Special Collections Audiovisual Archivist – University of Arkansas

Special Collections Audiovisual Archivist

 

The University of Arkansas Libraries seek an innovative, versatile, and enthusiastic archival professional to provide leadership, manage, and expand the scope, size, and use of audiovisual collections in the Special Collections Department. Primary responsibilities include accessioning, arranging, describing, and creating finding aids for photographs, reel-to-reel tapes, audio cassettes, video tapes, and other formats; developing and implementing policies and procedures; identifying and addressing preservation issues; and working with colleagues to prioritize materials for digitization. The archivist will actively participate in providing reference and research support, planning, and outreach activities. The incumbent will work closely with the Libraries’ Development Office to establish and maintain donor relations, apply for grants, and seek other funding opportunities. The position reports to the Head of the Special Collections Department.

In keeping with faculty requirements, the incumbent is expected to engage in scholarly research and creative work and service, and participate in local, state, and national organizations. The successful candidate must possess strong analytical, organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills, archival knowledge, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a variety of constituents.

Qualifications: Required:  A master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program with a concentration in archival studies or a graduate degree in a related discipline, such as history, public history, political science, or other appropriate field; relevant experience with processing and preserving photographs, negatives, and other audiovisual materials, such as reel-to-reel tapes, VHS, etc.; demonstrated knowledge of archival data and/or digital asset management systems (such as Archives Space, Archon, Archivists’ Toolkit, or CONTENTdm); and familiarity with Encoded Archival Description, DACS, Dublin Core and/or other metadata standards and schemes.  Preferred qualifications: Archival Certification (Academy of Certified Archivists or the Society of American Archivists); knowledge of digital image scanning techniques and image capture and basic photograph and video editing; familiarity with copyright issues associated with audiovisual materials; knowledge of Arkansas history and bibliography; and knowledge of standards, best practices, and current trends in the preservation and re-formatting of archival audio and visual materials.

 

Rank and Salary:  Tenure-track, twelve-month faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Librarian / Assistant Professor.  Salary: $47,000.

Benefits:  Relocation allowance available.  Benefits include TIAA/CREF, Fidelity Mutual Fund, or the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System, 22 days of annual leave, tuition reduction, and health insurance.

Background:  The University of Arkansas places students first by enhancing academic programs, creating an engaging campus life, reducing obstacles, enhancing diversity, improving graduation rates, and marshaling the expertise of the faculty, staff, and students.  The University is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university with very high levels of research activity (RU/VH).  The University provides a superior campus landscape and environment while designing and building world class facilities.  The funding for research awards and research expenditures continues to grow and so do the academic programs offered.  The University Libraries share in the stewardship of the University’s goals and takes responsibility for the health of the research and teaching collections as well as programs that further support the academic mission.  For more information, visit the Libraries’ home page at http://libraries.uark.eduThe University of Arkansas campus (http://www.uark.edu/) in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with a student enrollment of more than 25,000, is the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas System.  With a population of approximately 460,000, the northwest Arkansas region is home to two Fortune 100 company headquarters.  This thriving region offers numerous cultural venues, such as the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Walton Arts Center, and the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History.

 

Application deadline and contact information.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  Completed applications received by July 10, 2015, will receive full consideration.  Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.  For the full posting or to apply, please go to http://jobs.uark.edu/postings/7005.  When completing your application, please upload the following: letter of application (addressed to the attention of Jeff Banks, Assistant Director for Library Human Resources and Diversity Programs), résumé, and names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three current references.

 

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution.  The University welcomes applications without regard to age, race, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.  All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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