Position Overview: Working closely with the Archivist, the Assistant Archivist helps to accession, arrange, describe, preserve and manage the Archives’ collections. The Assistant Archivist plays a key role in helping to oversee the Archives’ various digital initiatives, including developing the implementation of CollectiveAccess, Archive-It, and other tools to describe, preserve, and present archival holdings in digital form. She/he contributes to department planning and strategic development, provides public services and outreach through consultation, instruction and presentation. Additionally, the Assistant Archivist oversees the Archives when the Archivist is out of the office and helps to manage student assistants.
The Glaser Archives is dedicated to preserving and making accessible design works of artistic and historical significance. Materials in the Glaser Archives include sketches and original artwork, posters and print samples, photographs and other unique items that document graphic designers’ careers and creative processes. The SVA Archives document the School’s rich history, from its groundbreaking subway poster campaign to its rich exhibition history to history and development of academic departments and curriculm. Holdings include posters and other publications, photographs, audio and video recordings and departmental records.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Arrange, describe and otherwise process archival collections using CollectiveAccess, according to local and professional standards.
- Help to oversee the technical aspects of the CollectiveAccess project, coordinate with developers.
- Help to manage the Archives implementation of Archive-It.
- Maintain Archives server and manage digital representations.
- Maintain Archives web site, blog, and other social media; make updates and plan advancements.
- Oversee Archives when Archivist is not in the office, supervising student assistant as needed
- Provide public services for the department, including reference guidance, class presentations and public outreach.
- Accession archival materials in both paper and electronic formats; interact with staff to evaluate record submissions.
- Contribute content regularly for social media, including blog and Instagram posts.
- Digitally photograph and scan archival materials to create high quality digital images to be used in publications, online presentations, or other purposes by both Archives staff and patrons.
- Assist in preparing displays of collection materials, both in real and virtual exhibition spaces.
- Assist Archivist with donation pick-ups.
- Collaborate on special projects as needed
- MLS or other advanced degree with a concentration in Archives management.
- At least two years professional Archives experience.
- Demonstrated understanding of the principles of arrangement and description of archival collections and current archival best practices and standards.
- Experience with digital preservation, metadata and access tools and methodologies; ease comprehending and adapting to new applications. Experience with the collection and preservation of born-digital materials.
- Demonstrated web programming experience, knowledge of emerging technologies in archives.
- In-depth knowledge of digital imaging standards and experience in digital image capture and processing.
- Superior written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills, with ability to facilitate collaboration.
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail; must be able to work independently.
- Candidate must be highly responsible since he or she will be dealing with fragile and valuable materials.
- Interest in the history, theory and practice of the design professions.
- Ability, and willingness, to routinely lift containers weighing up to 40 lbs. and climb ladders.
- Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.