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Job Posting: Project Archivist at Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library

Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library – Project Archivist

(posted November 14, 2011)
The Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library is searching for an experienced archivist to process the architectural drawings and personal papers of the New York architect Edgar Tafel. This position will be funded for 12 months with the possibility of extension. Funding for the position will begin on the selectee’s start date. The collection covers the architectural projects of Tafel’s career as well as personal papers and writings, especially his research and writing on Frank Lloyd Wright.

Working under the supervision of the Curator of Drawing and Archives, the Project Archivist will be responsible for:

-Processing of architectural drawings, files, and photography of Tafel’s career. Includes sorting and appraising materials for possible reduction of collection. Includes preparing materials for transport and storage to offsite facility.

-Processing of papers and other files relating to Tafel’s role as historian of Frank Lloyd Wright and related Wright
collections. Includes sorting and appraising materials for possible reduction of collection.
-Arranging and describing architectural collections in an electronic database following DACS and other emerging standards. Includes searching, authority work, description & subject analysis.
-Assigning, revising, and training students and graduate interns to provide assistance with tasks above, including inputting, processing, and research in archival files. The position will also be responsible for other duties as assigned.

Requirements are: ALA accredited M.L.S. with formal course work in archives administration or an M.A. in archival management, and two years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The incumbent must have thorough knowledge of archival processing and preservation theories and procedure; ability to work effectively, both independently and as a member or a team; ability to combine accuracy and efficiency; proven organizational and supervisory skills; proven interpersonal skills. Must be able to lift and carry heavy boxes and must be able to climb ladders. Knowledge of American architecture, historic preservation, urban planning or design history, especially relating to Frank Lloyd Wright, highly desirable.

This position has been classified as a PC I position.

Applications will be accepted immediately and until the position is filled, for immediate consideration please apply online at:

https://academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=55601

Application deadline: December 12, 2011
The Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library is one of the most comprehensive architecture and fine arts library collections in the world. Avery collects a full range of primary and secondary sources for the advanced study of architecture, historic preservation, art history, decorative arts, city planning, real estate, and archaeology. The Library contains 500,000 volumes including 40,000 rare books, and receives approximately 1,900 periodicals. Avery’s Drawings and Archives collection includes 1.5 million architectural drawings and records.

The Avery Library is home to the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals, the only comprehensive American guide to the current literature of architecture and design.

The Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals offers broad coverage of journal articles published worldwide on architecture and design, archaeology, city planning, interior design, landscape architecture, and historic preservation. With more than 675,000 records, the Index continues to be the pre-eminent discovery resource for research in architecture and related fields.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Job Posting: Project Assistant Archivist at Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art is currently seeking a Project Assistant Archivist to survey, process, and preserve the recently acquired Seth Siegelaub and Herman and Nicole Daled Archives.  This project is a top priority for the Museum’s Archives due to the collection’s great research potential and the desire of the curatorial staff to access the materials quickly to enhance the understanding of the Museum’s new acquisitions.  Processing these archives entails appraising and organizing the collections, which includes correspondence, unique items created by artists, financial records, and photographs, among other materials.  Descriptive information will then be assembled to create an electronic finding aid.   This is a grant funded position that is expected to last for 12 months.

Specific responsibilities, following professional archival standards, are as follows:

·         Surveys the collection.  Conducts preliminary research on the materials.  Drafts a processing plan, in conjunction with Museum Archives staff.

·         Determines and acquires necessary archival supplies.  Performs simple preservation tasks.  Implements necessary conservation measures.

·         Compiles and revises existing descriptions of the material.

·         Re-files and re-boxes the collection in acid-free housing.

·         Writes and codes detailed finding aid including information on context and related collections as well as description of the material.

·         Assists with reference activities of the Department.

·         Item-level cataloguing of photographic images, and coordinating their digitization and the creation of analogue print copies.

We require an archivist with solid experience, who can work independently.  The archivist must possess a Bachelor’s degree in Art History or 12 semester hours of modern art since 1880, a Master’s degree in Art History with a Certificate in Archival Studies or National Archives Modern Archives Institute Certification strongly preferred.  1-3 years’ experience processing archival collections according to standard archival procedures and research in art history is also required.  Reading knowledge of French required.  Strong verbal and writing skills. Computer literacy and knowledge of Encoded Archival Description (EAD).  Demonstrated knowledge of twentieth-century art, art historical reference sources and other related research materials is also required.

Please submit resume and cover letter, which must include salary requirements, to jobs@moma.org.  Please reference the position title in the subject line.

The Museum of Modern Art is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation.

Job Posting: Project Archivist at the Baltimore Museum of Art

The Baltimore Museum of Art is seeking an experienced Project Archivist for the successful execution of an archives and records management project. This is a grant-funded, 30-month, full-time, temporary position in the Library Department of The Baltimore Museum of Art.

MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS

Required

• Master of Library Science degree from an accredited institution

• Demonstrated experience with standard archival principles and practices

Preferred

• Concentration in archives

• Coursework in records management

• Certification from the Academy for Certified Archivists

• Experience in processing archival collections

• Experience in records management

• Knowledge of art history

Skills

• Ability to plan, prioritize work, and meet deadlines

• Ability to work independently

• Ability to work well within a small team and with volunteers

• Strong attention to detail

• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

• Strong written communication skills

• Competency with Microsoft Office software

• General fitness for lifting archive boxes up to 30 pounds and moving loaded carts

Duties

1. Survey, appraise, and accession the records of Museum departments, identifying preservation issues and needs, researching and developing records retention schedules, create a records management manual for the Museum, and conduct workshops to introduce the Museum community to the new records management policies and procedures contained in the manual.

2. Following national standards and best practices for archival descriptions, process and arrange manuscript and archival holdings, work with Archivists’ Toolkit to generate encoded finding aids, and prepare MARC records.

3. Remain competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, and attending professional development courses and attending training.

APPLY

Please send a cover letter and resume via e-mail to HR@artbma.org. Please reference the position “Project Archivist” in the subject line of your e-mail.

No Phone Calls Please.