Processing and Public Services Archivist
Purdue University in Indiana
|Deadline||Open until filled|
|Date Posted||November 13, 2013|
|Salary||Commensurate with experience|
Purdue University Libraries seeks an energetic and collaborative Processing and Public Services Archivist to oversee and manage collections and reference services for the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center. The Processing and Public Services Archivist directs and supervises archival processing, preservation, digitization, and reference services for the Karnes Center; acquires and develops collections; provides instruction to classes on using primary sources; and develops exhibitions to highlight and promote the collections. This position reports to the Head, Archives and Special Collections Division/Director of the Karnes Research Center.
The Karnes Center (http://www.lib.purdue.edu/spcol) collects, preserves, and provides access to manuscripts, archives, and rare books to support research and learning. Collecting areas of strength include engineering and science, in particular aeronautics and astronautics, transportation and railroads, and time and motion studies; psychoactive substances research; agriculture; economics, business, and management; and Purdue University history as represented in the University Archives and the Susan Bulkeley Butler Women’s Archives.
Duties and Responsibilities: As a member of the Archives and Special Collections Division of the Libraries, the person in this position will have primary responsibility for managing collections within the Karnes Center, including supervision of accessioning, processing, preservation and digitization activities; sets priorities for processing, preservation, and conservation treatment; provides reference services and directs and supervises reference services, including training staff and maintaining usage statistics and service desk schedules; collaborates with cataloging staff to create MARC records for manuscripts and archival collections; acquires and develops collections, including maintaining positive donor relations and purchasing items to grow the reference and rare book collections; provides instruction to classes on use of primary sources, including archival research methods; creates exhibitions.
Requirements: MLS or MIS from an ALA-accredited library school with completion of graduate level course work in archives; two years working in an archives or special collections environment; supervisory experience; experience arranging and describing a wide variety of types of archival materials; experience using EAD, DACs, and MARC descriptive and cataloging standards; familiarity with archival appraisal and accessioning practices; knowledge of preservation methods for archival materials; familiarity with issues related to managing electronic records; experience providing reference services in a library or archives environment; experience using Microsoft Office; experience using Archon, Archivists' Toolkit, or similar archives content management system; strong analytical and decision making skills; excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with ability to establish and maintain professional and effective working relationships with colleagues, faculty, staff, students, donors, and the public; excellent organizational and project management skills; ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced, team environment, including ability to work efficiently to meet goals and deadlines; familiarity with current trends in archival theory and practice; demonstrated commitment to the archives profession.
Desired: Experience working with electronic records or born digital manuscript collections; experience with digitization and metadata creation for archives and special collections.
Environment: The Purdue University Libraries system (http://www.lib.purdue.edu/) includes the divisions of Archives and Special Collections (ASC); Health and Life Sciences (HLS); Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, and Business (HSSEB); and Physical Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PSET). Other areas include Collections Management, Circulation and Repositories, Resource Sharing, Resource Services, Instruction and Digital Program Services, the Research Division/Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2), and Scholarly Publishing Services. The Purdue University Press and the University Copyright Office report to the dean of libraries, and the work of these units is integrated with and into the operations of the Libraries. The staff of 175 includes 70 faculty and professionals.
Purdue Libraries is an active member of state, regional, national, and international associations and consortia, including the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), SPARC, the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), the Digital Library Federation (DLF), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and the International Association of Scientific and Technological University Libraries (IATUL). Purdue Libraries is a founding member of both HathiTrust and DataCite. Purdue was one of four universities that collaborated with Ex Libris, Inc., on its Alma library system, the next generation library management system. Collaboration and partnerships are hallmarks of Purdue Libraries both on and off campus, including partnership with ITaP (Information Technology at Purdue) and the Purdue Office of Research to provide assistance with funder data requirements.
Purdue University (http://www.purdue.edu/), located in West Lafayette, Indiana, in the historic Wabash River valley, is one hour from Indianapolis and two hours from Chicago. Renowned for its programs in engineering, science, agriculture, and business, the University has over 39,500 students and 15,000 employees. Purdue is a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC). Purdue has the second highest enrollment of international students among public U.S. universities. The greater Lafayette area (http://www.homeofpurdue.com/) provides diverse cultural, social, and recreational activities.
Salary and benefits: Salary commensurate with experience in the context of Purdue University’s salary structure. Administrative professional position with a twelve-month appointment. Purdue provides a generous fringe benefits package.
Application process: To apply, submit your application through Purdue University’s employment web site at: www.purdue.edu/hr/careersand reference Job Number 1302603. Please include a cover letter with your application outlining your qualifications for this position. Review of applications will begin December 11th, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions can be directed to: email@example.com. Resumes or CVs sent to this email address cannot be considered. Please put “Processing and Public Services Archivist” in the title of all email correspondence.
Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. A background check is required for this position.