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Project Appraisal and Inventory Archivist, Harvard University (Cambridge)

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We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Duties & Responsibilities

Reporting to the Associate University Archivist for Collection Development/Records Management Services (AUACD/RMS), the Project Appraisal and Inventory Archivist will provide detailed appraisals and assessments of records and prepare basic information about the records for future accessioning. The candidate will work from a select list of groups of Harvard University records identified during a major project to bring under control previously un- or under-identified materials stored at the Harvard Depository. Working with the AUACD/RMS, with input from the University Archivist, and other University Archives staff as necessary, the candidate will further evaluate whether there is scholarly, historical, and/or administrative value in the records warranting permanent retention. The assignment will require determining the short- and long-term costs of maintaining these records and if the records fill gaps in the permanent, archival record, are unique and add important historical information, are duplicative, or provide little variation from records currently held at the Archives. The candidate will work with a variety of record types, largely late- twentieth century records, including paper, audio-visual, and early digital records. After assessment, the candidate will create limited box, folder, or other content lists to prepare the records for future accessioning into the University Archives collections. The work will be conducted principally at the Harvard University Archives but also at times at the Harvard Depository in Southborough, Massachusetts. Other similar duties as required.

Duties & Responsibilities

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Provides written, detailed appraisals and assessments of records
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Prepares written basic background and evaluative information about the records
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Evaluates the scholarly, historical, and/or administrative value in the records to determine warranting permanent, archival retention
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Determines the short- and long-term costs of maintaining records and whether the records fill gaps in the archival record, are unique and add important historical information, are duplicative, or provide little variation from records currently held at the Archives
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Handles a variety of record types - including paper, audio-visual, and early digital disks, etc.
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Rehouses material as needed
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Creates limited box, folder, or other content lists to prepare the records for future accessioning into the University Archives collections
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Creates updates and reports for the AUACD/RMS and University Archivist as requested



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Qualifications

Basic Qualifications :
  • Master's degree in library/information science with a concentration in archival studies or equivalent education or work experience

  • Minimum of 3 years of professional experience in an archives setting, including work with large 20th century collections as well as sensitive materials

  • Experience coordinating complex projects

  • Experience making appraisal decisions

  • Training and experience working with archival and library cataloging systems and common word processing and database tools such as Outlook and Excel

  • Must have a valid driver's license and be able to drive to Southborough, Massachusetts for some work-related duties. [Owning a car not a requirement.]

Additional Qualifications :
  • Preferred second master's in history, American studies, or equivalent
  • Experience processing large archival collections

  • Ability to adapt quickly to new organizational and work settings

  • Must be able to tolerate ambiguity well, be agile, and be adaptable to a work setting in which shifting work locations, interruptions, or last-minute scheduling adjustments are common

  • Able to work independently and as part of multiple teams simultaneously; collaborative; flexible

 

Additional Information :
  • This position involves lifting and moving boxes weighing 40-50 pounds and requires bending, squatting, stretching, and climbing small step stools when needed to retrieve boxes.
  • At times may work with materials that are moldy and dusty.


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2019-07-25 |  Quick link to this job