Assistant Archivist

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Classification:Library Professional 1
Grade:Grade 78
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Rasmuson Library
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Library/Physical/Social Sciences, Other

Position Summary:

Join our dedicated team and be a part of the North’s great history! The Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives (APRCA) is hiring an Assistant Archivist to serve the public and work with historical papers, manuscripts and photographs. Housed within the Rasmuson Library at University of Alaska Fairbanks, APRCA acquires, preserves, and provides access to materials documenting the history of Alaska and polar areas. APRCA contains maps, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, business records, university records,and more than one million photographs. The Assistant Archivist's primary duties include assisting researchers, teachers and students, as well as members of the broader community in finding and accessing collection materials; arranging and describing collections; assisting in the preparation of grants; and working on special projects such as library exhibits, and talks to classes and the public.

Duties:

10AdministrativeMonitors inventory of archival supplies for all fund 1 activity of the unit. Other job duties as assigned.Essential
30Collections 1) Archival arrangement and description. Arranges, writes descriptions, and prepares finding aids for archival and manuscript collections; revises, edits, and/or writes finding aids and container lists to meet archival standards. 2) Archival projects coordination. Identifies and works on special projects. In consultation with the Archivist: coordinates project, makes recommendations on project design and budget, monitors budget, reports progress, supervises project assistants. Projects may include managing a grant-funded archival processing project, coordinating the Archives'' component of a digitization project, or surveying special format archival materials for preservation and access needs. 3) Performs basic preservation on Archives and Manuscripts collections, including manuscript repair, preservation rehousing, and disaster salvage.Essential
60Reference and bibliographic instruction. 1) Coordinates reference services. Primary reference contact for all units within the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives for in-person, telephone, email, and correspondence queries. Works with faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, international researchers, and the general public. 2) Serves as primary reference specialist to library users at the Research Room for the Archives & Manuscripts, Oral History, and Rare Books and Maps units: conducts in-depth reference interviews to ascertain research need; acquaints researchers with resources, policies and procedures of department; recommends sources and collections for research. Handles difficult and complex requests independently. 3) Conducts complex historical research to answer requests. 4) Prepares and presents programs and group instruction to University classes (graduate and undergraduate), faculty and staff, and the general public. 5) Supervises handling and use of rare materials in Research Room.Essential

Join our dedicated team and be a part of the North’s great history! The Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives (APRCA) is hiring an Assistant Archivist to serve the public and work with historical papers, manuscripts and photographs. Housed within the Rasmuson Library at University of Alaska Fairbanks, APRCA acquires, preserves, and provides access to materials documenting the history of Alaska and polar areas. APRCA contains maps, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, business records, university records,and more than one million photographs.  The Assistant Archivist's primary duties include assisting researchers, teachers and students, as well as members of the broader community in finding and accessing collection materials; arranging and describing collections; assisting in the preparation of grants; and working on special projects such as library exhibits, and talks to classes and the public. Starting salary is $23.60/hr. DOE.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

Demonstrated commitment to public service or experience with reference in a special collections or archives.  Knowledge of information research methodologies and techniques. Knowledge of historical and genealogical information resources.  Demonstrated ability to prioritize complex requests for assistance and information.  Skill in project management, including workflow development, reporting, and budget monitoring.  Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.  Able to lift 35-pound boxes.

 

Preferred Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

Advanced knowledge of polar history, anthropology, or political science, as these disciplines relate to Alaska, Arctic, Antarctic and sub-Arctic regions. Knowledge of Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives.  Knowledge of basic conservation and preservation techniques.  Knowledge of archival arrangement and description standards.

 

Required Experience:

One year progressively responsible experience in an archives or research library, including experience in public service. A MLS/MIS or a MA/MS in Alaska or polar regions history, northern studies, or cultural studies in a related field may substitute for experience. 

 

Preferred Experience:

Experience using Star Knowledge Center for Archives (SKCA). Supervisory experience.

 

Typical Education or Training:

Bachelor's degree in history, anthropology, northern studies, or a related degree; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

 

Preferred Education or Training:

Graduate degree in Alaska or polar regions history, anthropology, cultural studies, or related degree; or a Master of Library Science or related degree.  Advanced knowledge of Alaska or polar history, anthropology, or political science (or related field).

  

Review Date:

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date.  Please include a cover letter, resume and three professional references. 

 

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

 

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

 

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF. The policy can be located at: http://www.uaf.edu/chancellor/policy/04.07.010/

 

Tobacco-Free Campus:

UAF Campus is a tobacco free campus. For more information, please go to: http://www.uaf.edu/tobaccofreecampus/

 

Notice of Nondiscrimination:

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution. The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

 

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