Medford, MA: PT Archives & Research Assistant (term), Tufts University

Job Opening Title: PT Archives & Research Assistant

Employer Name: Tufts University

Job Location: Medford, MA

Application Deadline: December 2, 2019

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Years of experience required: 0

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: Tufts University’s Digital Collections and Archives (DCA) is the steward for all Tufts University records of enduring value. It holds over 10,000 linear feet of records and manuscripts in all formats, with strong collecting areas in the fields of environmental justice, social justice, and media and broadcast history.

DCA has an opening for a part-time Archives and Research Assistant available ASAP. Applicants must be graduate students currently enrolled in an Archives Management program with a graduation date of May 2020 or later, and have some knowledge or exposure to archives or special collection operations (through coursework or comparable experience). The Assistant will work under the guidance of, and be mentored by, the Public Services and Outreach Archivist and the Collections Management Archivist.

The Archives and Research Assistant will gain experience in both public services and collections management roles, including participation in DCA’s modern strategies for managing, describing, and providing access to archives, frequent interaction with archives users, and training on and use of tools such as Aeon, ArchivesSpace, Spotlight, and digital preservation tools and systems.
Applicants must be available to work 20 hours a week Monday-Friday, 9-4:30. This is a temporary position through the end of June 2020.
Responsibilities include:
• Public Services: researching and responding to reference requests by phone and email; welcoming, orienting, and monitoring researchers in the reading room; fulfilling scanning and other digitization requests for patrons; retrieving and reshelving materials
• Collections Management: arranging and describing collections; enhancing existing collection description; rehousing and basic preservation activities; stabilizing born-digital records on obsolete media
• Exhibit design and preparation
• Occasional administrative and office support tasks

Candidates should be capable of working fairly independently and comfortable juggling multiple tasks and demands. Excellent written and oral communication skills required. Compensation is $16 per hour.
Please submit your application, consisting of cover letter and resume, to Adrienne Pruitt, Collections Management Archivist, at In your cover letter, please indicate your availability, including days and total hours per week you are available to work.