The University of Georgia Libraries is seeking an innovative, forward-thinking
archivist to provide leadership, vision and creativity for its oral history
program. The Oral History and Media Archivist is responsible to the Director
for the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies for
developing, managing and contributing to the creation of the oral history
program; managing the preservation of oral history and audiovisual materials
in a variety of formats; developing Web access to oral history and audiovisual
materials; and supervising the Oral History Coordinator and student
assistants. This position participates in reading room and reference service
to patrons. The Oral History and Media Archivist, also assists the Director in
grant writing and other fundraising projects, collaborates with the
Arrangement and Description Unit to provide access and identify gaps in
holdings for oral history documentation, and collaborates with the Access and
Outreach Unit to incorporate oral history and media in public programming. The
Oral History and Media Archivist is a member of the University of Georgia
Libraries non-tenure track faculty.
The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies is a
department within the University of Georgia Libraries, which reports to the
University Librarian and serves as a center for research and study of the
modern American political system. Established in 1974, the Library's original
mission was to collect and preserve materials that document the life and
career of the late Richard B. Russell, United States Senator from Georgia from
1933 to 1971. With particular emphasis on the role of Georgia and the U. S.
Congress, current collection development and programming focus on the dynamic
relationship of politics, policy, and culture--generated wherever public
interest intersects with government. The breadth and depth of Russell
Library's collections provide an interconnected framework of perspectives and
experiences for understanding the increasingly diverse people, events, and
ideas shaping Georgia's political landscape.
The Russell Library pursues alliances and opportunities for collaboration with
individuals and organizations that advance its mission. The Russell Library is
a founding member of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress and
a primary partner and official repository for the Foot Soldier Project for
Civil Rights Studies, a collaborative project dedicated to documenting and
chronicling the activity and perceptions of lesser known participants in the
civil rights movement in Georgia. For more information about the Russell
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Develops, manages and contributes to the creation of oral history program and
projects, including researching and conducting interviews; collaborates with
Director and co-workers to identify gaps in the holdings and prospective
interviewees for oral history documentation; produces, negotiates, and
maintains oral history gift and release agreements; promotes and maintains
donor relations; oversees oral history production, processing, including video
and audio transfer, program editing, transcription and video captioning,
auditing of transcripts, index creation, and subject analysis.
Manages the preservation of and access to audiovisual materials in all Russell
Library collections by processing materials, reformatting materials for
preservation and access, selecting and negotiating with vendors for
preservation transfer of materials, assessing policies and procedures as
needed, and maintaining current archival standards; serves as liaison to
appropriate departments within and without the Libraries; and investigates
Identifies resources, and participates in grant-writing and other fund-raising
and Development activities in concert with the Director; manages multiple
projects, creating detailed budgets and planning for equipment and personnel
Collaborates with the Arrangement and Description Unit to create points of
access according to archival standards for scholars and students, including
accession records, inventories, and finding aids; MARC records; and electronic
Develops and maintains web access to oral history and audiovisual materials.
Manages reproduction and intellectual property issues related to use of oral
history and audiovisual materials in collections; processes stock footage
requests and reproductions for clients; works to promote use of these
materials in the research, teaching, and learning of the University.
Collaborates with the Access and Outreach Unit to develop innovative access to
oral history and media holdings and public programming in the Russell Library;
helps identify and provides and maintains media for exhibits; provides tours
and instruction and performs video services for programming as needed.
Supervises the Oral History Coordinator and one or more student assistants.
Provides reference service for media materials and participates in staffing
the department's reference desk as needed and assigned; develops and maintains
knowledge of collections within the library.
Participates in general departmental administration by contributing to the
planning and developing of special projects, functions and exhibits and
participating in activities that also may occur on weekends and in evenings;
submits reports; and writes articles and blog postings.
Participates actively in continuing education and professional activities;
maintains professional membership and/or accreditation; presents and writes on
work-related topics and research for the profession; maintains an awareness of
current trends in the archives field especially related to oral history and
media and shares knowledge with co-workers; participates in relevant
library/university groups and committees and provides service to the libraries
and university as needed.
Maintains flexibility and awareness of changes in the department and
organization and contributes to the team effort by assuming other similar
duties and responsibilities as assigned.
ALA-accredited MLIS; or relevant Master's degree (with ACA certification
expected in 5 years for continued employment); Combined two to five years of
demonstrated experience conducting oral histories and working with archival
film, video, audio formats; audio and video hardware; editing software; and
developing web access; Proficiency with converting analog audiovisual formats
to digital formats in a PC and MAC environment; Familiarity with basic video
production, particularly lighting and microphone setup; Knowledge of issues
related to audiovisual preservation, digital conversion of archival materials,
and intellectual property; Proficiency with Web-authoring tools, digital asset
management tools, consumer level delivery tools (i.e. internet, playback
software), and office productivity tools in an archives environment;
Familiarity with descriptive, structural, and administrative metadata in
accordance with standards (XML, EAD, Dublin Core, MARC) for archival material
as well as standards related to conducting and describing oral history;
Excellent oral, written, organizational, and project management skills;
Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated effectiveness in establishing
and maintaining successful working relationships with co-workers, donors, and
patrons in a diverse academic community; Ability to function independently and
as a contributing team member in a production-oriented environment and to
collaborate with other departments, as needed; Working knowledge of historical
research methodology and resources; Ability to lift and carry 40 lbs and
tolerate dust and inactive mold spores.
Evidence of active participation in professional organizations and a record of
scholarly engagement through presentations and publications, and commitment to
professional involvement preferred. Supervisory experience preferred.
Experience writing grants or participating in other development activities
preferred. Knowledge of modern Southern politics, history, and culture
preferred. Certified Archivist preferred.
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