Head of Archival Processing - Assistant Librarian
The Head of Archival Processing oversees all aspects of arranging, describing, and processing archival holdings of LSU Libraries Special Collections; hires, supervises, trains, and assigns work to Archival Processing staff; assists in acquiring and appraising archival collections; sets policies, procedures, and priorities for the processing and preservation of archival collections, in consultation with appropriate personnel; provides regularly scheduled public services; participates in the overall management of Special Collections; and works toward promotion and tenure. Responsibilities
- 35% Oversees all aspects of processing, arranging, and describing the archival holdings of the LSU Libraries Special Collections; hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates 2 FTE faculty and 3 support staff; maintains and reports processing statistics; develops and maintains policies and procedures for managing, processing, describing, and preserving collections, including implementation and application of archival management software; sets priorities for processing and digitization of archival collections, in consultation with appropriate personnel.
- 20% Accessions manuscript materials; assists in acquisition and appraisal of archival collections with the Curator of Manuscripts and the University Archivist; assesses processing needs of collections, determines the appropriate arrangement of materials within collections, and organizes his/her work and that of others to implement processing plans effectively and efficiently; performs historical research to properly describe materials for scholarly use; creates finding aids and original MARC records, employing EAD, DACS, LCSH, MARC, and LCNAF.
- 20% Participates in the overall management of Special Collections, including setting policies and procedures; strategic planning; development activities; preparation of reports, statistics, grant applications, etc; and other duties as assigned.
- 10% Provides advanced reference and research assistance to those using Special Collections and other library materials; interprets and enforces library policies for the security and administration of the collections.
- 15% Works to meet tenure and promotion requirements through research, scholarship, and service.
- Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school program with a concentration in archives and records management. (Equivalent work experience in archives and records management and a related advanced degree may substitute for Master's in Library and Information Science(MLIS).)
- Three years post-degree performing similar job duties.
- Demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and practice, national and international standards, and best practices for appraisal, acquisition, preservation, processing, and provision of access to archival materials; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; demonstrated organizational, planning, and project management skills; familiarity with online and print research materials and methodologies; and knowledge of relevant emerging technologies.
- Three years of supervisory experience.
- Experience providing reference service in an archives or special collections setting; knowledge of archival management software, particularly ArchivesSpace; strong commitment to technical services in support of public services; demonstrated experience implementing EAD; ability to work with minimal supervision; knowledge of Louisiana and American history (particularly the American South) and related disciplines and research methodologies; and reading competency in French and/or Spanish.
- Ability and willingness to lift 30 pounds