Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
The University Libraries at Virginia Tech seeks a service-oriented,
innovative, technically savvy, and self-motivated Project Archivist to serve
an integral role in the special collections department. The Project Archivist
reports to the Director of Special Collections. This is a full-time, 12-month
position faculty level position, reviewed on an annual basis. The successful
candidate promotes the discovery and use of special collections material,
contributes to the profession, and serves land-grant mission of the university
through the following responsibilities:
* Processes backlog collections; manages collections using Archivist's Toolkit; creates finding aids using Encoded Archival Description (EAD); preserves collections; develops online access tools.
* Serves a reference desk shift; assists virtual and in-person researchers; works closely with faculty, students, staff, scholars, and other researchers; designs exhibits; teaches instructional sessions; and participates in outreach activities and events for the department and the library.
* Develops digital tools to improve access to collections; selects material for digitization; participates in digital projects; and works with others to manage digital assets.
* Contributes to library and university committees; represents the institution at various levels; maintains an awareness of emerging scholarship; and is active in the archival profession.
ALA accredited MLS or equivalent advanced degree; experience working in an
archives or special collections department; demonstrated experience processing
large or complex archival or manuscript collections; knowledge of archival
principles and standards; evidence of strong technical and computer skills;
familiarity with archival software such as Archivist's Toolkit; knowledge of
digital projects and digitization standards; demonstrated experience with
creating access tools to archival collections; excellent oral and written
communication skills; and the ability to lift a 50 pound archival box.
Demonstrated experience using minimal processing (MPLP) techniques;
supervisory or project management experience; and second master's degree in an
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