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  • 15 Aug 2017 8:50 AM | Janet Olson (Administrator)

    This position is expected to last for two years

    BASIC FUNCTION:   The Special Projects Archivist is responsible for providing physical and intellectual control to the Tigerman McCurry Archive through basic processing activities such as appraisal, arrangement and the creation of detailed EAD finding aids.

    Duties and responsibilities may include:

    • ·         Survey, arrange, process, and provide physical preservation and intellectual access to Tigerman McCurry Archive.
    • ·         Encode new finding aids in EAD.
    • ·         Assist in the establishment, organization, creation, and application of metadata for new and existing collections.
    • ·         Digitize collection items when appropriate.
    • ·         Assist the Archivist as needed.


    • ·         Ability to maintain an atmosphere conducive to job productivity and satisfaction where team goals are aligned to meet departmental and institutional objectives.
    • ·         Ability to establish efficient, realistic work plans that clearly convey the mission and philosophy of the Archives; set priorities; communicate, share, evaluate and measure plans.
    • ·         Ability to exercise creativity and evaluate results.


    • ·         Master’s in Library and Information Science (MLIS) or equivalent degree required. Must include minimum of 6 semester credits of formal academic training in archival practice.  Must demonstrate proficiency in archival procedures and understanding of archival principals.
    • ·         A minimum of 1 year professional archival experience, preferably with a focus on processing.
    • ·         Accuracy, neatness, reliability, and attention to detail are essential. Must show history of ability to initiate and conclude projects and to work independently.
    • ·         Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Encoded Archival Description (EAD).
    • ·         Able to lift 40 pounds; tolerance to dust and molds.
    • ·         Strong written, oral, and interpersonal skills.
    • ·         Capacity for analytical, detailed work.

    For fullest consideration please apply online at: Search for "Archivist" JOB ID #9856

    The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.


  • 11 Aug 2017 5:05 PM | Janet Olson (Administrator)

    The Illinois Institute of Technology is searching for a Systems & Institutional Repository Librarian.

    The Systems & Institutional Repository Librarian is responsible for implementing, maintaining, supporting, and enhancing a wide range of technologies and systems to provide innovative library services and ensure access to the library’s extensive range of online information resources and digital collections. This position supports library staff and local and remote library users in the use of existing information technology as well as the adoption of new and emerging instructional and digital library technologies.

    The Systems & Institutional Repository Librarian has primary responsibility for the ongoing administration of the library network, servers, and related information technology to ensure 24/7 accessibility, functionality, and stability of these resources.

    This position will also have primary responsibility for the migration and implementation of a new platform for the Galvin Library’s Institutional Repository.

    For a complete description and application instructions, please visit

  • 11 Aug 2017 9:30 AM | Janet Olson (Administrator)

    Title: Museum Digital Archives Internship

    Scope of position:

    The Button Museum is looking for students to work with us to
    develop and expand our Digital Archive. Students will gain unique and
    specialized experience researching, describing, digitizing and cataloging our
    growing collection of historic buttons.

    About the Button Museum:

    Joel and Christen Carter, co-curators of the Button Museum and
    avid collectors of historically significant buttons, founded the museum in
    2010. The mission of the Button Museum is to show how people commemorate
    noteworthy times in their lives by creating and collecting wearable mementos.
    The Button Museum houses over 10,000 buttons that range from an original 1864 Abraham Lincoln campaign pre-button to buttons produced this year. The Button Museum is an institutional member of both the American Alliance of Museums and Illinois Association of Museums and is housed in the Busy Beaver Button Co.’s facilities.

    Major responsibilities:

    *Perform historical research

    *Describe and catalog buttons

    *Input data and research into museum database

    *Possible help maintaining social media

    Onsite interns responsibilities

    *Physical description of buttons

    *Help with exhibitions, display and physical organization of the buttons

    *Help digitize the collection

    Minimum qualifications:

    *Strong research and writing skills with attention to detail

    *Strong organizational skills

    Preferred qualifications:

    *Pursuing a degree in Library Science, Archives, Public History or
    a related field

    *Experience working with Photoshop to edit images

    *Experience with Drupal Content Management System

    *Experience cataloging museum objects

    Hours required: 5-20 hours a week. Research can be done remotely.

