Hartford, CT: PT Traveling Archivist (term), Connecticut State Library

Job Opening Title: Traveling Archivist

Employer Name: Connecticut State Library

Job Location: Hartford, CT

Application Deadline: April 1, 2022

Salary Range: $500/day

Years of experience required: 4

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: Based out of the Connecticut State Library, the Traveling Archivists are funded by grant projects and report to the Director of Conservation ConneCTion. This is a part-time contracted position, with travel within Connecticut. The Traveling Archivist Program encourages best practices in the management, arrangement, description, preservation, and access of archival collections held in cultural heritage organizations in the state. The Traveling Archivist must possess a working knowledge of the operations of collecting institutions and working knowledge of basic archival collections preservation and principles.

Compensation: Traveling Archivists receive $250 for orientation, and $500/day for site visits and remote work. Number of site visits to be determined, but unlikely to exceed five. Benefits are not included and there is no travel compensation.

Key duties and responsibilities: Assist in promoting the Traveling Archivist Program (TAP); arrange site visits; encourage and instruct staff and volunteers during site visits in archival best practices, including appraisal, arrangement and description of archival collections; development of EAD compliant finding aids and proof-reading them for clarity, consistency and completeness; digitization standards and methodology; archive storage and access; knowledge of collection databases such as Connecticut Collections, Past Perfect, Archive Space and Collective Access; assist in the creation of forms and hand-outs to assist institutions after the site visit to continue to perform the work in which they received instruction from the Traveling Archivists; prepare a written report for each site visit; conduct follow-ups via phone/email.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree; strong knowledge of archival principles and practices; experience with current descriptive standards such as EAD and DACS; demonstrated project management skills; knowledge and familiarity of mid-size and emerging cultural heritage institutions; excellent written and verbal communication skills; experience in providing training in archival practices; in-state travel required; must have a car; proficient computer skills required (Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel); 4 years professional experience.

Send cover letter noting training experience and resume to Kathy Craughwell-Varda, Director, Conservation ConneCTion, CSL.ConservationConnection@ct.gov by April 1, 2022.

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