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Library Archivist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Falmouth)

Library Archivist
Job ID
 Information Technology
 Location : Location
 US-MA-Woods Hole

Job Summary

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for an Institution Archivist to join the Library Department. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for full benefits. The Archivist acquires, accessions, arranges, catalogs, preserves and makes accessible the contents of the WHOI Archives.  With little supervision, the successful candidate will work creatively and independently to establish objectives and meet deadlines by demonstrating full competency in one or more areas of information systems as well as developing appropriate solutions to increase access to information.

Essential Functions

With some supervision, applies acquired knowledge of established procedures to perform the prescribed tasks related to information or library systems in support of oceanographic research 

Essential Functions

Utilizing current standards and technologies, appraise, describe, arrange, preserve and make accessible print and electronic materials in the WHOI Archives. Exercises creativity regarding adaptations or modifications to policies and procedures to ensure appropriate access to collections.
Utilizing current standards and technologies, prepares finding aids to implement online access and improve search capabilities for archive collections.
Provide reference assistance, retrieve items/information for patrons. Work one on one with scientists to assess potential donations.
Develop and promote records management policies, participates in writing reports and documentation of archival procedures and policies.
Maintain DLA image collection in Institution image management system including working with staff and volunteers on scanning, image loading, and metadata.
Responds to reference requests from patrons relating to access to scientific data.
Serves as backup to Data/Systems Librarian for adding newly accessioned ship’s research data to server.
Performs other duties as deemed necessary by supervisor.

Education & Experience

A minimum of a Bachelor's in a related field.


Experience with ArchivesSpace   

In the absence of a formal degree, considerable equivalent work experience is required.
Successful candidates will have demonstrated the technical skill, motivation, independence, and creativity necessary to complete difficult tasks.

Physical Requirements

Physical requirements of this position include lifting 25-50 lbs and carrying 25-50 pounds. This position is mostly sedentary with occasional standing and walking. This position requires repetitive motion, kneeling, bending, stooping, climbing ladders/stools, use of hands for basic grasping/manipulation and reaching above and below the shoulders. Occupational requirements include depth perception, near vision, peripheral vision, ability to distinguish basic colors, working around others, working with others, and working alone. Exposure to dust or other irritants will occur. 

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Full/Part Time

Full Time



Salary Range

$50,000.00 - $60,000.00  / year

Closing Date

How to Apply

Please apply via Institution website:


2021-11-01 |  Quick link to this job