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Project Processing Archivist - The Bancroft Library

Project Processing Archivist - The Bancroft Library

University of California Berkeley Job Location: California Date Created: 11-19-2021

Project Processing Archivist - The Bancroft Library 

The University of California, Berkeley, is seeking a Project Processing Archivist to support the archival processing projects in The Bancroft Library. The successful candidate will have experience working with analog and born-digital archival materials; experience working with archival technologies; demonstrated experience appraising and providing original description of archival materials; knowledge of metadata standards; strong analytical, documentation, and communication skills; experience interfacing and coordinating with curators, donors, archivists, and IT staff; and experience working with tools and systems in a special collections environment. 

The Environment

The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at the nation's premier public university. A highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 30,574 undergraduate students, 11,336 graduate students, and 1,525 faculty. The Library comprises 20 campus libraries, including the Doe/Moffitt Libraries, The Bancroft Library, the C.V. Starr East Asian Library, and numerous subject specialty libraries. With a collection of more than 12 million volumes and a collections budget of over $15 million, the Library offers extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with the collections and build their research skills. Discover more about our collections and services at the UC Berkeley Library website. The Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley, is one of the largest and most heavily used libraries of rare materials in the West. Its holdings include more than 690,000 volumes, 175 million manuscript items, 9 million photographs and other pictorial materials, 86,000 microforms, 4.3 million digital files, and 25,000 maps, as well as numerous other categories of unique material. The two largest collections are the Bancroft Collection of Western and Latin Americana and the Rare Books Collection. The archival and rare book materials of the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life are also part of the Bancroft holdings. The Bancroft is home to three research groups: the Oral History Center (formerly the Regional Oral History Office), the Mark Twain Papers, and the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri. The Bancroft Library is an active center of teaching and research. Supporting the programs of about 30 campus departments annually, it mounts a regular series of public exhibitions, roundtable lectures, and open houses. For additional information, please visit the Bancroft Library website. 


The Project Processing Archivist will be responsible for supporting high priority archival processing projects, such as women in politics and western jewish history, of the University of California within the Technical Services Division of The Bancroft Library. Responsibilities include: 

  • Archival processing, preserving, and supporting access to analog, born-digital and hybrid archival collections
  • Implementing and applying tools used in the special collections and archival communities (e.g., ArchivesSpace, Alma/Primo, Digital Asset Management Systems, FTK, ePADD, BitCurator)
  • Coordinating closely with Bancroft curators and the Head of Archival Processing.
  • The Project Processing Archivist will report to the Head of Archival Processing and oversee the work of student library employees as needed. The Project Processing Archivist will work in consultation with Bancroft curators, public services staff, acquisitions staff, other archivists, and Library IT staff, as well as donors and researchers.

UC Berkeley librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance, and work effectively in a shared decision-making environment. Advancement is partially based upon professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show evidence or promise of such contributions to the Library, campus, UC System, and profession. The UC Berkeley Library is committed to supporting and encouraging a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive and imaginative contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity. UC professional librarians are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, the University Council - American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This position is in the bargaining unit. Librarians are entitled to appropriate professional development leave, vacation leave, sick leave, and all other benefits granted non-faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits. To apply, visit https://apptrkr.com/2606124

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