Project Archivist

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The University Libraries at Virginia Tech seeks a service-oriented, innovative, technically savvy, and self-motivated Project Archivist to serve an integral role in the special collections department. The Project Archivist reports to the Director of Special Collections. This is a full-time, 12-month position faculty level position, reviewed on an annual basis. The successful candidate promotes the discovery and use of special collections material, contributes to the profession, and serves land-grant mission of the university through the following responsibilities:

- Processes backlog collections; manages collections using Archivist’s Toolkit; creates finding aids using Encoded Archival Description (EAD); preserves collections; develops online access tools.

- Serves a reference desk shift; assists virtual and in-person researchers; works closely with faculty, students, staff, scholars, and other researchers; designs exhibits; teaches instructional sessions; and participates in outreach activities and events for the department and the library.

- Develops digital tools to improve access to collections; selects material for digitization; participates in digital projects; and works with others to manage digital assets.

- Contributes to library and university committees; represents the institution at various levels; maintains an awareness of emerging scholarship; and is active in the archival profession.

 Required Qualifications: ALA accredited MLS or equivalent advanced degree; experience working in an archives or special collections department; demonstrated experience processing large or complex archival or manuscript collections; knowledge of archival principles and standards; evidence of strong technical and computer skills; familiarity with archival software such as Archivist’s Toolkit; knowledge of digital projects and digitization standards; demonstrated experience with creating access tools to archival collections; excellent oral and written communication skills; and the ability to lift a 50 pound archival box. Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated experience using minimal processing (MPLP) techniques; supervisory or project management experience; and second master’s degree in an appropriate field.

 How to Apply for this Job: Applications must be submitted online at http://www.jobs.vt.edu, posting AP0140130. The application package needs to include a resume, cover letter addressing the candidate’s experience with the responsibilities associated with the position, and the required and preferred qualifications, names of three (3) references and their contact information. Review of applications will begin as received and continue until the position is filled.

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Virginia Tech has a strong commitment to the principle of diversity, and in that spirit seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify the hiring department by the application deadline.

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