The University of California, Berkeley, is seeking a Processing Archivist whose primary responsibility will be to arrange and describe the records of the National Writing Project (NWP) housed in over 100 cartons. The records of NWP document the project’s history from its impetus within the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley to its present day organization as a network of university-based sites offering professional development programs for educators. This is a fifty-percent temporary appointment for two years. The successful candidate will have experience with manuscript collection processing of organizational and/or personal papers and demonstrated understanding of archival description and materials. Additionally, he/she will have experience in digital collection processing, experience with project management, familiarity with archival standards (EAD, METS, MARC, MODS), and strong communication skills.
The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at one of the nation’s premier public universities. A highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 25,500 undergraduate students, 10,300 graduate students, and 1,500 faculty. The Library comprises 20 campus libraries – including the Doe/Moffitt Libraries, the Bancroft Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library and subject specialty libraries. With a collection of more than 11 million volumes and a collections budget of over $15 million, the Library offers extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with those collections and build their related research skills. The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, is one of the largest and most heavily used libraries of manuscripts, rare books, and special collections in the United States. As the primary center of special collections within the library system at Berkeley, Bancroft supports major research and reference activities and plays a leading role in the development of research collections. Bancroft holdings include over 500,000 volumes, 55,000 linear feet of manuscripts, 8 million photographs and other pictorial materials, 72,000 microforms, 23,000 maps, and over 12.5 terabytes of digital collections. Additional information regarding The Library and The Bancroft Library is available on the web at: http://www.bancroft.berkeley.edu.
The Processing Archivist has full responsibility for the arrangement and description of the organizational records of the National Writing Project according to Bancroft Library standards. The archivist may supervise processing support staff consisting of undergraduate student assistants. The archivist will establish workflow and work schedules, train student workers as necessary, and assist with project reporting under the direction of the Principal Manuscripts Archivist. Additionally the archivist will work with NWP to facilitate additional donations of material and to establish records management guidelines to help govern future deposits to The Bancroft Library of both manuscript and digital materials.
UC Berkeley librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance, and work effectively in a shared decision-making environment. Librarian advancement is partially based upon professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show evidence or promise of such contributions to the Library, campus, UC System, and profession.
Minimum Basic Qualification at time of application:
- MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution, or equivalent degree in which coursework has focused on the intellectual control and organization of archival collections.
Additional Required Qualifications:
- Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with processing, arrangement and description of personal papers and/or records of organizations through completed finding aids.
- Demonstrated understanding of archival/metadata description and materials as it relates to born-digital collections.
- Demonstrated knowledge of DACS, MARC, and EAD encoding through completed coursework, catalog records, or published finding aids.
- Ability to meet a high standard of quality of work independently and expeditiously.
- Ability to coordinate, schedule, and handle heavy workloads.
- Ability to safely move carts and book/flatbed trucks loaded up to 100 pounds; lift and bend with boxes or volumes weighing up to 40 pounds; carry large/awkward map carriers; climb and reach on step stools and rolling ladders; handle dollies and book/flatbed trucks.
Additional Preferred Qualifications:
- Knowledge of appraisal of organizational papers.
- Experience in digital collections processing, data migration, and/or digital curation.
- Evidence of effective project planning, management, and completion.
- Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and ensure regular workflows.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.
- Evidence of strong interpersonal and communication skills, as well as initiative and flexibility.
- Experience using a collection or content management system.
The UC Berkeley Library is committed to supporting and encouraging a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive and imaginative contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity.
UC professional librarians are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This position is in the bargaining unit.
Librarians are entitled to appropriate professional development leave, two days per month vacation leave, one day per month of sick leave, and all other benefits granted non-faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits.
DEADLINE: Consideration will be given to applications received by April 20, 2015.
Submit applications online at https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00699. Applications must include a cover letter detailing a statement of qualifications, curriculum vitae noting degrees and relevant work experience, and the names and contact information of three references who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s qualifications for this position. References will only be contacted for individuals under serious consideration.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.