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  • Monday, April 20, 2020 9:55 AM | Laura DeMuro (Administrator)

    Advising Archivist (Remote) 

    (April 20, 2020)

    Position Type - Part-time, term

    Benefits - No

    Salary Range - Position pays an hourly wage

    Hourly wage range - $46 - $50

    RFP: Structured Metadata Standards & (Scalable) Taxonomy Datasets for Curationist.org

    REMOTE. Incorporated in Richmond, VA

    Date April 17, 2020

    Client MHz Foundation

    Requested by Virginia Poundstone, Content Curation Director, virginia@mhzfoundation.org

    As an online curation platform of open access art and cultural heritage content, MHz Curationist (curationist.org) imagines an online space where cultures meet, differences are celebrated, and people collaborate to build collective knowledge.

    Our goal is to establish two founding documents: a Structured Metadata Standard that we can implement as we pull from open access API sources and (Scalable) Taxonomy Datasets that apply our values of cultural diversity and dynamism while making our materials discoverable through our advanced search tool as well as general SEO. Both of these documents will set clear, intentional, and efficient frameworks that will help us with our mission to increase access to art and cultural heritage and expand cultural awareness.

    In order to accomplish our goals, the team requires an Advising Archivist to create clearly defined in-house Structured Metadata Standards & (Scalable) Taxonomy Datasets that can be based around existing best practices with room to evolve alongside the project and culture-at-large.

    Please review the RFP for a fuller context and project goals. Thank you for taking time to consider helping us advance this project from a pragmatic critical archival studies perspective. We hope to hear from you soon. Proposals will be reviewed until April 24th, 2020.

    CONTEXT SUMMARY

    As an online curation platform of open access art and cultural heritage content, Curationist imagines an online space where cultures meet, differences are celebrated, and people collaborate to build collective knowledge.

    Currently, Curationist is a manually culled and searchable WordPress database of hot linked open access and Creative Commons art and culture content from around the world. The content is curated by a small team of moonlighting freelance contributors who are cultural producers from various fields, experience levels, and cultural backgrounds.

    In 2020, we plan to expand the project into an ecosystem for sharing art and culture in dialog with others. Eventually, this emergent archive will evolve to be a free knowledge hub full of high quality community curated and generated digital content and editorial materials. The beta site is currently in a re-design phase to become more useful, intentional, and entertaining. Enriching, but not academic. Fun and trustworthy.

    PROJECT GOALS

    We want to be a valuable, discoverable, and verifiable source of global art and cultures via anti-colonial, anti-racist, feminist, and queer practices that deliver great art and culture, not as a static authority, but as an emergent collective.

    Having spent a year gaining a strong understanding of content available, obstacles in our current technology, and getting aspirational metrics in place, we are preparing to launch into clear-eyed archive building. It is critical that the technical, content, and communications teams are aligned around standardization of metadata and taxonomy datasets that are flexible enough to expand beyond hegemonic norms to include a plurality of classifications, and is structured enough to stand up to dominant culture.

    Our goal is to establish two founding documents: a Structured Metadata Standard that we can implement as we pull from open access API sources and (Scalable) Taxonomy Datasets that apply our values of cultural diversity and dynamism while making our materials discoverable through our advanced search tool as well as general SEO. Both of these documents will set clear, intentional, intuitive, and efficient frameworks that will help us with our mission to increase access to art and cultural heritage and expand cultural awareness.

    In order to accomplish our goals, the team requires an Advising Archivist to create clearly defined in-house Structured Metadata Standards & (Scalable) Taxonomy Datasets that can be based around existing best practices with room to evolve alongside the project and culture-at-large. We prefer to use a standard (or reference multiple standards) available through a Creative Commons license (if possible) as part of our ethos to participate in the free knowledge movement top to bottom.

    PROJECT SCOPE

    In collaboration with the Content Curation Director, in conversation with the Technical Project Manager, and with logistical support from the Content Curation Coordinator, the Advising Archivist will establish Metadata Standard & (Scalable) Taxonomy Dataset (CC BY-SA 4.0). These documents will determine and provide guidance on:

    which cultural heritage standard(s) we will adopt as a baseline and why with a strong preference for free knowledge sources

    how we will adopt as we forefront knowledges not yet at the center

    additional standards that are needed to ensure alignment on the anti-colonial, intersectional feminist, queer, and anti-racist thought we espouse

    outline a protocol for an evolution of Standards & Datasets so we can remain flexible for lexicon expansion and future planning towards multilingualism and international text layout and typography

    Additionally, the Advising Archivist may discover further lines of inquiry to be considered for future development under this or a separate agreement.

