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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Project Archivist, Columbia U (NY)



The Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library is searching for an archivist to process the records of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program. The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program was designed to promote social justice, community development, and access to education through providing advanced study opportunities to more than 4,300 social justice leaders from the world's most vulnerable populations. The program, which ran from 2001 through 2013, was the largest single project to be funded by the Ford Foundation since its inception in 1936. The records of the program include fellow files, administrative records of the Foundation's New York Secretariat, and records generated by 22 international partner offices in the administration of the program. 

This position is funded through September 30, 2016 with the possibility of extension. Reporting to the Head of Archives Processing, the Project Archivist will be responsible for the arrangement and description of approximately 450 linear feet of records, identification and referral of items for conservation treatment as necessary, and the preparation of EAD-encoded finding aids and other descriptive access tools. The Project Archivist will work closely with the Digital Assets Archivist on the appraisal, arrangement, and description of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program's born digital material. The Project Archivist will recruit students and coordinate their activities with the collection, assigning tasks, maintaining schedules, and monitoring the overall pace and direction of work. The Project Archivist will submit regular progress reports on processing statistics. 

One of the world's leading research universities, Columbia provides outstanding opportunities to work and grow in a unique intellectual community. Set in the Morningside Heights academic village, Columbia also presents the unmatched dynamism, diversity and cultural richness of New York City. The University Libraries, grounded in collections of remarkable depth and breadth, are also building extensive electronic resources and services. The Libraries at Columbia are committed to collegiality, professionalism, innovation, and leadership.

Minimum Qualifications:
M.L.S. from an ALA-accredited library school or graduate degree in history or related discipline and experience arranging and describing archival collections (or the equivalent combination of education and experience); familiarity with the application of Greene and Meissner processing techniques; familiarity with DACS, EAD, MARC, LCSH, AACR2, and appropriate metadata standards and schema; familiarity with current best practices in arranging and describing born digital records; familiarity with automated library information management systems such as Endeavor/Voyager; knowledge of basic preservation and conservation standards for archival and manuscript collections; a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; excellent organizational skills, accuracy, and attention to detail; ability to work independently and collaboratively in a production-oriented, team environment; ability to work quickly, efficiently, and meet project goals and deadlines. 

Preferred Qualifications: 
Experience arranging large, complex collections; supervisory experience. 

Interested candidates should apply via the quicklink:

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.