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  • 11 Jul 2018 3:11 PM | Janet Olson (Administrator)

    Purdue University Libraries (PUL), recipient of the 2015 Award for Excellence in University Libraries from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), seeks a highly motivated, innovative, and energetic professional for the position of France A. Córdova Archivist in Archives and Special Collections.

     Duties and Responsibilities:  The Córdova Archivist is responsible for the management and development of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Women's Archives of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections. The archivist will manage and further the collection development and programming relating to women's archives, including processing, arrangement, description, preservation, and promotion of collections.  The Women's Archives includes papers of pioneering women such as aviator Amelia Earhart, motion studies expert Lillian Gilbreth, and astronaut Janice Voss.

     Required Qualifications: 

    ·         Master's degree in Library/Information/Archival Science (ALA accredited or equivalent) that includes graduate course work in archival theory and practice. 

    ·         Minimum of two years of experience acquiring, processing, and preserving archival materials. 

    ·         Experience providing reference services for archival materials to the public.

    ·         Ability to develop collections and programming related to the women's archives including promotion of collections.

    ·         Knowledge of EAD, DACs, and MARC as they relate to describing archival collections

    ·         Knowledge of preservation and conservation of archival materials.

    ·         Ability to work with the division head to identify donors and acquire additional collections.

    ·         Ability to create exhibits, lectures, presentations, web pages; knowledge of information literacy and ability to give instruction to classes. 

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    ·         Experience supervising staff or students in processing archival collections.

    ·         Experience working with donors of rare or archival materials.

    ·         Experience building research collections relating to women's history.

    ·         Experience providing information literacy instruction on research use of primary source materials.

    ·         Commitment to the archives profession through active participation in conferences and professional organizations.

    ·         Knowledge of copyright and its implications in digitizing collections.

    ·         Knowledge of women's history.

    The Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections division supports the discovery, learning, and engagement goals of Purdue University by identifying, collecting, preserving, and making available for research records and papers of enduring value created or received by the University and its employees. Distinctive archival collecting areas represented in the collections include the history of flight and space exploration, the history of women affiliated with Purdue University or the state of Indiana, the history of psychedelics for medicinal and healing purposes, and the University Archives.  Rare book collections include the history of engineering, science and transportation; the history of economics and political thought; typography and book design; and Indiana history.

    Further information about Purdue University Libraries, the University and the community will be found at:

     Salary and benefits: 

    Salary commensurate with experience in the context of Purdue University's salary structure.

    Purdue provides a generous fringe benefit package that includes retirement benefits as well as health, disability and life insurance, 22 annual vacation days, and tuition support for employee, children, and spouse/same sex domestic partner.  Purdue University is responsive to the needs of dual career couples. 

     Relocation funding will be available and discussed on a case-by-case basis.

    A background check will be required for employment in this position

      Application process:

    For consideration submit resume and apply online for this staff position at: The job posting number for reference purposes is:  1801004.  A copy of the posting announcement is attached.

     A cover letter is required for consideration for this position.  The cover letter must include your interest in and qualifications for the position, as well as your past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

     This position announcement can also be found at:

     Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. 

  • 10 Jul 2018 1:53 PM | Janet Olson (Administrator)

    TITLE:                      Midwest Dance and Theater Collections Intern

    DEPARTMENT:      Department of Maps and Modern Manuscripts


    This 15 week internship is funded by a private donor. Working in the Department of Maps and Modern Manuscripts under the supervision of Newberry archivists, the Midwest Dance and Theater Collections Intern will participate in preserving, arranging, re-housing, and describing Chicago dance and theater archives and manuscript collections. 


    Under the supervision of Newberry archivists, the intern will participate in the following archival activities:

    1.      Arrange and re-house materials in Chicago dance and theater collections according to archival practice.

    2.      Apply appropriate preservation treatments to collection materials.  Treatments include, but are not limited to, surface cleaning, flattening, removal of fasteners, and photocopying.

