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Job Posting: Director of Archive, San Francisco Opera

http://sfopera.com/About/Employment—Volunteering/Administration/Archivist.aspx

REQUIREMENTS:
§ Master’s Degree in Library Science with a concentration in archives
management
§ Preferred degree in history
§ Minimum ten years’ archiving management experience
§ Able to establish, grow and advocate for the Company’s first official
Archive
§ Able to ensure the Archive is a living/ongoing resource for the
Company, its supporters, artists, academia, and the public
worldwide
§ Serve as a key role in the preparation of the Company’s upcoming
Centennial (2022/2023)
§ Able to establish best practices for the evolving San Francisco
Opera Archive
§ Familiar with all phases of archive management
§ Detailed understanding and experience with the most current
archival records management technology
§ Detailed knowledge of media records management and tools
§ Excellent familiarity with archiving software and tools
§ Outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with all
artists, staff, public and volunteers in a professional,
collaborative, confidential manner
§ Serve as a key staff member of the Company.
§ Able to manage and direct the volunteer archive corps
§ Management and organizational skills, including the ability to work
independently, prioritize competing tasks, exercising good judgment
and the ability to thrive well in a fast-paced, rapidly changing
environment
§ Excellent computer skills including strong familiarity with Microsoft
Office applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
along with Photoshop and archival software
§ Comprehensive knowledge of opera and classical performing
arts preferred


Job Postings: Copyright and Fair Use Librarian and Digital Repository Librarian, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

http://library.tamu.edu/about/employment/faculty-positions/scholarly-comunications-librarians-position-announcement.html

Required Qualifications for All Positions:

  • American Library Association (ALA)-accredited Master’s degree (or international equivalent)
    • Knowledge of open access, the research process, current issues in scholarly; communication, and the role of libraries and librarians in supporting scholarly practices;
    • Experience designing, implementing, or managing an innovative project, program, or tool;
    • Understanding or experience in documenting workflows and policies;
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
    • Strong customer service orientation, positive interpersonal skills, and ability to work in teams;
    • Experience working successfully with individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Desired Qualifications for Copyright/Fair Use Librarian:

  • Coursework or work experience related to copyright, intellectual property rights, and fair use;
  • Experience in teaching, instruction, and workshop design on copyright/fair use;
  • Juris Doctorate or other law degree.

 Desired Qualifications for Digital Repositories Librarian:

  • Experience or training in managing and/or developing repositories and digital collections;
  • Knowledge of scripting languages and/or XML.

Unpaid Internship: Archives Assistant, The Dennis Hopper Art Trust, Hollywood, CA

https://archivesgig.wordpress.com/2015/06/25/hollywood-ca-archive-intern-the-dennis-hopper-art-trust/

Job Opening Title: Archive Assistant Intern
Institution/Organization Name: The Dennis Hopper Art Trust
Job Location (City, State, Province, Country): Hollywood, Ca, USA
Application Deadline:
Years of experience required: entry level okay

The Dennis Hopper Art Trust Archive is looking for 1-2 interns to work approximately 10 hours per week (Mondays & Wednesdays, 11am-4pm to start for training with Archivist). More hours are available if interested or needed for academic credit.
The DHAT Archive is in need of responsible and precise individuals to assist with archival data & image entry, photo research and scanning for import into a new Art and Archive database.

This position is available to begin immediately and will continue for the Summer semester. There is a possibility that the position can carry over to or begin again in the Fall for internship credit for the right candidate.

Contact Name: Jennifer Vanoni
Contact Email:jennifer(at)dennishoppertrust.com


Job Posting: Archives Assistant (Term), Harvard’s Peabody Museum, Cambridge, MA

https://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=176086815

Duties & Responsibilities:
This position is responsible for processing archival collections, including arranging and describing, cataloguing, rehousing, tracking locations and transferring to storage. The position is also responsible for managing digitization projects of the Museum’s large holdings of photographic collections. The position is needed to prepare Peabody archival collections for a proposed renovation, to track and move collections, and to establish intellectual control over the backlog of unprocessed archival collections and new accessions. This position will rehouse, catalogue, track and coordinate move of photographic material to off-site storage locations. Rehouse as needed, catalogue, track and coordinate move of map collection and oversize plans, prints and drawings (8,000+ items). Process (arrange, describe, rehouse, catalogue) archival collections to prepare for storage. Perform research pertaining to materials as needed to gain intellectual control. Oversee image scanning projects by student and LHT employees; provides training in technical procedures. Performs quality control of TMS (The Museum System) data associated with digital projects. Assists with the daily activities in the Peabody Museum Archives as needed. Other duties as required.

