Project Archivist, Columbia University


Location: United States, New York, New York
Job Types: Professional
Categories: Entry Level
Archives/ Records Management
The Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Applications will be accepted immediately and until the position is filled; however, applications submitted before October 15, 2008 will receive priority consideration.

Posting Date: 08-22-2008
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Requisition Number: 0000064
Department: Libraries (700 – 797)
Department Number: 700-795,036,208
Location: Morningside

Summary Description:
The Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library is searching for an archivist to process the papers of Meyer M. Schapiro (1904-1996), the esteemed Columbia professor who personified art history at Columbia for more than five decades; a man whose expertise ranged from Romanesque sculpture to contemporary art, and is credited with redefining both the demands and the ambitions of the discipline. This position will be funded for a period of 19 months from the date of hire with the possibility of extension. Reporting to the Curator of Manuscripts and University Archivist, the Project Archivist will be responsible for the oversight of arrangement and description and appropriate archival housing; identifies and refers items as necessary for conservation treatment; prepare and edit a finding aid and other descriptive access tools; participates in implementation of EAD for encoded finding aids. The project archivist coordinates the activities of work-study students that are assigned to assist with arrangement and description of manuscript and archival collections; assigns tasks and monitors pace and direction of work; maintains schedule and meets deadlines. Submits regular reports on manuscript and archival processing; supports and participates in reference and public service.

One of the world’s leading research universities, Columbia provides outstanding opportunities to work and grow in a unique intellectual community. Set in the Morningside Heights academic village, Columbia also presents the unmatched dynamism, diversity and cultural richness of New York City. The University Libraries, grounded in collections of remarkable depth and breadth, are also building extensive electronic resources and services. The Libraries at Columbia are committed to collegiality, professionalism, innovation and leadership.

We offer a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience and excellent benefits including 100% Columbia tuition exemption for self and family and assistance with University housing. Columbia will also pay 50% tuition for your dependent child who is a candidate for an undergraduate degree at another accredited college or university.

Minimum Degree Required: MLS or PhD or equivalent

Minimum Qualifications:
All applicants MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered for the position.
=M.L.S. from an ALA-accredited library school or Graduate degree in history or related discipline
=One to two years experience arranging and describing archival collections in a historical or academic repository (or the equivalent combination of education and experience);
=Familiarity with DACS, APPM, EAD, MARC, LCSH, AACR2, and other LC cataloging standards;
=Familiarity with automated library information management systems, such as Endeavor/Voyager and online union catalogs such as RLIN or OCLC;
=Knowledge of basic preservation and conservation standards for archival and manuscript collections;
=Familiarity with the application of Greene and Meissner processing techniques;
=A demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
=Excellent organizational skills, accuracy, and attention to detail;
=Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a production-oriented, team environment;
=Ability to work quickly, efficiently, and meet project goals and deadlines

Preferred Qualifications:
=Background in art history;
=Experience arranging large, complex collections;
=Supervisory experience


Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employeer.


Date Posted: 2008-09-18
Source: Employer Website

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