Note: I did a summer fellowship with the folks in Tech Services at Prints & Photographs and they are a wonderful group of people to work with! The position has a strong archives focus, but a background in art/art history is highly valued. Federal applications can be daunting and confusing, but I’d be happy to offer some tips and pointers for surviving the process.
This position is located in the Technical Services Section of Prints & Photographs Division, Library Services, which acquires, organizes, describes, preserves, and makes available for research use a wide variety of original and historical visual materials in both physical and digital formats.
The incumbent works alone or with a team to prepare collections for service. This processing work involves archival arrangement, bibliographic description, inventory control, and collections management tasks such as recognizing different visual formats, sorting and labeling, foldering and boxing, performing digital reformatting and quality review, and entering pertinent information into inventory databases and library catalogs according to standard procedures.
Incumbent applies numerous established practices in processing materials, consisting of original and historical visual formats including photographic prints and negatives, fine and historical prints, documentary and architectural design drawings, posters, cartoons, and digital files. Recognizes various types of material in order to receive, accession, sort, and arrange collections in different ways (e.g., by format, alphabetic, chronologic, geographic, or numeric). Prepares material for use and storage by performing basic filing, archival housing, hand-marking, automated labeling, barcoding, and shelving tasks. Consults about material that is duplicate, extraneous, or in need of evaluation for special preservation treatment.
Performs collection management activities for a variety of material, including pulling and re-filing, transferring material to and from off-site storage, keeping stack location guides up to date, preservation stabilization such as replacing worn folders and boxes, relabeling, marking for identification and security, shelf reading, and collection shifting.
Prepares a variety of material for digital and other reformatting by counting items, transporting to duplication service, and reviewing duplicated images for adherence to established quality standards.
Compiles and maintains records of processing activities and completes appropriate forms for statistical reports.
Performs a sequence of detailed routines in searching online databases to identify what physical and digital items are in the division’s care and helps track where they are. Compiles and enters information in automated and manual systems for inventories, container lists, or other kinds of finding aids using box and folder information and other data gathered during processing or provided by senior staff. Prepares preliminary access or inventory records for single items or collections using judgment to apply a substantial number of established procedures of the division to capture call numbers, creator names, titles, dates, and physical description. Searches online and print resources to research and verify information including place names and creator names. Proofs records to ensure accuracy and updates data as needed. Determines the correctness of data within the appropriate fields. Identifies duplicated entries.
Develops and maintains a good working knowledge of microcomputer operations and of designated microcomputer software packages for word processing, database management, statistical compilations, and bibliographic production.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.
Ability to use computerized input and search tools. **
Knowledge of library processes and procedures.**
Knowledge of visual materials in library collections.**
Ability to plan work and meet deadlines.
Ability to communicate and interact with others.
Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.
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