    Please send resume and cover letter to

  • 11 Aug 2017 9:21 AM | Janet Olson (Administrator)

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Library is pleased to announce two full-time Academic Professional positions in the University Library—a regular Assistant or Associate Archives and Literary Manuscript Specialist and a one-year Visiting Assistant Archives and Literary Manuscript Specialist. The successful candidates will report to the Director of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and will collaborate with colleagues in other Library Units, including Preservation/Conservation, Digitization Services, University Archives, and Library Information Technology. 

    Duties and Responsibilities: Working under the supervision of the Director of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Archives and Literary Manuscript Specialists use advanced knowledge and training in multiple disciplines to develop and implement policies, systems, recommendations, and workflows that will improve access to complex archives and collections of literary manuscripts. The policies, plans, practices, and workflows that the successful candidate establishes and executes will improve access and use of these materials in research, teaching, and service. The Visiting Assistant Archives and Literary Manuscript Specialist position will plan and oversee the arrangement and description of the recently acquired personal archives of Haki R. Madhubuti and the records of the Third World Press. Initially, the Archives and Literary Manuscript Specialist position will plan and oversee the arrangement and description of the personal archives of Gwendolyn Brooks as well as other incoming accessions.

     For full details and application instructions, see:

  • 19 Jul 2017 12:16 PM | Janet Olson (Administrator)

    Video Asset Specialist, Heritage Communications Rotary International

    Rotary International is undertaking a project to organize and manage its born-digital video assets for preservation and access. Preserving these assets is of increasing importance given the risk of losing content due to inconsistent storage and backup. The video backlog project will address born-digital media created from approximately 2004-2016, creating a comprehensive inventory of assets and ensuring centralized organization, preservation, and access.

    We are looking for qualified applicants for a Video Asset Specialist to work on this project. This temporary position is available immediately at a rate of $20/hour.

    The Video Asset Specialist will work with a range of file types, including video and audio formats, creating preservation and access files. The position entails creating an inventory of our backlog of video assets, following a predetermined workflow process that involves digital file organization, implementation of naming standards, and file quality assurance.

    The Heritage Communications group educates and inspires our audiences by activating Rotary's heritage assets to tell the story of its past, present, and future; serves as an informational resource for Rotary members and staff; and preserves Rotary’s history and legacy by building and maintaining an archives that is used to tell Rotary’s story now and in the future.

    Under supervision of Heritage Communications team and in collaboration with the Visual Media team, the Video Asset Specialist will:

    • ·         Create and clean up inventory lists
    • ·         Find and organize born-digital video assets per established workflow
    • ·         Create preservation and access files where needed
    • ·         QC file quality
    • ·         Delete duplication
    • ·         Centralize production documents, including contracts and model releases


    ·         BA/BS or MA (preferred) in library and information science, multimedia arts, or related field; or equivalent experience in archives, digital asset management, or multimedia arts-related disciplines.

    • ·         Experience with video archives strongly preferred, especially with born-digital assets
    • ·         Knowledge of video and audio file types and codecs; and related preservation challenges
    • ·         Experience with video production software preferred (Premiere, Final Cut Pro, EditReady/Renamer, and similar)
    • ·         Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
    • ·         Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
    • ·         Ability to work quickly and efficiently and to meet project goals and deadlines.


    • ·         3-5 days/week through 31 December 2017. 5 days/week preferred but not required. Possibility for extension beyond 31 December dependent on budget approval.
    • ·         Candidate should be available for consistent schedule between hours of 8:30 and 5:30 M-F, excluding Rotary world headquarters holiday/closings.
    • ·         All work is performed at Rotary world headquarters, 1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston, Illinois, 60201. 

    Application deadline is Sunday, 30 July 2017. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to Victoria Malone, Archives Specialist, 

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