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).
About BLAIS: 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.
Department: Library - Archives
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.
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Since its founding in 1889, Barnard has been a distinguished leader in higher education, offering a rigorous liberal arts foundation to young women whose curiosity, drive, and exuberance set them apart. Ours is a diverse intellectual community in a unique learning environment that provides the best of all worlds: small, intimate classes in a collaborative liberal arts setting dedicated to the advancement of women with the vast resources of Columbia University just steps away in the heart of vibrant and electric New York City.