Project Archivist at the Center for Creative Photography at The University of Arizona

The Library Information Associate, Senior (Project Archivist) will support the archives staff with surveying, processing, and describing two large, complex, keystone archival collections: the W. Eugene Smith archive and the Witkin Gallery archive. By completing this project, there will be improved intellectual and physical control, increased visibility and access to these collections, and ensured collection longevity. Essential functions will include: surveying the collections to identify processing and preservation issues; improving under-processed collections; refining finding aids to meet archival standards; rehousing and preservation; and authoring and publishing EADfinding aids online. This is an Extended Temporary Employment position.

The Center for Creative Photography (CCP) is the premiere research collection of American photographic fine art and archives, promoting creative inquiry, dialogue, and appreciation of photography’s enduring cultural influence. The Center for Creative Photography is a world-renowned leader in preservation, teaching, learning, scholarship, and the appreciation of archival material and works of art by North America’s greatest photographers.

With more than $606 million in research and development dollars from federal, state, and private sources, The University of Arizona currently ranks #21 among public universities in the US in overall research expenditures and #2 in physical science research. With world class faculty in fields as diverse as astronomy and space exploration, plant science, biomedical science and biotechnology, anthropology, Native peoples, business, law, philosophy, music, and dance, the UA is one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities. The University’s main campus is situated in the heart of Tucson. Surrounded by mountains and the high Sonoran Desert, Tucson boasts a distinctive southwestern feel and enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine each year.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Complete collection-level surveys on the W. Eugene Smith and Witkin Gallery archives
  • Advance intellectual and physical control over the materials by improving the arrangement, organization, and description of collection materials
  • Discuss proposed changes with archives staff
  • Rehouse materials as necessary
  • Improve finding aids to follow archival best practices and standards (DACS)
  • Author EAD finding aids using Oxygen XML editor and publish online
  • Link collections to subject guides available on the CCP website
  • Additional duties may be assigned

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of Encoded Archival Description
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to follow complex guidelines
  • Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to demonstrate proper care and handling of materials
  • Ability to work independently with self-initiative and minimal supervision

Minimum Qualifications:

In addition to ABOR Minimum Qualifications listed below:

  • Previous processing experience in an archives repository
    (EAD), DACS guidelines, and other archival standards and best practices
  • Excellent computer proficiency (Microsoft Office, XML editors, collection management systems)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library/ Information Science
  • Grant proposal writing experience
  • Knowledge of the history of photography, including the identification of photographic processes
  • Experience working in an academic research library, scholarly special collection, or large research organization

For more information & to apply please look here. Applicants are encourage to apply until November 12, 2017 with reviews beginning November 3, 2017.

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