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Thursday, March 09, 2023 9:26 PM | Laura DeMuro (Administrator)


(March 9, 2023)

Position Title - Archivist

Supervisor Title (All entry and mid-level position supervisors should be qualified, professional archivists.) - Associate Director for Information Resources

Position Type - Full-time, term

Benefits - Yes

Salary Range - $76,000 - $85,000

The Stewart and Lynda Resnick Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at West Point and the USMA Library seek a Project Archivist to process and make available manuscript and other materials received from retired Canadian Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire related to the Rwandan genocide of 1994 and Dallaire’s time in Rwanda from 1993-1995. During that time, Lieutenant-General Dallaire was the commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR). The collections include personal papers along with records from government and international agencies. The Project Archivist will be responsible for the entire process of acquiring, accessioning, appraising, processing, and digitizing the materials in this collection. The Project Archivist will also assist in planning the launch of the digital archive. Travel may be required in the process of acquiring the materials.

Preferred Qualifications for this Project

  • Background in Holocaust and Genocide Studies and/or modern African history.
  • Reading knowledge of the French language in addition to fluency in English.
  • Familiarity with ArchivesSpace and associated XML schemas and XML editors
  • Familiarity with ExLibris Alma.

Reporting to the Associate Director for Information Resources, the Project Archivist processes and makes available for use specific archival and/or manuscript collections and any related materials. The Project Archivist also creates descriptive tools for each collection of materials therein including MARC catalog records and Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids. The incumbent may also be expected to provide outreach on behalf of USMA through the creation of exhibits based on the project and through the performance of reference assistance for research and use of these and other related collections.

The incumbent will:

  • Create work plans which record basic information about the collection, suggest proposed arrangement schemes, project time estimates, and contribute to all decisions made during the project.
  • Conduct appraisal of material within collections, a process by which the permanent, archival value of materials are evaluated.
  • Perform initial preservation work such as removing rusty metal hardware, unfolding and flattening documents, and transferring material to new, acid-free folders and boxes.
  • Assess and perform advanced preservation work as needed to stabilize any materials at high risk of degradation or loss.
  • Along with USMA Library staff, identify and document any sensitive or classified material requiring restricted access based on national security interests or donor agreements.
  • Write finding aids for each collection, describing the creator of the records, historical context, and subject content of the collection. Finding aids also include detailed box and folder inventories.
  • Digitize materials from each collection according to professional standards set by the USMA Library. Upload digitized copies into USMA Library storage and retrieval systems with all appropriate metadata.
  • Encode finding aids in XML according to the Encoded Archival Description (EAD) standard.
  • Load and maintain appropriate records in USMA Library’s ArchivesSpace database.
  • Create MARC format bibliographic records for each collection, which are included in both WorldCat and the library's local catalog.
  • Produce other descriptive tools such as local indexes as needed.

All applications must be submitted through the USAJOBS website prior to March 20, 2023.


questions? communications@nycarchivists.org

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