Reporting to the Director of Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement, the Distinctive Collections Librarian/Archivist coordinates one or more services or functional programs for archives and/or special collections including: the arrangement and description of distinctive collections materials according to national standards; the acquisition, marketing and management of distinctive collections with a focus on developing new exhibits and outreach activities; the description of digitized materials in the Villanova Digital Library; the coordination and editing of transcriptions across all distinctive collections. Assists in the development and maintenance of relationships with internal and external partners and University Offices, and provides library research consultation in response to user inquiries and instructional activities with faculty relating to archives and special collections materials.
Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University's mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University's mission and values.
Duties and Responsibilities
Coordinates one or more service or functional programs for archival and/or special collection including: the arrangement and description of materials according to national standards; the acquisition, marketing and management of collections with a focus on developing new exhibits and outreach activities; the description of digitized materials in the Villanova Digital Library; the coordination and editing of transcriptions across all distinctive collections.
Contributes to acquisition, arrangement, and description of distinctive collections; distinctive collections exhibit and outreach activities; scanning lab operations; historical transcription editing.
Responsible for the quality control of scanned images, development of knowledge creation projects, manuscript transcription, the description, access, and exhibition of materials from other distinctive collections, and the creation and uniform construction of metadata descriptions for materials in the Digital Library.
Provides library research consultations in response to user inquiries and instructional activities with faculty relating to archives, special collections, and digital library materials.
Leads and contributes to programs, goals and strategic initiatives of the Collections and Stewardship area, Falvey Memorial Library, Villanova University, and professional organizations, as appropriate.
Performs additional duties and assists with special projects as assigned.
MLS or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited institution, or an advance degree in History with an archival concentration, required.
1+ years of experience describing rare materials in a digital library or distinctive collection
1+ years of curation experience for digital and physical exhibits.
Knowledge of digital library descriptive and imaging standards.
Knowledge of DACS, EAD, DCRM, and other archival and rare materials descriptive and encoding standards.
Knowledge of historical transcription editing standards and practices.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Collaborative approach to problem solving and working across organizational boundaries in service of user needs.
Demonstrated ability to set priorities, exercise flexibility in meeting objectives, effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously, and adjust as circumstances change.
Demonstrated interest and enthusiasm for developing and maintaining relationships with diverse user communities.
Excellent communication, analytical, problem solving, and organizational skills with the ability to present information and ideas clearly and concisely.
High level of creativity, innovation, and strong concept skills.
Strong customer service skills including the ability to be responsive to service needs of constituents in a courteous and consistent manner.
Ability to maintain absolute confidentiality and integrity according to University Policy regarding archival materials.
Knowledge of digital description software (Archivist Toolkit/Archives Space), OCLC Connection, MS office suite.
Knowledge of exhibition CMS software platforms, scanning and OCR software and hardware tools and techniques.
Knowledge of technology for digital conversion of physical materials, image and audio editing software, and social media management.
SAA Arrangement & Description certificate, preferred.
Knowledge of a 1 or more Romance Languages, preferred.
1+ years of experience editing historical transcriptions, preferred.
Physical Requirements and/or Unusual Work Hours
Prolonged sitting, standing and walking for up to 4 hours at a time, frequent bending and lifting, able to lift up to 30 lbs of library materials while moving/walking, pushing and pulling a book truck (4 wheels) of library materials weighing between 50 and 100 lbs., ability to climb several flights of stairs on an occasional basis.
Special Message to Applicants
Please include contact information for three references.
Transcripts are required; copies may be included electronically with originals required if granted an interview.
Posting Date: 05/15/2018
Closing Date (12am ET):
Open Until Filled:
Salary Posting Information: Commensurate with experience
Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University's mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University's mission and values. Villanova University is committed to providing leadership in the attainment of equal employment for all individuals. It is the policy and practice of Villanova University to recruit and select applicants on the basis of their qualifications and abilities. This effort is in compliance with all federal and state laws, including Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1975, Executive Order 11246, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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