Associate Director, Barnard Archives & Special Collections
(February 11, 2020)
Position Type Full Time
Salary Range * $66,000 - $75,000
Under the direction of the Director of Archives and Special Collections and within the Barnard Library and Academic Information Services (BLAIS) department, the Associate Director of Archives & Special Collections will conceive, develop and implement projects for the Barnard College Archives and Special Collections. The Associate Director is primarily responsible for developing digital collections and the infrastructure to support them and collaborates on overall archives operations: accessioning and processing collections; digitization and preservation; supervising undergraduate and graduate student staff; performing archives reference; and executing outreach, exhibits, and programming to promote the use of the archives. As a staff member of an archives situated in a liberal arts college, the Associate Director collaborates with librarians, circulations and operations staff, academic technologists, staff of the Centers, and faculty to bring archives and primary source instruction to the curriculum.
The Barnard Archives and Special Collections are comprised of over 400 distinct collections. We document the history of the College and collect special collections materials that relate to broader histories of feminism and dance and advance the mission of the College by collaborating in teaching and learning. The Archives are a highly collaborative unit, with partnerships both within Barnard (with the Library and Centers as well as faculty and other staff) and external communities. The staff of the Barnard Archives commits to work that is equitable and anti-oppressive, and encourages and supports work which centers voices, knowledge, and memory-making practices historically excluded from the archival record. More about the mission of the unit can be found here (https://archives.barnard.edu/what-we-do/mission).
Barnard Library and Academic Information Services (BLAIS) develops and curates unique collections and information resources and provides services that support the Barnard faculty and community and establish a foundation for intellectual inquiry, ethical scholarship, and lifelong learning among Barnard students. The Milstein Center for Teaching and Learning, opened in the Fall of 2018 and incorporates 6 new centers into the library, including the Empirical Reasoning Center, Design Center, Digital Humanities Center, Media Center, Movement Lab and Computational Science Center. BLAIS is committed to the College’s work in all its many facets of student and faculty support.
1. Collects, processes, and makes accessible archival collections, with a focus on born-digital records.
2. Directs the digitization of select Archives records for inclusion in digital collections.
3. Collaborates with the Director on setting goals for digital access to collections and pursues collaborative digital projects and funding to support access.
4. Takes the lead role in the creation, maintenance and stewardship of digital collections.
5. Oversees the development and maintenance of the Archives’ digital collections. Implements systems related to digital collections, digital preservation, and archival management.
6. Administers annual budget related to digital infrastructure and projects for the Archives and Special Collections.
7. Facilitates research in the Archives collections and performs reference.
8. Supervises undergraduate student and graduate student staff.
9. Collaborates with librarians on instruction and consultation for undergraduate students.
10. Collaborates with Director and other partners (including library staff, staff of the Centers, and others) on outreach, communications, exhibits, and programming.
11. Participates on BLAIS teams, committees, or working groups, as well as collaborative projects within Barnard and with consortial partners.
12. Maintains knowledge of best practices and emerging technologies in the archival and special collections field.
13. May contribute to collection development, donor relations, and grant-writing/development work.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Expertise in archival processing, description, and metadata. Experience with archival management software such as ArchivesSpace, digital collections software such as Islandora, and other archival software/platforms highly desirable.
Expertise with current practices related to digitization and digital preservation.
Ability to collaborate with technical staff on scripting, development work, and systems administration.
Flexibility and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.
Demonstrates enthusiasm and strategies for making archives research and archives work more broadly accessible.
Demonstrated critical analysis of archives or the archives profession (e.g. bringing a critical race, feminist, disability justice, and/or queer theoretical lens to archival work).
Evidence of effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
Required Qualification Summary
Master’s degree in any of the following or a related degree: Library Science/Archives/Information Science from an ALA-accredited program, African and African Diaspora Studies, Asian and Asian American Studies, Disability Studies, Latin American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Queer Studies, and/or Women’s and Gender Studies.
Five to seven years’ experience with archival or related work.
Preferred Qualification Summary
Experience in archival or library instruction, or other teaching, presentation, or mentoring experience.
Proven experience in leading projects and delegating work.
Experience with XML, JSON, or other data interchange formats.
Knowledge of scripting and/or programming languages.
Starting salary range for this position is 72,000-75,000 (with annual merit increases) and includes Barnard's excellent benefits (https://barnard.edu/human-resources/benefits).
Please apply through the website https://careers.barnard.edu/postings/4988; email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions