Project Archivist — Yale University — New Haven, CT

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Position Focus: The Project Archivist for the Kingman Brewster Papers is two-year appointment in the Arrangement and Description Unit of Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University. Reporting to the Assistant Head of Arrangement and Description, the Project Archivist processes the personal papers of Kingman Brewster, 17th President of Yale University. The papers, totaling approximately 200 linear feet, document Brewstera��s life and career as a diplomat and university administrator through correspondence, teaching and research files, speeches, printed material, photographs, and memorabilia. Arranges and describes archival material in all formats in accordance with approved plans, screens for potentially sensitive material, weeds extraneous material, recommends appropriate preservation and conservation procedures, and coordinates the copying or reformatting of materials for preservation and access. Creates or enhances metadata according to national and departmental standards. Makes recommendations on personnel selection, staffing requirements, and equipment and supply needs. May participate in library-wide planning and committee work as appropriate. Contributes to the advancement of the archival profession and/or professional or scholarly knowledge relevant to the job. The Arrangement and Description Unit is a division of Manuscripts and Archives. The Unit supports the Manuscripts and Archives acquisition program and is responsible for the accessioning, processing, and cataloging of the unita��s manuscript and archival collections.

Required Education, Skills and Experience:
a�? Mastera��s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent accredited degree, with formal training in archival theory and practice.
a�? Qualified individuals new to the library profession are welcome to apply.
a�? Experience arranging and describing or providing public services for manuscript and/or archival collections.
a�? Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing, team environment.
a�? Demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and practice may be substituted for formal training.
a�? Demonstrated knowledge of current national data content and structure standards related to the archival control of collection materials.
a�? Demonstrated knowledge of archival and library management systems.
a�? Demonstrated job or school experience with basic preservation and conservation standards for archival and manuscript collections.
a�? Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications and analytical ability.
a�? Demonstrated record of designing projects and bringing them to a conclusion in a timely fashion.
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Preferred Education, Skills and Experience: Experience working with ArchivesSpace.

The University and the Library
The Yale University Library, as one of the world’s leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 15 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in eighteen buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Center for Science and Social Science Information, and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of approximately five hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers. For additional info rmation on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s web site at

Manuscripts and Archives, Sterling Memorial Library:
Manuscripts and Archives is a major center for historical inquiry and also serves as the documentary memory of Yale University. For more information about the department, please consult the website:

Salary and Benefits
We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country’s great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

How to Apply
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications, consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be submitted by applying online at

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individuala��s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

About John Pell

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

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