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Archivist, Williams College

Williams College, a liberal arts college located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, seeks a tech-savvy, service-oriented and creative Archivist to work in Special Collections. Williams continues to transform its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality. We seek candidates who are excited to work in a college library in which students are broadly diverse with regard to gender and gender identity, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.

Williams Libraries values excellent personal service, innovative library instruction, and effective intellectual access to collections. The successful candidate will excel in a broad range of archival functions: collection development, reference, outreach, instruction, arrangement and description. Williams Libraries provides generous support for continuing professional development. This is a full-time, year-round appointment reporting to the Head of Special Collections. Occasional holiday, weekend and evening hours may be required.

• Provide reference and research services in Special Collections
• Develop, plan and teach course-integrated instruction sessions featuring Special Collections resources
• Develop, plan and install exhibits featuring Special Collections resources
• Engage faculty, students, staff, and alumni in Special Collections resources and services
• Contribute to the social media presence of Special Collections
• Participate in Archives collection development, including donor relations and acquisitions
• Participate in digital collection management


• Graduate degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution with coursework in Archives or Archival Management. In selected instances, a graduate degree in a related discipline may be substituted.
• Working knowledge of methods in archival management, reference, and engagement.
• Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team-oriented organization.
• Excellent communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, respect and inclusion.

Preferred qualifications:
• Degree specializing in archival management.
• Experience with metadata and descriptive standards including Dublin Core, METS, MODS, PREMIS, DCRM, and VRA core.
• Experience in archival arrangement and description.
• Experience providing archival research and/or instruction services.
• Experience with archival management systems such as ArchivesSpace.
• Experience with institutional repositories such as Islandora, bepress, Hydra, or DSpace.

In your cover letter, address your working knowledge of methods in archival management, reference, and engagement, and how your education and experience will support our commitment to diversity, equity, respect, and inclusion. Include three references with your resume.

Review of resumes will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Full/Part Time

Full Time




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