    TIMELINE

    May: Research & Discovery

    June: Delivery of a first draft Metadata Standard & (Scalable) Taxonomy Dataset

    July: Final draft

    Thank you for taking time to consider helping us advance this project from a pragmatic critical archival studies perspective. We hope to hear from you soon. Proposals will be reviewed until April 24th, 2020.

    WE ARE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO

    Approaches Art History, Cultural Heritage and Cultural Theory through social justice frameworks

    Excels in the art and maintenance of Archiving practices

    Is a thought leader in the field with a desire to contribute to the free knowledge movement and help it move beyond its Euro-American centrism

    Is experienced and/or comfortable navigating the nuance of anti-colonial ethos within the colonial practice of collecting, archiving,

    PREFERRED EXPERIENCE

    +/- 5 years of experience as an archivist, registrar, librarian, data scientist, or similar

    Multi-lingual

    Translation & Translation technology

    Peer review and/or collaborative authoring

    Technical writing for archives

    APPRECIATED EXPERIENCE

    Familiarity with Getty Vocabularies (and the critiques of)

    Familiarity with Wikidata (linked open data)

    Familiarity with Asia Art Archive’s Datasets

    Familiarity with Artsy’s Art Genome Project

    Familiarity with international text layout and typography

    Familiarity with structured data as outlined by schema.org and google

    Comfortability with communication through Slack

    Proficiency with Google Docs and Google Drive

    Proficiency in Wordpress or similar CMS

    Proficiency with SEO strategies

    To Apply: Please send Proposal Including Estimate Costs to virginia@mhzfoundation.org


  • Monday, March 09, 2020 7:12 PM | Laura DeMuro (Administrator)

    Processing Archivist

    (March 9, 2020)

    Full-Time Permanent

    Benefits Yes

    Salary Range $56,000 - $65,000

    AJHS is seeking a processing archivist for a full-time, permanent position. This position will report directly to the Director of Collections and Engagement, and the primary function of the position will be to process new AJHS acquisitions; surveying collections and creating processing plans, processing collections, writing finding aids, and crafting recommendations for preservation and digitization of collection materials. This position will also require some limited reference work, participation in the schedule to page materials to researchers, and research in the collections as needed. The salary range for this position is 52-58k per year, commensurate with experience.

    Responsibilities of this position include:

    • Arranging and describing personal papers and institutional records in accordance with contemporary professional standards, vocabularies, and practices, as well as AJHS-specific guidelines for processing
    • Rehousing collection materials and addressing preservation concerns as needed
    • Creating archival description using ArchivesSpace
    • Creating social media content to raise public awareness of newly processed collections
    • Contributing to documentation on processing, encoding, and preservation
    • Undertaking special projects as assigned
    • Participation in the general reference work of the AJHS, including paging materials to the Reading Rooms for researchers

    Required Skills:

    • Master’s Degree in Information and Library Science, Archival Studies, or a related field.
    • 3-5 years of experience working in an archival setting, processing collections.
    • Experience with large organizational collections and MPLP preferred
    • Knowledge of archival best practices and standards.
    • Proficient with ArchivesSpace
    • Ability to work flexibly, independently and collaboratively in a complex organizational environment
    • Capacity to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing

    Desired Skills:

    • Familiarity with records management principles
    • Reading knowledge of Hebrew or Yiddish
    • Familiarity with American Jewish history
    • Experience with born-digital processing

    Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Send cover letter, resume, finding aid sample, and three references to Melanie J Meyers, Director of Collections and Engagement, mmeyers@ajhs.org. No phone calls, please.


  • Thursday, March 05, 2020 10:55 PM | Laura DeMuro (Administrator)

    Lead Archivist--Manuscript Processing (New Haven, CT) 

    (March 5, 2020)

    Position Type: Full time term

    Benefits: Yes

    Salary Range: $66,000 - $75,000

    Supervisor Title (All entry and mid-level position supervisors should be qualified, professional archivists.): Senior Archivist

    The Lead Archivist will supervise a team of archivists during a large-scale processing project to arrange and describe unique manuscript collections dating from the 19th to the 21st century. Work will take place in a state-of-the-art archives and library facility in New Haven, Connecticut. The Lead Archivist and her/his colleagues will process manuscript collections which include papers, photographs, original artworks, and scrapbooks of among others, avant-garde writers, contemporary poets, and children’s book illustrators and authors. This full-time, salaried, two-year contract position includes medical, dental, and vision benefits. Winthrop also provides employees with paid time off and funding for professional development. Salary range: $66,000 to $70,000 per year.

