A cover letter is required for consideration and should be included as the first page of your resume. Your cover letter should address your interest and experience in archival curation.
The Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan invites applications for the Project Archivists program, a hiring initiative launched in 2015. This program matches early career archivists with term-limited positions aligned with the library’s key initiatives. Multiple two-year term positions are available for Project Archivists to join the Curation team, with continuation the second year contingent upon satisfactory performance within the first six months of employment. Start of employment in early September 2019 is preferred.
Archivists at the Bentley Historical Library are committed to pursuing best practices and innovative ideas in collecting, curating, and promoting both academic research and public interest in the records of the University of Michigan and major collections relating to the history of the state of Michigan, its peoples, and organizations. See bentley.umich.edu for more information.
Examples of recent and ongoing priorities are:
Researching and applying innovative uses of Aeon, ArchivesSpace, and Archivematica
Applying best practices to processing regardless of format
Sustaining optimal operations during a transition to new facilities for the Curation team
Converting and curating large and complex digital collections
Developing learning analytics and general business intelligence
Sustaining a strong commitment to the University of Michigan Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan
Project Archivists develop essential career skills and gain experience through work aimed at meeting strategic goals aligned with the library’s priorities. In addition to the Project Archivist’s primary area of responsibility, there are opportunities to participate in library-wide initiatives, to engage in community learning opportunities through the library’s bimonthly series of engagement and enrichment sessions, and to gain experience through additional work in other areas of the library (e.g., the Reference and Academic Programs team, the University History Group team, and Collections Development field work). This search welcomes applicants with experience and/or interest in Curation.
The Bentley’s Curation team preserves, adds value to, and makes accessible research materials for the University of Michigan community and the general public. The dynamic and collaborative work environment will provide opportunities to interact with conservators, digitization specialists, and field archivists, as well as archivists on the Reference and Academic Programs team and University History team.
Project Archivists working in Curation will:
Process complex archival collections in print, analog, and digital formats that are received from the University of Michigan as well as individuals and organizations from the state of Michigan, using the ArchivesSpace information management system and other tools
Prepare these materials for use by patrons, understanding the often complex relationships of content within a collection in order to arrange and describe materials in accordance with national standards and local conventions
Use the Archivematica digital preservation system to handle born-digital materials, ingesting, arranging, describing, and depositing files to the University of Michigan’s DSpace repository
Employ emerging best practices to appraise, capture, and describe online materials using the Archive-It web archiving platform
Master’s degree in archives and records management from a graduate program accredited by the American Library Association or subject expertise through the attainment of an advanced degree relevant to archival administration
Ability to work effectively in a team setting and to meet demanding project deadlines with project management skills
Practical understanding of archival standards and systems
Ability to routinely move 30-40 pound boxes and to occasionally ascend/descend ladders and/or stairs
Familiarity with challenges surrounding preserving and providing access to born-digital materials
Proven capacity to acquire new skills and to synthesize and act upon complex technical information and developments
Benefits: The University of Michigan offers excellent benefits and wellness opportunities. See hr.umich.edu/benefits-wellness for more information.
Rank: Project archivists hold term-limited positions without eligibility for promotion.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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