The Martha's Vineyard Museum seeks an experienced project archivist for the successful execution of
archives cataloging project. This is a grant-funded, 11-month, full time contract position in the curatorial
department of the Martha's Vineyard Museum. EOE.
Responsibilities and Duties:
- Create processing plans for archival collections.
- Arrange, describe and rehouse archival collections in a variety of formats and identify and recommend materials in need of conservation treatment.
- Write and edit finding aids according to national standards, such as DACS.
- Create and maintain online archival finding aids, including EAD encoding.
- Author collection level MARC records for archival collections and submit to national union catalogs.
- Adhere to or establish local processing standards according to national best practice.
- Work with project team to establish priorities, work-flow and deadlines for the project.
- Create/update collection level information in the Museum's collection management system.
- Perform regular reporting of metrics for processing projects.
- Provide advice and support to volunteers and interns, and review, edit and finalize their work.
- Supervise and/or coordinate full-time and part-time staff, interns and others engaged in collection processing.
- Minimum qualifications are an MLS/MIS/MLIS or MAS from an ALA-accredited program (or equivalent).
- Formal training in archival theory and practice or relevant work experience.
- Experience processing and cataloging archival and manuscript collections in a variety of formats.
- Working knowledge of DACS, EAD, AACR2, MARC, LC Authorities, AAT and Dublin Core.
- Knowledge of basic preservation standards for archival collections.
- Excellent technical skills, including experience with EAD authoring tools, collection management systems, cataloging systems and other standard desktop software applications.
- Excellent interpersonal, communication and organization skills.
- Ability to work effectively, both independently and collaboratively, in a collegial environment.
- Knowledge of encoding and stylesheet authoring, in particular, XML and XSLT (in relation to EAD), and XML editors.
- Project management experience.
- Experience using and managing an installation of Archivist's Toolkit.
- Experience supervising staff working on multiple projects.
- Familiarity with PastPerfect museum software.
To apply for this position, submit cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references to Kate Gulick-Tuers, subject line: Project Archivist.