Collections Archivist, Colgate University Libraries, Hamilton, NY

Collections Archivist

Come join the team at Colgate!

The Colgate University Libraries seek a collaborative, thoughtful, and forward-thinking individual to fill the position of Collections Archivist. Reporting to the Head of Special Collections and University Archivist, the Collections Archivist accessions, arranges, describes and preserves manuscript and archival collections including University Archives records. The Collections Archivist also participates in records management activities for university records, including the management of electronic records, and provides records management instruction to university offices and departments. The Collections Archivist supervises the department’s student workers and manages the reading room. The individual provides reference services to members of the Colgate community and other researchers and manages reproduction requests. In addition to supporting the department’s general instructional and outreach programs, the Collections Archivist works closely with the Head of S pecial Collections and University Archivist to support research being conducted in classes and for the university’s bicentennial celebrations.

Required Qualifications:
Master’s Degree from an ALA-accredited institution with a focus in archives and records management
2 years of professional archives experience
Experience arranging, describing, and preserving archival and manuscript collections
Strong command of archival theory and best practices, especially as they relate to the particular issues posed by born digital content
Demonstrated knowledge of DACS, EAD, MARC, authority control practices, as well as knowledge of emerging standards for description
Knowledge of preservation standards and best practices
Strong organizational skills and written and oral communication skills
A high degree of technical facility, ability to work in command line interfaces, and the demonstrated ability to learn new technical skills through research and self-study
Ability to work independently and collaboratively with a variety of staff in a rapidly changing environment
Commitment to providing responsive and innovative services to a culturally and racially diverse campus
Ability to work a schedule which includes some evening, weekend, and holiday hours

Additional information about Colgate University, the Colgate Libraries, and the full job description can be found at

Application instructions can be found at Candidates will need to upload a letter of application, curriculum vita, and provide email addresses for three references, including current supervisor. Colgate strives to be a community supportive of diverse perspectives and identities. Candidates should describe how they have or would propose to work in a diverse environment. Official transcripts will be required of candidates selected for an on-campus interview.

Review of application materials will begin on April 18, 2016, and continue until the position is filled.

Colgate is a highly selective private liberal arts university located in Hamilton, NY, and is an EO/AA employer. Women and candidates from historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Applicants with dual career considerations can find postings of other employment opportunities at


About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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