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Metadata Archivist

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
Arkansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Sep 17, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Administration, Business & Administrative Affairs, Other Business & Administrative Affairs
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Full Time
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Type of Position:Professional Staff - Academic Affairs

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Job Type:Regular

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Institution Name: University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is a metropolitan research university that provides an accessible, quality education through flexible learning and unparalleled internship opportunities. At UA Little Rock, we prepare our more than 8,900 students to be innovators and responsible leaders in their fields. Committed to its metropolitan research university mission, UA Little Rock is a driving force in Little Rock's thriving cultural community and a major component of the city and state's growing profile as a regional leader in research, technology transfer, economic development, and job creation.

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Department:Archives & Collections

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Summary of Job Duties:This archival position, assigned to the UA Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture, is responsible for processing archival collections and for assisting patrons. This position contributes to quality control of metadata operations; maintains documentation on best practices and tracks developments on standards of all types. Participation in ArchivesSpace discussions and troubleshooting is expected. Assistance with grant writing and implementation is an expectation. This position is governed by state and federal laws, and agency/institution policy.


Required Education and/or Experience:

  • A Master’s degree in a field related to archives work;
  • Two (2) years of relevant experience;
  • Must be able to lift a 40-pound box.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Arrange and make available archival collections using professional standards;
  • Work with a variety of archive formats, including paper, photographs, multimedia, and born-digital, according to professional standards;
  • Preserve records, documents, and objects according to national standards;
  • Identify and assist in the coordination of grant opportunities related to CAHC collections;
  • Provide patron assistance through weekly reference shifts in the research room, with an occasional Saturday shift an expectation;
  • Provide ongoing support of the department’s use of ArchivesSpace in a collaborative manner;
  • Answer research requests via email, phone calls, and regular mail;
  • Participate in professional development opportunities such as conference attendance, presentations, and workshops;
  • Collaborate to promote CAHC initiatives and services through tours, presentations, virtual exhibits, social media, and other appropriate means;
  • Supervise interns, student workers, and graduate assistants on special projects in coordination with the Assistant Director.
  • Monitor, review, identify and report processing policies and procedures for clarity and adoption in collaborations with other archivists.
  • Identify manuscript-processing priorities in collaboration with other archivists and CAHC administration;
  • Assist in identifying research projects based on archival collections for faculty, staff, and students;
  • Highlight archival collections of CAHC through public outreach;
  • Participate in departmental strategic and topical planning;
  • Represent the CAHC on a variety of collaborative projects and programs inside and outside the department;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge and use of basic manuscript processing techniques, such as “More Product, Less Process” guidelines for archival processing, and DACS and EAD for digital encoding of the manuscript and archival finding aids;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current national data content and structure standards related to the archival control of collection materials;
  • Knowledge of best practices concerning the conservation of archival collections;
  • Knowledge of EAD and XML, including writing and maintaining XSL style sheets;
  • Commitment and ability to work effectively with diverse populations;
  • Superior oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated project management and organizational skills;
  • Demonstrated a record of designing projects and bringing them to a conclusion in a timely fashion;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience utilizing best practices concerning arrangement and descriptions of archival collections;
  • Knowledge of the history of the United States and of the State of Arkansas.

Salary Information:


Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title)

Optional Documents:

Additional Information:

Please upload all required documents in the "Resume" attachment section of your application (before hitting the submit button), if you want to be considered for this position.

Recruitment Contact Information:

Laura McClellan, Center for Arkansas History and Culture Assistant Director,

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry ( MVR ) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and actively seeks the candidacy of minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Under Arkansas law, all applications are subject to disclosure. Persons hired must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States.

Constant Physical Activity:Hearing, Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding, Sitting

Frequent Physical Activity:Balancing, Climbing, Crouching, Pulling, Pushing, Reaching, Standing, Stooping, Talking

Occasional Physical Activity:Lifting

Benefits Eligible:Yes
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