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Processing Archivist, Baker Library Special Collections

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Harvard Business School’s Baker Library Special Collections seeks a Processing Archivist for its “Art & Business: The Polaroid Consultant Photographer Records” project, part of the Harvard Library Open Your Hidden Collections program. The Processing Archivist will provide intellectual access to a series of the Polaroid Corporation Collection that documents the work of art photographers who advised Polaroid in the development of its iconic instant photography products, circa 1940s-1980s. This is a full-time term appointment with an end date of June 30, 2015.


Under supervision of the Special Collections Librarian (Manuscripts), the Processing Archivist will arrange and describe this series of records and photographs. Responsibilities will include surveying and appraisal, making recommendations for arrangement, and rehousing and describing the collection at the appropriate processing level. The archivist will create a finding aid according to national standards, using XML and EAD (Electronic Archival Description), and create original MARC records in accordance with national and local cataloging standards.


The archivist will process and catalog the photographic material according to national and local standards for visual materials. Duties will include recommending appropriate levels of description for the photographs, and implementing a processing plan based on the decisions made.


The Processing Archivist will also assist in the selection of materials for digitization, coordinate the digitization workflow, and create metadata records for HBS digital assets in the appropriate Harvard Library systems: VIA/OLIVIA, Page Delivery Service, Digital Repository Service, etc.


The Processing Archivist will manage the physical re-housing and other preservation actions for the series. Responsibilities will include identifying potential conservation problems and, in consultation with Collections Conservator and other staff, planning and implementing appropriate treatment.



Basic Qualifications required for this position:

M.L.S. from an ALA-accredited academic program and/or M.A. with an archival concentration.

Three or more years of experience appraising, arranging and describing manuscript and archival materials.

Experience in using MARC and DACS for original cataloging of manuscript materials required. Knowledge of EAD required.

Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills.

Demonstrated proficiency with computer applications and on-line bibliographic systems. 

Demonstrated strong organizational skills, including ability to manage workflow, projects, and multiple tasks while meeting deadlines and solving problems in a complex and dynamic environment. 

Must be able to regularly lift 40 lbs.



Additional Skills, Experience, Credentials needed for this position:

Experience in the processing of visual materials highly desirable, particularly familiarity with cataloging and standards for visual materials.



Our expectations are that employees of HBS adhere to and represent our Community Values. 

They are:

Respect for the rights, differences, and dignity of others

Honesty and integrity in dealing with all members of the community

Accountability for personal behavior


To apply for this position, please go to http://bit.ly/TwyDhp and search for Req #33078BR. 



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