Project Archivist – George Washington University Libraries & Academic Innovation (Corcoran Archives)- Washington, DC

The George Washington University Libraries & Academic Innovation (GWLAI) seeks applications for a Project Archivist to manage the processing and selective digitization of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Corcoran College of Art + Design Archives (Corcoran Archives). This position is funded through a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. This is a 12-month appointment and is not renewable.

The Corcoran Archives are managed by the GW Special Collections Research Center (SCRC). Reporting to the Collections Coordinator and grant Principal Investigator, and supervising two graduate student assistants, the Project Archivist will process the Corcoran Archives and manage a selective digitization project as part of the grant “Open to Interpretation: Unveiling the Corcoran Archives.” Processing will include bringing narrative historical notes created in 1983 up to 2014; developing detailed timelines with lists of events, changes in leadership, exhibitions, major changes in the school’s curriculum, and other key points in Corcoran history; and creating online finding aids to facilitate efficient, fulsome, public access to the Corcoran Archives. The Project Archivist will work in consultation with the SCRC Digital Services Librarian to manage the digitization of selected content resulting in the production of a critical mass of digitized content discoverable online. The Project Archivist will collaborate with permanent GW Libraries staff to ensure consistency of program implementation and to enable continuity of collection stewardship after the term of the grant.

The Corcoran Gallery of Art (CGA) was founded in Washington, DC in 1869 and opened in 1874. The Archives, a continuous historical record of the full 145 years of the Corcoran Gallery’s and Corcoran School’s institutional history, came to GW Libraries in 2016. Consisting of almost 2,000 boxes of handwritten letters, business records, photographs, posters, ledgers and thousands of architectural drawings, the Corcoran Archives dates from 1869 to 2014, spanning almost 150 years of the history of one of Washington, DC’s oldest and most important cultural heritage institutions. Read more and use the collection inventories.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Creating and implementing work plans for the arrangement and description of the records that comprise the Corcoran Archives.
  • Working with the Digital Services Manager, creating and implementing digitization plans for material preparation, image capture (in-house and vended), quality control, metadata creation, upload and cleanup.
  • Conducting research and writing comprehensive historic timelines and scope notes.
  • Answering reference questions related to the Corcoran archives.
  • Merging existing and new description within each record group to create a single coherent descriptive structure.
  • Publishing finding aids compliant with archival description and communication standards such as Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) and Encoded Archival Description (EAD).
  • Hiring training, and supervising two graduate students. Students work will include historical research, data entry, scanning, reviewing and processing image files, creating metadata, and uploading content to various online platforms.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited library program, or a Master’s degree in a related information field by the appointment date.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience working as an archivist.
  • Experience with archival functions of appraisal, description and processing.
  • Experience conducting primary source research.
  • Experience with archival materials in digital formats.
  • Experience digitizing archival materials.
  • Experience supervising staff or students.
  • Experience with archival collections management platforms such as ArchivesSpace.
  • Experience with archival description standards such as EAD and DACS. Experience managing projects, including planning, communication, and assessment.
  • Demonstrated communication skills with a variety of partners.

Advertised Salary: Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Other Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package includes 22 days/year paid annual leave plus 12 daysper year paid sick leave; medical; TIAA/CREF; tuition assistance.

Other Information: Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working with institutional archives.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

  • Review of applications will begin August 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.
  • To be considered:
    • Complete an online application
    • Upload a CV and a cover letter that includes an assessment of skills related to basic qualification
    • Only complete applications will be considered.
  • The approximate start date for this position is September 1, 2018

For more information and to apply, click here.

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