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Archivist

Employer
Fisk University
Location
Tennessee, United States
Salary
Competitive Salary
Start date
Jun 23, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Administration
Employment Level
Administrative
Employment Type
Full Time
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POSITION SUMMARY: Under the direction of the Assistant Director of Library Services, ensures the organization, preservation of, and access to the permanent records of Fisk University and manuscript materials on African and African American history and culture from donors in all formats, whether paper, born-digital or hybrid archives. Provides professional leadership and expertise in the management of these records. Promotes an understanding of the university’s archives, including Fisk’s history, through discussions with visiting scholars upon request and instructional sessions with Fisk faculty and students engaged in archival research projects. Position requires thorough knowledge of archival best practices for appraisal, preservation, arrangement, description, and outreach.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Arranges and make available archival collections using professional standards.
  • Work with variety of archive formats, including paper, photographs, multimedia, and born-digital, according to professional standards
  • Monitors, reviews, identifies, and reports processing policies and procedures for clarity and adoption in collaboration with Special Collections Librarian
  • Supervises student workers and volunteer staff in processing, data entry, and scanning in collaboration with Special Collections Librarian
  • Actively participates in professional development opportunities such as conference; presentation and workshops local and nationally.
  • Promotes Franklin Library Special Collections and Archives services through tours, presentations, exhibits, social media, and other appropriate venues
  • Monthly documents the usage of Archives and prepares annual report of usage services in collaboration with Special Collections Librarian
  • Strengthens the manuscript collections through acquisition of collections that meet the focus of the archival program; and ensures preservation of archival resources in the department
  • Aids in the preparation of grant proposals to support and expand the archival program

SPECIFIC JOB KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Firm knowledge of African American history and culture
  • Maintains knowledge of current practices in archival management and preservation
  • Possesses excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Maintains firm knowledge of archival description and metadata standards (EAD, Dublin Core, MODS)
  • Demonstrates strong commitment to customer service, including establishing, building, and maintaining internal/external professional relationships
  • Possesses ability to work independently and with teams
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and to work well with staff, the Fisk community, and the public
  • Highly proficient in use of Microsoft Office Suite and Zoom
  • Firm knowledge of library operations
  • Ability to use initiative in the work setting
  • Ability to use library technology, including scanners, databases, printers, etc.
  • Some experience using ArchivesSpace , Archivist Toolkit, or similar
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QUALIFICATIONS:

Education: Master’s degree in library and information science or field related to archival studies

Experience: Minimum two years’ experience successfully managing an archival program of African and/or African American materials in an academic library environment

LICENSES OR CERTIFICATES:

None

 

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