Job Posting: Museum Archivist, University of California at Berkeley Museum of Vertebrate Zoology


The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ) is a national leader among natural history museums, housing one of the top six vertebrate collections in the US. The MVZ’s collections of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles are used in studies of conservation, ecology and evolution. MVZ houses an extensive archival collection of field notes, photos, maps, etc. actively used in research. Recent extramural funding includes grants from both the Council on Library Information and Resources and the IMLS to enhance and secure the MVZ Archives.

The Museum Archivist is a key position in the MVZ Archives and will supply expertise in archival preservation and management to the staff and faculty of the MVZ. The integration and curation of the Archives with the standing collection of the MVZ is essential for providing the historic and field context for the MVZ specimen collection and database; thus, the Archives is a fundamental component of MVZ’s uniquely valuable collection. Enhancing and maintaining the MVZ Archives will impact research worldwide as both academic and public access to the MVZ collections has steadily grown in recent years. A properly curated archive is essential for the leadership role MVZ has in the academic community and is a key to the ongoing success of its research mission.

The Museum Archivist will work with the archival staff managers and the MVZ Director to help catalog, create metadata and develop and follow best practices in physically securing documents including long-term storage and retrieval, special format materials, etc. The position will also participate in recruiting, training and supervising student archival interns or apprentices. This position will serve as a liaison to the UC Berkeley Bancroft Library, Online Archive of California, other Berkeley Natural History Museum archives (especially those of the UCMP and the UC and Jepson Herbaria), the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science, and other digital archival projects (e.g., Biodiversity Heritage Library, California Academy of Sciences, U.S. National Museum).

Key responsibilities for the Archivist include the following:
• General archival administration such as cataloging images, correspondence, and field notes, including consulting with MVZ staff curators who manage archives and the MVZ Director.
• Establish protocols and implement best practices for metadata capture per Dublin Core and DarwinCore standards, and for physical housing of archival materials.
• Serve as project manager on archival improvement grants and other extramurally funded archival activities.
• Serve as liaison to UC and external archival resources, departments, and programs.
• Assist with training and supervising student archival interns or apprentices.
• Assist with external archival requests and inquiries.

UC Berkeley librarians participate in library-wide planning and governance and work effectively in a shared decision-making environment. Librarian advancement is partially based upon professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show evidence or promise of such contributions to the Library, campus, UC System, and profession.

Basic Qualifications (required at time of application):

• ALA-accredited MLS degree or equivalent degree.

Additional Qualifications (required by start date):
• Demonstrated knowledge of current archival description standards and preservation standards for archival materials, including born-digital materials; demonstrated experience applying EAD.
• Demonstrated experience in all aspects of archival functions, including appraisal, accessioning, and processing of archival functions.
• Ability to perform detailed-oriented tasks with irreplaceable material and data.
• Experience creating finding aids and using archival collections management systems.
• Experience developing and executing exhibits.
• Evidence of commitment to public service and the ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of staff, faculty, administrators, and researchers.

Preferred qualifications:
• Experience working in an archival repository.
• Experience managing natural history museum archival collections, specifically field notes.
• Experience with project management in an archival setting, especially with extramurally funded projects.
• Experience supervising students in processing archival collections.
• Experience and knowledge of databases and content management systems.
• Knowledge of, or experience in digital archive preservation.
• Knowledge of vertebrate natural history and ecology, especially in California.

This is a 60% position with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2016. The position will be open until filled. The annual salary range will be $47,722 to $53,088 depending on experience. Benefits are included.

UC professional librarians are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This position is in the bargaining unit.

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