Basic Qualifications:
Two years experience as a collections technician, archivist assistant or related position in an archive, library or museum working directly with archival collections

Additional Qualifications:
Knowledge of issues of handling, storage, and preservation of fragile archival collections. Solid knowledge of established archival standards and best practices for processing archival materials. Proficiency with relational databases such as TMS (The Museum System), and knowledge of basic metadata and descriptive standards for anthropological collections. Technology skills, including digital imaging hardware and software, , Microsoft Office, XML, HTML and EAD. Familiarity with archaeology and anthropology disciplines. Ability to work independently and as part of a team and communicate effectively with museum staff. Excellent organizational skills and ability to establish priorities and focus on designated tasks to meet project deadlines. Ability to lift heavy boxes.

Additional Information:
All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources

A strong internal candidate has been identified

This is a term position with a scheduled end date of Dec. 31, 2016


Job Posting: Archives Assistant (Temp., P/T), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY

The Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is seeking candidates for a temporary part-time Archives Assistant position. The position is 14 hours per week for six months, working on a project to survey archival materials held by curatorial and other departments throughout the Museum under the direction of the Chief Librarian and Managing Archivist.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties

  • Survey archival materials in Museum offices to determine number of distinct collections, their physical extent and condition, preservation needs, and research potential
  • Enter information about archival collections into survey database.

Requirements and Qualifications

Experience and Skills

  • Basic knowledge of preservation and conservation practices for historical records required.
  • Familiarity with archival surveys, and with standards for the arrangement and description of archival collections required.
  • Experience entering information into Microsoft Access or similar database required.
  • Strong oral communication skills required.

Knowledge and Education

  • BA degree in art history, history or related field required.
  • Some coursework completed towards Masters Degree in Library Science, Information Science, or History/Archival Management required.

Please send a cover letter and resume to lib.search@metmuseum.org , with “archives assistant” in the subject line.

http://libmma.org/portal/temporary-part-time-archives-assistant-20150618


Job Posting: Archivist for the Architect of the Capitol, Washington, DC

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/407424000

The mission of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is to serve Congress and the Supreme Court, preserve America’s Capitol and inspire memorable experiences. Under the leadership of Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, the roles and responsibilities of the Architect of the Capitol cover an expansive and diverse portfolio. The AOC is responsible for the maintenance, operation, development and preservation of 17.4 million square feet of buildings and more than 553 acres of land throughout Capitol Hill. The AOC provides a welcoming and educational environment for millions of visitors through the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center and the US Botanic Garden. The AOC also provides professional expertise on the preservation of architectural and artistic elements entrusted to its care. Learn more at www.aoc.gov.

This position is assigned to the Architect of the Capitol, Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, Curator Division, Records Management and Archives Branch and serves as an Archivist in the Records Management and Archives Branch.

Incumbent is responsible for the accessioning, arrangement, description, preservation, and management of the permanently valuable historical records of the Architect of the Capitol. Because the Architect of the Capitol is exempted by law from sending the agency’s permanent records to the National Archives, the Archivist performs a range of duties normally undertaken by the staff of the National Archives and Records Administration.

Duties include:

– Evaluating and accessioning historical paper and electronic records as documentary evidence of the administrative history of the agency and the history of the Capitol Complex.

-Organizing, maintaining, and preserving the permanent records of the AOC in textual and electronic format following the highest archival standards.

-Researching the history of the United States Capitol utilizing the historical records of the agency.

-Assisting the Chief of the Records Management and Archives Branch on matters of records retention and management, archival storage, and planning of microfilming/scanning projects as well as overseeing the daily work of Archives Technicians and summer employees.

