Sponsored Project Archivist
University of Colorado Boulder

The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries and the National Snow and Ice
Data Center (NSIDC) seek candidates with archival and disciplinary experience
to manage the digitization of NSIDC's historical print glacier photograph
collection. Funded by a grant from the Council on Library & Information
Resources Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Program, the
position is an 18 month lecturer appointment to begin as soon as May 2016.

The Project Archivist (PA) will work with librarians, archivists, scientists,
graduate students, a project consultant, and a vendor to manage the
digitization of approximately 9,000 historical images of glaciated regions.
Digitization work will be outsourced, and a significant amount of the project
will involve assigning technical and descriptive metadata to the images. The
PA will work with staff in the Libraries and NSIDC to make the images
available in the University of Colorado Digital Library ( ) and the NSIDC Glacier Photograph
Database ( ).

This is an opportunity to contribute to a one-of-a-kind project that will
provide access to priceless images of the earth's frozen regions. It will
require enthusiasm, attention to detail, problem solving, and the ability to
see the larger concept of how users may access and use these images.

The salary is $52,000. Benefits include university group health care plans.

Responsibilities include:

Preparing images for digitization. This will require detailed inventorying and
careful handling of images that range in size from 4"x5" to 10"x15" and date
back to the 1850s.

Working with vendor to ensure quality digital images that meet researcher
needs and Federal Agency Digitization Guideline Initiative (FADGI) criteria.

Providing descriptive and technical metadata to each item and publishing in
two online databases. Each image will need to be consulted for metadata, and
some may need to be researched for geospatial information (graduate students
will assist with geospatial information).

Communicating effectively with project stakeholders, solving problems and
making decisions both collaboratively and independently.

Attending conferences (with some financial support) and assisting in
generating awareness of the collection.


Please address each of these qualifications in your application materials:

ALA-accredited Master's of Library and/or Information Science or equivalent
education or work experience.

Demonstrated interest, enthusiasm, and/or knowledge of topics in fields such
as geology, glaciology, climatology, environmental science, history of
exploration and/or photography, land management and national parks, and
related disciplines.

Ability to see "the big picture" of how metadata enables discovery.

Demonstrated experience or education in archival practices.

Experience with metadata standards (e.g., Dublin Core, MODS, METS, MARC, EAD).

Experience working on complex projects with many stakeholders.

Excellent communication skills.

Ability to work and solve problems both independently and collaboratively.

Desirable Qualifications

Evidence of any of the following will enhance a candidacy:

Experience managing digital projects, particularly those involving historical

Significant experience developing metadata for digital objects.

A bachelor's or master's degree in earth or environmental sciences.

Certification from the Academy of Certified Archivists.

Experience working with earth or environmental scientists.

Application Process:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position
is filled. It is recommended that applications be submitted by May 1, 2016 in
order to receive full consideration. Application must include a letter of
application specifically addressing qualifications for the position; CV or
resume; and names with postal addresses, email, and telephone numbers of three
references. Questions may be directed to Dylan Wiersma, Search Coordinator, at
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The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility
requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is
scheduled to begin. The University of Colorado Boulder is an Equal Opportunity
Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications
from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and
veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for
individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at hr-
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committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To
achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final
applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include
reference checks, a criminal history record check, and, when appropriate, a
financial and/or motor vehicle history.

About the University and Libraries:

As the flagship University of a multi-campus system in the State of Colorado,
CU Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners situated on one of
the most beautiful college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public
institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities
(AAU)-and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region-we have a proud
tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50
members of prestigious academic academies.

CU-Boulder has blossomed in size and quality since we opened our doors in
1877-attracting superb faculty, staff, and students and building strong
programs in the sciences, engineering, business, law, arts, humanities,
education, music, and many other disciplines.

Today, with our sights set on becoming the standard for the great
comprehensive public research universities of the new century, we strive to
serve the people of Colorado and to engage with the world through excellence
in our teaching, research, creative work, and service. The University
Libraries faculty and staff are diverse, talented, and passionate people who
share this vision and mission. Librarians participate at all levels of the
campus and hold full faculty status and rank. The Libraries, a member of the
Association of Research Libraries, holds the largest collection in the Rocky
Mountain region with over 12 million books, periodicals, government
publications, audiovisual materials, microforms, maps, manuscripts, papers and
computer-based resources. The Libraries faculty and staff collaborate
internally, with colleagues beyond the campus, and with our clients to advance
information literacy, intellectual freedom, lifelong learning, the
disciplinary growth of information, and the amplification of knowledge.

The University Libraries holds one of the largest collections of government
information in the western United States. Particular strengths include a
comprehensive collection of U.S. publications including robust collections of
e-resources, technical reports, and international materials.

About NSIDC and its Archives:

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) supports research into our
world's frozen realms: the snow, ice, glaciers, frozen ground, and climate
interactions that make up Earth's cryosphere. NSIDC manages and distributes
scientific data, creates tools for data access, supports data users, performs
scientific research, and educates the public about the cryosphere.

The Roger G. Barry Archives and Resource Center (ARC) at NSIDC is an
information resource for people studying Earth's frozen regions, the history
of science, or past climate related to the Earth's frozen regions.

ARC offers a unique set of collections focused on both science and history in
the Earth's frozen regions, including the Arctic, the Antarctic, glaciers, ice
sheets, sea ice, frozen ground, and more. The information and resources at ARC
support NSIDC's mission "to improve our understanding of the Earth's frozen
regions" and the Earth as a system.

The ARC Archives specializes in historical science materials. Its holdings
include thousands of maps, photographs, prints, expedition journals, and other
items of interest to those researching the history of science or studying past

About Boulder, Colorado:

Boulder and the surrounding area is known as one of the best places to live
because of its spectacular setting, acres of open space, and vibrant
atmosphere. At 5,430 feet above sea level, acres of vast open space entwine
into Boulder's cityscape nestled into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Home to approximately 90,000 residents, Boulder has a mild, dry climate with
more than 300 days of sunshine per year. Boulder offers activities for every
interest. Over 80 miles of pedestrian and bike paths, as well as a convenient
bus system, provide transportation around town and to the Denver metropolitan
area. Photographers, music lovers, rock climbers, Olympians, artists, and
others are drawn to this great city because of its scenic beauty, vibrant
culture, and fabulous amenities. Boulder is just three hours from 11 ski
resorts, 40 minutes from Denver, and moments from 43,000 acres of open space
and trails.


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions: Application must include a letter of
application specifically addressing qualifications for the position; CV or
resume; and names with postal addresses, email, and telephone numbers of three

Please name documents as follows:

[Your Name]-CL-04684 (for your cover letter)

[Your Name]-CV-04684 (for your CV/resume)

[Your Name]-Ref-04684 (for your list of references).

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