Technical Services Archivist: The Monsignor William Noé Field Archives and Special Collections at Seton Hall University invites applications for a full-time, indefinitely renewable Lecturer Library faculty position. We seek an archivist with cataloging experience who can oversee long term preservation and access to Seton Hall’s rare book and manuscript collections.
The archives collects and maintains a manuscript collection that is particularly strong in the records of notable political figures and writers from the state of New Jersey. Special Collections holds a rare book collection with strengths in Irish history, Catholic doctrine and practice, and, to a lesser extent, modern American poetry and the American Civil War. Special Collections forms a single division with Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall’s art gallery, which curates and manages a permanent collection comprising not only art objects in many formats, but also specialized research collections in anthropology and other fields. It is a diverse collection serving a diverse population within and without the university.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for the arrangement and description of manuscript, institutional, print, photographic and related special collections, including the creation and publication of finding aids • Manage access and description of Seton Hall’s rare book collections, ensuring they are stored safely, planning for grow room for the collection, and using space efficiently • Identify digitization and conservation priorities in both rare book and manuscript collections • Accession archival collections and perform original cataloging of new rare books • Survey collections and create processing plans, identifying preservation and privacy priorities • Create custom archival housings for fragile books and audio-visual formats • Maintain collections database in Archivesspace, and contribute catalog records to WMS and OCLC • Take cooperative role in managing storage space shared with Walsh Gallery, contributing archival expertise to issues that arise • Oversee and implement ongoing collections shift • Support outreach activities as part of collection management • Develop and implement digitization workflows and create metadata for digital projects • Supervise student workers, interns, and volunteers, developing project workflows and assessing day to day outcomes • Complete special projects as assigned
• MLS or MLIS with concentration in Archives or Rare Books or recognized equivalent in experience or training • Knowledge of archival principles and practices, including Describing Archives: A Content Standard • Experience processing archival collections • Minimum of two years’ experience cataloging rare materials in an academic research library or similar setting • Knowledge and awareness of emerging trends in cataloging and metadata • Experience with archival management software such as Archivesspace • Training in creating custom enclosures for rare materials • Ability to manage several competing priorities in a fast-paced environment • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and ensure regular workflows • Demonstrated interest in continued professional growth, maintaining knowledge or skills through involvement in professional organizations or continued education • Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups within a complex organization • Excellent interpersonal, organization, and communication skills • Ability to support the Catholic mission of the University.
• Experience with space management, inventorying and shifting collections • Experience with digitization of archival materials • Knowledge of a second language, particularly Latin, Italian, Spanish, or French • Experience in museums, familiarity with museum practices and terminology
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Must be able to lift 50lbs, walking/standing, pushing heavy book carts.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please provide contact information for 3 professional references.
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