The University of Maine Library is seeking an Archivist/Special Collections Librarian to work in its Special Collections Department, the holdings of which constitute one of the major resources for research on Maine History. This is a 12-month, full-time position, with an excellent benefits package. The anticipated starting salary range is $40,461 – $45,000, depending on qualifications. Evening and weekend hours will be required. Further information is available at (insert link to HR posting for this job).
Responsibilities and Duties: Processing archival collections; writing, editing, and reformatting archival finding aids and cataloging records; advising and instructing Special Collections’ users on available resources; contributing to digital library projects, exhibits, and outreach activities, and other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: An ALA-accredited MLS, Master’s degree in Archives, or other appropriate field that included courses in Archives. Familiarity with archival descriptive standards. Experience processing archival collections, encoding finding aids in EAD, and preparing collection-level cataloging records. Ability to lift 30-50 pound boxes. Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with a diverse staff and clientele. Must be eligible to accept employment in the United States. Appropriate background checks will be conducted. Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of Maine History; experience providing public service; familiarity with new digital applications that could be used to enhance access to archival collections.
To Apply: Review of applications will begin January 6, 2014. To apply, send cover letter and resume, names and contact information for three references, and a copy of an archival finding aid that you have written to Karen Stewart, Office of the Dean of Libraries, 5729 Fogler Library, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5729, fax: 207-581-1594, or email to Karen.Stewart@maine.edu.
The University of Maine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
TITLE: Archivist – Special Collections Librarian
DEPARTMENT: Fogler Library
DATE: October 30, 2013
REPORTS TO: Head of Special Collections
Purpose: To support the instructional, research, and public service functions of the University. This position focuses on facilitating access to the holdings of Special Collections for on-site and off-site researchers.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
- Organizes archival collections; prepares new and enhances existing archival finding aids and cataloging records.
- Encodes finding aids in EAD and submits them to regional and national databases.
- Interviews on-site and off-site users: students, faculty, staff and the public. Then advises and instructs them on the resources available to support their research.
- Promotes the archival collections with articles, exhibits, and social media.
- Contributes to digital library projects at Fogler Library as well as regional and national projects.
- Recommends and implements policies and procedures to enhance intellectual access to Special Collection and to facilitate increased use of its holdings.
- Schedules, directs and supervises student personnel.
- Recommends collections to acquire to strengthen the holdings as well as materials to weed from the holdings.
- Performs other reasonably related duties as assigned.
Knowledge & Skill Qualifications: Has the education typically associated with ALA-accredited MLS or a Master’s degree in Archives or other appropriate field. Experience processing archival collections. Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with a diverse staff and clientele. Familiarity with EAD (Encoded Archival Description)., DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard); and archival cataloging in MARC. Ability to lift 30-50 pound occasionally. Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of Maine History. . Experience providing public service. Experience processing large archival collections.
Supervisory Responsibility: Responsible for directing and overseeing the work of student assistants.
Work Environment: Most work is performed in a Library Annex building separate from the main library building. However, the position will require regular hours in the Special Collections reading room. The work will sometimes require shifting from one task or project to another on short notice in order to accommodate library patrons. The evolution of information technology results in regular changes in the methodologies for providing intellectual access to materials, the format of access aids, and the means of communicating with off-site researchers.
Work Year: Full-time, fiscal (12-month).
Work Schedule: Normal University of Maine business hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Due to the nature of the position, work beyond regular hours (to include evenings and weekends) will be necessary to meet the requirements of the position. The employee shall establish regular office hours and in consultation with the supervisor, adjust the work schedule as appropriate.
Position Type: On-going, base budgeted.
Schedule for Evaluation: In Accordance with UMPSA Agreement.
Job Family/Salary Grade: 12/4
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