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Collections Archivist

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The University Libraries at Virginia Tech seeks a service-oriented, innovative, technically savvy, and self-motivated Collections Archivist to serve an integral role in the special collections department. The Collections Archivist reports to the Director of Special Collections. This is a full-time, 12-month position on a Continued Appointment (tenure) track, which includes expectations of a research agenda and professional involvement. 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:
- Develops and manages collections related to the history of minority groups; acquires, processes, manages, and develops access tools for the International Archives of Women in Architecture (IAWA) collections; advises on potential acquisitions that document the minority experience; serves as a contact for donors and potential donors; and participates in IAWA events and meetings.
- Surveys and processes archival and manuscript collections; manages collections using Archivist’s Toolkit; creates finding aids using Encoded Archival Description (EAD); preserves collections; develops online access tools; posts finding aids to website; and trains and supervises students.
- Serves a reference desk shift; assists virtual and in-person researchers; responds to research requests for IAWA materials; 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.

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 with collection development, especially related to documenting the history of minority groups; supervisory or project management experience; and second master’s degree in an appropriate field.

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