of "critical theory." The existence of the Archive recognizes the key role that scholars at UC Irvine have played in the development of the field since the 1970s and the significance of Critical Theory in UCI's academic programs. The theorists whose papers are held in the Archive represent various schools of thought, including Deconstruction (Jacques Derrida, Paul de Man, and Eugenio Donato), Reader-Reception Theory (Stanley Fish and Wolfgang Iser), Political Philosophy (Richard Rorty and Etienne Balibar) and Anglo-American Criticism (Ihab Hassan, Murray Krieger, and René Wellek). While the central focus of the Critical Theory Archive is to collect the personal papers of distinguished theorists, it also includes a selection of editions, including translations, of the published monographs by the scholars whose papers are held.

The Department of Special Collections and Archives

Special Collections and Archives houses the UCI Libraries' collections of manuscripts and archives, rare books, and notable subject collections. Archival collecting areas of particular strength and distinction include regional history (emphasizing Orange County and Southern California), the Southeast Asian Archive, the Critical Theory Archive (including the papers of Jacques Derrida, Wolfgang Iser, Paul de Man, and others), the University Archives (documenting the UC Irvine campus), dance and the performing arts (including the papers of Robert Cohen and choreographers Donald McKayle and Eugene Loring), and distinguished UCI faculty (including Noble Laureates Frederick Reines and Sherwood Rowland).

The UCI Libraries

The UCI Libraries are committed to innovation and excellence and are in a major period of change.  The Libraries consist of the Langson Library, the Ayala Science Library, the Library Gateway Study Center, and the Grunigen Medical Library.  These buildings contain over 3,600 public seats for study and research and provide more than 600 public access computers.  The UCI Libraries have a staff of approximately 140 FTE plus approximately 30 student assistant FTE.  The library collection consists of over 3.4 million volumes and over 86,000 journals and serial titles and an aggressively expanding electronic resources collection.  The UCI Libraries are a member of the:  Association of Research Libraries (ARL), California Digital Library (CDL), HathiTrust Digital Library, Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Coalition of Networked Information (CNI), Digital Library Federation (DLF), Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance (PRDLA), and International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

University of California, Irvine

The University of California, Irvine, is nestled in over 1,500 acres of coastal foothills, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, between San Diego and Los Angeles.  Founded in 1965, UCI has more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students and about 1,100 faculty.  Nearly 67% of UCI students identify themselves as Asian American, African American, Chicano/Latino, or Native American.  The University offers graduate degrees in more than 100 academic disciplines and interdisciplinary programs in addition to the M.D. and J.D.  UCI’s academic programs are ranked nationally among the top universities; several doctoral programs are ranked in the top ten.

Librarians at the University of California Irvine are academic appointees. 

Salary & Benefits:  Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Preferred appointment level is $47,544 - $70,956 (Assistant Librarian I – Librarian I).

Librarians are entitled to two days per month of annual leave, thirteen paid holidays, and one day per month sick leave.  The University has an excellent retirement system and offers a variety of group health, life, and disability insurance plans.  Benefits are equal to approximately 40% of salary.

Consideration will be given to applicants with a wide range of years of experience, including qualified early career librarians.

Deadline for Applications:  Applications received by March 28, 2013 will receive first consideration, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

To ApplyElectronic applications are preferred.  Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position should send their application materials including: cover letter; complete résumé; and the names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three references, with a statement of each reference's professional relationship to the applicant, to: 

E-mail: libhr@uci.edu
Library Human Resources
UC Irvine, P.O. Box 19557
Irvine, CA 92623-9557
Confidential fax:  (949) 824-3270

Upon application, candidates should be in possession of proof of their legal right to employment in the U.S.  In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, verification of legal right to work will be required between the time of final selection and hiring, and is absolutely essential in ultimately being hired.

This position description is listed on the UCI Libraries Web site at http://www.lib.uci.edu/about/jobs/librarian-vacancies.html with links to additional Web sites featuring campus and community information.

The University of California, Irvine is an equal opportunity employer
committed to excellence through diversity.

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