Job Opening Title: Archival Processing Assistant
Employer Name: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Job Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Application Deadline: Open until filled
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Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) seeks candidates for the following temporary position located in the University Libraries (Lied Library on the UNLV main campus):
Archival Processing Assistant
This temporary position is scheduled 19 hours/week, from October 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. Hours will be scheduled between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday- Friday, in alignment with Special Collections hours of operation.
UNLV Libraries is currently hiring an archival processing assistant to work on a three-year archival processing project that began September 1, 2017. This project is designed to improve access and discovery of archival materials in Special Collections by arranging and describing a backlog of archival collections in a variety of formats, including personal papers, institutional records, oral histories, and photographs. Under the guidance of the Visiting Librarian, processing assistants will perform efficient nuanced processing (sometimes called “MPLP”) to create or enrich collection descriptions and perform appropriate levels of physical rehousing and arrangement.
For this position, UNLV Libraries Special Collections and Archives Technical Services will provide structured training under the guidance of a credentialed professional, including instruction in basic archival theory and hands-on experience in archival processing. The individual hired for this position who is enrolled in graduate programs for library science, archival studies, public history, museum studies, or a related field may be eligible to receive course credit for some of the work performed (depending upon the rules and requirements of the graduate program).
-Implement existing archival processing plans
-Physically re-house and arrange materials as appropriate
-Research collections and review existing descriptions for completeness and compliance with national descriptive standards (such as RDA and DACS)
-Assign name and subject headings using controlled vocabularies (such as LCSH, LCNAF, and AAT)
-Create collection descriptions using ArchivesSpace, an electronic collection management system, and publish descriptions to the Web
Sitting at a computer screen, physically lifting and moving materials weighing up to 50 lbs., maneuvering book trucks weighing up to 100 lbs., bending and stretching, and exposure to dust.
-Strong organizational skills
-Strong written communication skills
-Strong computer/technology skills
-Demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment
Attention to detail
-Experience working with archival materials
-Coursework in library and/or archival studies
-Familiarity with descriptive standards (such as RDA and DACS)
-Familiarity with controlled vocabularies (such as LCSH, LCNAF, and AAT)
** These are temporary funded positions for 10 months at $1,600 per month minus taxes. No benefits. 19 hours per week. No housing or relocation available.
To apply, please email Cyndi Shein, Head of Special Collections Technical Services firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin September 1, 2019. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Email subject line should read: LOA application-YOUR NAME
Email must include the following attachments:
Cover letter (why you are interested in this position)
Résumé, including names and contact information for three professional references
UNLV is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action educator and employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas employs only United States citizens and non-citizens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.