Archivist

Job Ref: JO000097385
Sector: IT
Job Type: Temporary
Date Added: 05 February 2020
  • Bowie MD, US Bowie Prince George's USA 20715
  • $27.22 per HOUR
    HOUR
  • Cheryl Krpata
  • 954-817-2882
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Digitization Archivist

Corestaff Services is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Digitization Archivist at a Museum facility located in Bowie, MD. This position is on government contract and is presently funded for one year.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Appraisal: Assists the Archives management in evaluation of records offered for acquisition; recommends acquisition, reappraisal, reallocation, and/or other disposition. Consults as necessary with donors, other Museum staff in a variety of offices, and other foreign and domestic archivists and professionals in order to make informed recommendations to the Chief Archivist or other staff. Conducts research as necessary in order to recommend records for deaccessioning. Collections may include special media, electronic collections, textual records, microform, photographs, music, graphic materials, and realia. Makes recommendations based on expert knowledge of the collection and of research trends, for the purchase of archival collections.

Records Arrangement: Analyzes, develops, plans, and participates in difficult arrangement or rearrangement at all hierarchical levels of records, perhaps as well as the unification of dispersed archival collections, including materials from same creators that have been placed at the archives in various accessions. Arranges collections hierarchically in series and subseries, subject or format or function as appropriate.

Records Description (Creation of finding aids and catalog records): Develops finding aids and catalog records for collections with complex subject matter, complicated organization, and/or obscure administrative history. Ensures that the finding aids and catalog records provide adequate intellectual control over holdings and are understandable to both specialized researchers and members of the general public. Ensures that finding aids are in compliance with Museum and national standards, including DACS (Describing Archives: a Content Standard). Uses appropriate software to capture relevant information, including the museum database software program (EMu) and ArchivesSpace. Creates finding aids that include introductory narratives containing biographical information about the individual creators; identification and descriptions of series and sub-series within record groups in terms of subject-matter content, arrangement, volume, and chronological span; and appropriate authority-file index terms and cross-references. Researches, translates, or works with qualified volunteers and staff who assist with translation and interpretation of materials, to create accurate descriptions of contents of collections. Conducts research, as appropriate, in online and other bibliographical reference sources. Evaluates and recommends changes in procedures.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Sufficient professional knowledge of fundamental archival principles, theoretical concepts, techniques and functions, and the ability to apply the knowledge to practical problems.
  • Knowledge of 20th century European history, with particular emphasis on the Holocaust and World War II.
  • Reading knowledge of at least one non-English European language.
  • Thorough knowledge of the theory and practice of computer software systems for archival cataloging and management, such as the EMu collections management system.
  • Skill to create standard vocabulary for subject terms, personal names, corporate names, and geographic place names according to Library of Congress authority term rules, and the ability to search other online authority files.
  • Ability to arrange, analyze, and interpret non-current record collections and to assess their value for historical and other scholarly research.
  • Ability to use archival collections and related resources to accomplish the necessary research to allow the implementation of archival theory and practice at the highest professional level.

Corestaff Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer - All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other factor determined to be unlawful under applicable law. Corestaff Services is not associated with Core Staffing Services, Inc. which operates in the New York metro area.

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