    Responsibilities:

    Archival processing:

    Appraises and processes archival materials in ArchivesSpace at a baseline level.

    Creates collection-level MARC records in the Voyager cataloging module.

    Acts as primary liaison with curators and other relevant department managers.

    Performs regular quality assurance reviews of archivists’ work.

    Identifies materials requiring conservation treatment and/or specialized housing

    Project management:

    Develops workflows and improves efficiency while adapting to variations in collections’ conditions and time requirements.

    Analyzes and tracks workflows. Develops work plans and other documentation.

    Communicates and documents processes and procedures.

    Collaborates with team members and on-site support staff.

    Supervision:

    Schedules, sets appropriate goals/deadlines, and prioritizes workloads for a team of archivists.

    Assigns and monitors progress on assignments and special projects to ensure timely completion of work.

    Advises senior management on operational, administrative, and personnel matters.

    Communicates regularly with Senior Archivist based in New York City.

    Required:

    Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent accredited degree with formal training in or demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and practice.

    Experience arranging and describing manuscript and/or archival collections.

    Demonstrated knowledge of EAD, DACS, and other standards and structures.

    Experience with basic preservation and conservation standards for archival and manuscript collections.

    Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications and analytical ability.

    Experience working collaboratively and independently within a complex organization.

    Demonstrated proficiency in use of ArchivesSpace content management system and Microsoft Excel.

    Familiarity with MARC cataloging.

    3 years of professional level archives work.

    1 or more years of formal or informal supervisory experience.

    Preferred:

    3 or more years of supervisory experience.

    4+ years of professional level archives work.

    Broad knowledge in the humanities, as demonstrated through academic degrees or an equivalent combination of training or experience.

    Good reading ability in one or more modern European languages.

    Experience managing large-scale processing projects.

    Knowledge of standard and emerging library technologies.

    To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and three references to Rachel Greer, Lead Archivist and Project Manager: rgreer@winthropgroup.com with the subject line “Lead Archivist—Manuscript Processing”.


  • Tuesday, March 03, 2020 7:42 PM | Laura DeMuro (Administrator)

    Archives Intern (Summer 2020)

    (March 3, 2020)

    Position Type - Paid Internship

    Does this position satisfy requirements for course credits? - Yes

    Hourly wage range - $18- $25

    Supervisor Title (All student, intern, and volunteer position supervisors should be qualified, professional archivists.) - Director of Archives

    JOB TITLE: Archives Intern


    STATUS: Part-time, Temporary

    LOCATION: Manhattan, New York

    REPORTS TO: Director of Archives

    Overview

    The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is seeking a current or recent MSLIS graduate student for an archives internship. The 12-week internship requires a minimum commitment of 2-3 days a week between May and August 2020. Exact start and finish dates are flexible. Interns will receive a $18/hour and academic credit is encouraged and supported.

    Under supervision of the Director of Archives and Assistant Archivist, possible projects include:

    * Assist with digitization of archival materials and metadata entry

    * Create and/or update records in ArchivesSpace

    * Create and expand research guides

    * Assist with research appointments and other duties as assigned

    Qualifications

    * Current or recent Master of Science in Library and Information Science student with a specialization in archives

    * Knowledge of basic archival principles

    * Familiarity with ArchivesSpace or similar database desired

    * Knowledge of Rauschenberg and modern art a plus

    ADA Specifications

    * Requires ability to sit, stand, speak and hear, sometimes for extended periods of time

    * Must be able to safely lift up to 50 lbs.

    * Must be able to climb stairs and ladders

    How to Apply

    If interested, please email a resume, cover letter, and two (2) references to archives@rauschenbergfoundation.org. Include the position title in the subject line. No phone calls.

    Application deadline: Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Qualified applicants may be contacted, interviewed, and selected prior to deadline.

    About the Foundation

    The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation fosters the legacy of Rauschenberg’s life and work. The foundation supports artists, initiatives, and institutions that embody the same innovative, inclusive, and multidisciplinary approach that Rauschenberg exemplified in both his art and philanthropic endeavors. Learn more on our website: http://www.rauschenbergfoundation.org.

    https://www.rauschenbergfoundation.org/foundation/job-openings



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