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Archivist for the Maryland Province Archives

Archivist for the Maryland Province Archives

Georgetown University Library Job Location: District of Columbia Apply By: 08-10-2019 Date Created: 06-11-2019

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The Georgetown University Library is an agile organization that respects the heritage of the past while anticipating the requirements of the 21st century. By providing preeminent services, collections and spaces, the Library shapes the creation of knowledge, conserves culture for posterity, and transforms learning and research. Reporting to the Head of Archival Processing and Collections Management within the Georgetown University Library, the Archivist for the Maryland Province Archives ("Archivist") is a two-year term position responsible for the physical arrangement and description of the special collections materials that fall within the parameters of the Maryland Province Archives and its related collections. The Archivist processes these records and produces DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard)-compliant finding aids and makes them publicly available online via ArchivesSpace. The Archivist's duties include but are not limited to:
  • Identifies materials to be digitized and made available through Digital Georgetown and other platforms for potential use in digital humanities projects.
  • Supports faculty, students and visiting scholars in their use of the Maryland Province Archives and related collections to fulfill teaching and research.
  • Adheres to the terms of agreements made between the University and the Province, particularly with regard to ownership and access.
  • Helps fulfill recommendations put forth by the University's Working Group on Slavery, Memory and Reconciliation with initial priority given to the processing and digitization of material in the Archives related to slaveholding.
  • Consults with the Head of Archival Processing to ensure the project remains on track and achieves defined goals and objectives.
  • Consults with the Provincial Archivist of the Maryland Province and provides frequent reports on project status, use reports on an annual basis, and other information as requested.
  • Works with the Head of the Digital Services Unit to implement the workflow for selection, metadata creation, and digitization.

Minimum Qualifications

Degree requirement: A Master's degree, either an ALA-accredited MLS with emphasis on archives (or experience equivalent to an archives concentration), or a Master's degree in a humanities- or social sciences-related field. Practical experience: Minimum two years of experience working in a special collections or archival repository, preferably in a university environment; experience processing large (100 linear feet or more), complex archival collections under time-sensitive circumstances. Technical qualifications: A firm understanding of archival theory and practice, including national standards for archival materials, such as DACS and EAD; working knowledge of ArchivesSpace or other archival management system; knowledge of or familiarity with other relevant standards, including DCRM, AACR2, RDA, MARC, and Dublin Core.
  • Demonstrated ability to work individually and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Excellent organizational skills, accuracy, and attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines

Preferred Qualifications

  • Reading familiarity with Latin or other foreign languages
  • Knowledge of African American history, particularly with regard to slavery and its historical ramifications
  • Knowledge of the history of the Catholic Church, with an emphasis on the Society of Jesus and its history in America
  • Experience working on or managing multi-year, grant-funded projects
  • Knowledge of digitization and digital humanities projects

Submission Guidelines:

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at Georgetown University you must submit a cover letter and resume for each position of interest for which you believe you are qualified. These documents are not kept on file for future positions.

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