Apply at http://careers.umich.edu/job_detail/168811/project_archivist
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.
Job Summary 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
Application Deadline: 3/22/2019 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. Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period, and review will continue until the position is filled.
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.
Required Qualifications - 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
Desired Qualifications - 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
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: 168811
About Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan
The Bentley Historical Library collects the materials for and promotes the study of the histories of two great, intertwined institutions, the State of Michigan and the University of Michigan. The Library is open without fee to the public, and we welcome researchers regardless of academic or professional affiliation.
The Bentley’s 11,000 research collections range from the papers of governors of Michigan, to the records of student and faculty life at the University, to the entire historical record of intercollegiate athletics at Michigan, and much more. The Library houses a state-of-the-art conservation lab that conserves books, maps, architectural drawings, and other materials. The lab is also where expert archivists and conservators teach conservation techniques and aid in the reformatting of preserved materials.