The Pratt Institute Libraries are seeking a Project Archivist to process and make accessible collections that document the history of Pratt Institute and its community. The primary focus of this position will be to arrange, describe, and rehouse the papers of an artist, art educator, and former chair of the Art and Design Education Department at Pratt Institute. Upon completion of the initial project, the Project Archivist and Institute Archivist will work together to identify additional projects of high priority. A successful candidate will be an early-career archivist who is interested in working in a highly collaborative and service-oriented environment. This position is a two-year, non-renewal appointment.
In order to provide the Project Archivist with a broader exposure to the archives profession, they will have the opportunity to participate in the day-to-day operations of the archive, including providing reference services, retrieving archival materials for researchers, participating in outreach activities, and performing other duties as assigned. In accordance with the Libraries’ commitment to professional development, the Project Archivist will be encouraged to attend conferences, seminars, talks, workshops and other opportunities intended to buttress their professional knowledge and skills. The Project Archivist will also have opportunities to participate in library-wide initiatives and committees.
The Pratt Institute Archives is dedicated to preserving and contextualizing the history of Pratt Institute through its growing body of collections, which include, but are not limited to: the administrative records and publications of the Institute’s departments, schools, and programs; select papers of Pratt faculty, alumni, and key members of the Pratt family who were active at the Institute; and photographs and audiovisual materials documenting the activities of the Institute and its endeavors.
Located on Pratt’s historic 25-acre campus in the culturally diverse neighborhood of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, Pratt recognizes the strength that stems from a diversity of perspectives, ideas, backgrounds, approaches, and experiences. Together, we aspire to be a place that always welcomes and encourages individuals of all backgrounds to contribute and be part of Pratt culture.
–Research, evaluate, survey, arrange, and describe archival collections
–Responsible for evaluating materials to determine if they have evidential, informational and/or historical value, organizes, arranges and describes collection content, and prepares collections for long-term storage.
–Performs basic preservation of materials, including re-housing, re-foldering, and encapsulating as needed
–Create finding aids using ArchivesSpace
–Supervise graduate assistants assigned to assist with collections processing
–Consulting with stakeholders in the Art and Design Education Department at various stages of the project to ensure proper contextualization of the collection within Pratt’s history.
–Participate in responding to reference queries and pulling materials for researchers
–Work with the institute Archivist to select materials to include in the Archives social media, exhibits, and other outreach initiatives
–Other duties as assigned
Salary: Up to $60,000 + Benefits
Education: Masterʼs degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited institution with a concentration in archives or equivalent professional experience is required. Applicants enrolled in a graduate program in Library or Information Science with relevant archival processing experience will also be considered.
–A minimum of 1 year experience arranging, describing, and preserving archival collections
–Knowledge of accepted archival theory, standards, and practices, and proficiency in the use and application of archival descriptive and content standards, such as DACS
–Understanding of basic preservation and conservation issues for a variety of materials, including paper, photographs, and textiles
–Strong analytical, organizational, project management, and problem-solving ability
–Knowledge of principles of diversity and inclusion and demonstrated experience or interest in promoting social justice, equity, and inclusion
–Strong research, writing, technology, and communication skills
–Physical agility and the ability to lift items up to 30 pounds and retrieve materials from high shelves with or without reasonable accommodation
–Flexible to changing needs and priorities
–Experience working with collections related to education, art, and/or art education
–Experience working with ArchivesSpace
Application Instructions: Please apply here:https://apply.interfolio.
Please submit your cover letter and resume. If you are selected for an interview, please be prepared to provide at least 5 professional references via Pratt Institute’s on-line reference tool. At least 2 of your references must be, or have been, your direct managers.