The University of California, Irvine Libraries seeks an energetic, skilled
professional for the position of Archivist for University Archives in the
Department of Special Collections and Archives to acquire and make available
materials documenting the history and functions of the UC Irvine campus. The
first two years of the position will be focused on exhibits, outreach, and
collection development related to the 50th anniversary of the UC Irvine
Duties and Responsibilities
Reporting to the Head of Special Collections & Archives and University
Archivist, the Archivist for University Archives is responsible for overall
management of the University Archives collections. The successful candidate
will participate in active collection development to acquire the most
significant materials of permanent historical value for documenting the
history and functions of the UC Irvine campus, collaborate actively with the
UCI Administrative Policies & Records unit, and provide and coordinate
appraisal, accessioning, preparation of processing plans, arrangement and
description, and preservation of materials in all formats for the University
Archives. The Archivist for University Archives implements archival management
of records in electronic formats, coordinates University Archives public
service, engages in active outreach to campus schools and units, provides
instruction in use of University Archives materials, and prepares exhibits.
The Archivist for University Archives has responsibility for encoding finding
aids using Encoded Archival Description (EAD) for contribution to the Online
Archive of California. In addition the Archivist for University Archives
supervises processing assistants including paraprofessional archival
processors and part-time students and serves on the Department's reference
desk. The successful candidate may also participate in digitization projects,
acquisition of manuscript and archival collections, donor relations, and grant
proposals as appropriate.
* A graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution, or a graduate degree in archival studies, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
* Formal coursework or training in archival management and theory.
* Experience processing archival collections and preparing finding aids.
* Familiarity with concepts related to the management of university archives.
* Familiarity with concepts related to archival management of electronic records.
* Familiarity with basic records management principles and current trends.
* In-depth knowledge of efficient processing procedures, such as those outlined in Greene and Meissner's "More Product, Less Process."
* Ability to learn new technologies quickly and effectively.
* Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
* Ability to work effectively within a culturally diverse academic community.
* Ability to work effectively in teams and in a dynamically changing environment.
* Ability to meet the University of California criteria for advancement and promotion.
* Advanced skill in using the Archivists' Toolkit and encoding finding aids using Encoded Archival Description.
* Familiarity with ArchivesSpace.
* Familiarity with the Guidelines for Efficient Archival Processing in the University of California Libraries.
* Experience providing reference service in a research or academic library.
* Experience working with archival collections in non-textual formats, such as photographs, audio recordings, and video recordings.
* Experience supervising archival processing assistants.
* Experience working with electronic records.
* Experience working with university schools and units.
* Experience processing university archives.
* The Department of Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives houses the UCI Libraries' collections of
manuscripts and archives, rare books, and notable subject collections.
Archival collecting areas of particular strength and distinction include
regional history (emphasizing Orange County and Southern California), the
Southeast Asian Archive, the Critical Theory Archive (including the papers of
Jacques Derrida, Wolfgang Iser, Paul de Man, and others), the University
Archives (documenting the UC Irvine campus), dance and the performing arts
(including the papers of Robert Cohen and choreographers Donald McKayle and
Eugene Loring), and distinguished UCI faculty (including Nobel Laureates
Frederick Reines and Sherwood Rowland).
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