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Special Collections Project Archivist

Special Collections Project Archivist

University of Rochester Job Location: New York Apply By: Open until filled Date Created: 08-02-2019

Title: Librarian/Archivist II Functional Job Title: Special Collections Project Archivist Time Status: Full-time, 40 hour per week, Two-year appointment Position Summary: With a high degree of accountability and authority to work independently, this position primarily focuses on archival collections processing of the papers of the late United States Congresswoman Louise McIntosh Slaughter, an American politician who served as a Democratic United States Representative from New York State from 1987 to 2018. Congresswoman Slaughter’s district was based in Rochester, New York and included most of surrounding Monroe County. She served as Chairwoman of the House Rules Committee from 2007 until 2011 and as ranking minority member of the Committee from 2005 to 2007, and from 2011 until her death. Slaughter was the lead House sponsor of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, which became law in 2008. Along with Senator Joe Biden she co-sponsored the Violence Against Women Act. At the time of her death, Slaughter was the oldest sitting member of Congress and the last sitting member to have been born in the 1920s. Under general supervision of the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation (RBSCP) Archivist for Discovery and Access, this position works closely with the Assistant Dean for Special Collections on this high-level project. The Slaughter Project Archivist, working collaboratively with other colleagues across the River Campus Libraries, has primary responsibility for developing expertise and understanding of the work and life of the Congresswoman in order to process materials relating to Congresswoman Slaughter and create an online finding aid using ArchivesSpace and other tools such as Oxygen. This significant collection includes documents, photographs, objects, audio/visual materials, and born digital materials. Incumbent must possess a deep understanding archival processing and a comfort with working with a large archival collection.
Specific Responsibilities: 25% Special Collections Arrangement and Description
  • Accession, arrange, describe and rehouse the Louise M. Slaughter analog and born-digital archival collections in accordance with best practices
  • Work with undergraduate and/or graduate student employees on projects relating to the processing of the collection, with possible supervision responsibilities.
25% Finding Aid Creation
  • Create and publish to the River Campus Libraries website a comprehensive finding aid for the collection in ArchivesSpace which are compliant with archival metadata standards such as DACS and EAD
20% Post-processing work with the collection
  • Coordinate creation of cataloging records with Metadata Services
  • In consultation with colleagues in Digital Scholarship Lab and RBSCP, coordinates preparation and routing materials from the Slaughter Collection for selective digitization
  • Work with RCL staff to develop web presence relating to the Louise M. Slaughter Congressional collection
15% Collections Maintenance
  • Identify conservation issues in collection and help to address as appropriate
  • Assist maintenance and coordination of archival collections at onsite and offsite storage facilities
  • Has primary responsibility for shelving newly acquired and processed collection materials
  • In consultation with department staff, manages collection storage needs, which may involve managing collection database, and rehousing and shifting materials
15% Outreach and other duties
  • Provide select reference services for internal and external requests for Slaughter materials, including media outlets
  • Opportunities to assist with public programing and exhibitions relating to the Slaughter Collection
  • In collaboration with the Senior Communications Officer for Libraries and Collections, assist in creating social media posts and blog posts relating to the Louise M. Slaughter papers
  • Identify and order archival supplies for the Louise M. Slaughter papers
This is a 2 year appointment  The University and the Library The University of Rochester Libraries is a charter member of the Association of Research Libraries and has collections of more than three million volumes and more than 150,000 active serial titles. This is an exciting time to join the River Campus, as we are in the early stages of implementing a new strategic plan that supports the innovative teaching and learning as a tier 1 research university.  This provides a unique opportunity for incumbents to implement the strategies to achieve the Libraries vision of providing transformational experiences for faculty and students to achieve their scholarly aspirations. The University of Rochester is the largest employer in the Greater Rochester area, sixth largest private employer in New York State and one of the nation's leading private research universities. More than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled at UR Located in Rochester, New York.  UR gives students exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close collaboration with faculty through its unique cluster-based curriculum.  For more information on the University and the Libraries, please visit our website:  www.library.rochester.edu. Among the 100 largest metropolitan regions in the country, Greater Rochester has earned a reputation as one of the most livable communities in the nation.  Located on the southern shore of Lake Ontario and gateway to the scenic Finger Lakes, Rochester offers its 1.1 million residents the amenities of a metropolitan area with a quality of life not available in many urban regions. This lively metropolitan area boasts 20,000 acres of parkland and offers year-round recreational opportunities for those who like to be outdoors in all seasons.  Rochester is the home to a variety of world class, performing arts, fine arts, museums and cultural festivals. Several high schools in the greater Rochester area have been consistently listed by Newsweek as among the best in the country.  Rochester is also recognized as one of the most affordable housing markets in the country. For more information about living in Rochester:  Visit Rochester TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ONLINE AT: http://www.rochester.edu/working/hr/jobs/ Reference ID: 216871 *When applying online, please upload your cover letter & resume as one pdf document. Position will remain open until filled. If you have questions or need more information about the position send an email to: RCLHR@library.rochester.edu The University of Rochester is an Equal Opportunity Employer: EOE Minorities / Females / Protected/ Veterans / Disabled

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