-Performing reference services in the records of the Architect for AOC staff and contractors, congressional staff, government agencies, scholars, and the public.

-Conducting research in the historical records and published sources and drafting clear and concise responses to reference requests.

-Working with others to implement and maintain an electronic document and records management system to manage records across the AOC and researching new methods of representing descriptive information for access, incorporating finding aids, databases, and the AOC Guide to Historical Records.

-Conducting agency records inventories in order to update the records schedules in AOC jurisdictions.

-Developing and implementing the agency’s oral history program.

-Presenting results of research in the form of inventories, reports, and presentations.

***A Master’s Degree in archival or library science is preferred***


Job Posting: Software Developers (2), The Getty, Los Angeles, CA

For any librarians who are also coders….

http://jobs.code4lib.org/job/21563/

I’m looking for two good library coders to join my team at the Getty<http://www.getty.edu> Research Institute<http://www.getty.edu/research/>.

Our current team is made up of myself, three more software engineers, and a UX designer (3 female, 2 male).

Our current projects include:

1. Rebuilding the Getty Research Portal<http://portal.getty.edu/portal/landing> The Portal is a search index for art history texts digitized by the Getty and other museums and libraries around the world. It’s a simple catalog of records with links to the digitized items hosted by the conrtibuting intitutions. It was built several years ago as a custom Java + Solr application. We are moving it to an ElasticSearch index and putting a nicer UI on top which we intend to build with Angular.js.

2. Rebuilding the Provenance Index<http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/provenance/search.html> The Provenance Index is a collection of databases containing records of auction house transactions, dealer stock books, archival inventories, etc., which enable users to trace the provenance of a piece of artwork, conduct research of art markets, and study the history of collecting. The current system was built 30 years ago as a non-integrated collection of flat file databases. We are going to rebuild the entire system as a Linked Data application.

3. Scholar’s Workspace This web application is an online environment for art historians to conduct collaborative research by sharing images of artwork, facsimiles of transcripts, and other digital surrogates. They can annotate these items, create comparisons, build bibliographies, etc. — essentially all the actions and discussions they need to conduct collaborative research. A proof-of-concept system was already built in Drupal by another team and has been used on a couple research projects. My team will build the production version (not in Drupal, possibly in Django + Angular…Djangular??) and make use of some appropriate standards such as IIIF and Open Annotation.

4. Digital Archives Navigation Application (DANA) This project will be a complete rethinking of how we present archival collections to users. We intend to break apart the siloed nature of EAD encoded finding aids, and link reources within a collection and between multiple collections and across multiple applications (such as the Portal and Provenance Index mentioned above, along with many others).

5. Digitization, Automation, ‘Flow & Tracking (DAFT) We digitize a lot of stuff here, and we have been given a mandate to double our output. Our workflows grew organically over the years and are filled with exceptions, workarounds, switchbacks, and offshoots. If we’re going to continue to grow, we need to do some pruning and add some structure. We have recently begun mapping the entire workflow and my team will build a an application to track (and automate as much as possible) every item digitized, from the moment of selection, through every step of processing, and finally to the upload into various repositories like the Getty Research Portal, the Internet Archive, and the Hathi Trust. This will be built almost exclusively with Python/Django.

Those are the major projects my team has been tasked with. Each of these projects is interesting in its own way and should provide each contributor a satisying challenge and an excellent opportunity for professional growth. If you are interested in collaboratively building information-intensive web applications (primarily using Python and JavaScript frameworks), then we have plenty of work to offer you.

The Getty is a great place to work. The environment is second to none in beauty<http://www.getty.edu/visit/center/>. We have a team of good natured people. And we get every other Friday off!

If you’re interested you can find the job applications here:

Software Engineer<https://jobs-getty.icims.com/jobs/2592/software-engineer/job> (1-4 years experience) Software Engineer<https://jobs-getty.icims.com/jobs/2593/software-engineer/job> (5+ years experience)

Feel free to contact me with questions.

Thanks,

Josh

Joshua Gomez | Sr. Software Engineer

Getty Research Institute | Los Angeles, CA

(310) 440-7410


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