    3.      Prepare detailed descriptive inventories for collections in a format compatible with the archival professional standard, Encoded Archival Description (EAD).

    4.      Participate in identifying analog audio-visual formats in the collections, preparing them for digitization, and creating metadata.



    Graduate student in a master’s program in library and information sciences and/or public history with coursework in archival processing required.  Effective oral and written communication skills, experience working with primary sources, ability to work independently and in group settings, ability to shelve and lift archival boxes, and familiarity with computer applications required.  Academic focus on dance and theater history of Chicago and the Midwest preferred.  This position is ideal for an individual intending to work with primary sources as part of an academic career, or exploring the possibilities of archival work.

    SCHEDULE:            150 hours (typically 10 hours/per week for 15 weeks).

    DATES:                     Fall semester, with start date in mid-September.

    SALARY:                  $12.50 per hour.

    Please send cover letter and resume to:

    Judy Rayborn (

    Newberry Library

    60 West Walton Street

    Chicago, Illinois 60610

  • 28 Jun 2018 12:17 PM | Janet Olson (Administrator)

    Project Archivist - Full or Part -Time Position

    TemporaryChicago, IL, US

    7 days agoRequisition ID : 1132


    Project Archivist (Thing Magazine Processing Project)

    Great Opportunity in Lincoln Park

    As Chicago’s oldest cultural institution, the Chicago History Museum is the proud custodian of over 23 million objects. Ranging from presidential artifacts to 60’s couture, objects from two World’s fairs as well as remnants from the great Chicago Fire, we use our collection to powerfully tell Chicago’s stories. We invite qualified candidates to apply for the full-time or part-time temporary position of Project Archivist. (Thing Magazine Processing Project)  This is temporary assignment position with Advance Resources Staffing Agency.

    To assist Collections staff in the processing of CHM’s archival holdings with a special focus on the Thing Magazine records, to ensure that materials are discoverable, accessible, and usable in support of the museum’s mission and purpose. Thing Magazine was an underground magazine on African American and LGBTQ life, arts, and culture published in Chicago from 1989 to 1993.


    • Process materials in Thing Magazine papers (17 linear feet) including the assessment, arrangement, description, re-housing, transport and storage, and disposal or return of archival materials.
    • Investigate and resolve outstanding questions about collection copyright, including possible collaboration with other Museum staff and administrators.
    • Research context for collection materials, including outreach to collection donors.
    • Identify possible candidates for digitization and facilitate digitization of selected materials within the collection based on copyright resolution.
    • Create EAD encoded finding aid and catalog record content for upload to online public access system by Cataloger.
    • Maintain collection records related to all materials processed as part of the backlog processing initiative.
    • Create and/or update electronic inventories for tracking processing status.
    • Prepare progress reports.
    • Maintain, track, and order project supplies.
    • Participate in creation of blog post and other activities to promote discoverability of the collection.

    Perform other related duties as assigned, including processing of other manuscript collections as time allows.


    • Completion of or current enrollment in MLIS or comparable program (must include completion of archival coursework)
    • Knowledge of standard collection management, documentation, and preservation practices and procedures
    • Substantive experience processing, handling, and researching archival collections in a museum, archive, or library setting; experience with both manuscript and photographic materials preferred.
    • Knowledge of African American and/or LGBTQ history and/or experience with African American and/or LGBTQ history collections preferred
    • Familiarity with current copyright standards and practices
    • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
    • Good oral and written communication skills
    • Experience working with databases and data standards, including Encoded Archival Description (EAD) or experience with XML
    • Attention to detail
    • Ability to balance multiple tasks/responsibilities/demands for time
    • Ability to lift, move, and otherwise carry up to 50 lbs.
    • Ability to ascend and descend stairs and ladders
    • Commitment to the mission, values, and programs of the Chicago History Museum

    This job description is not intended to be an express or implied contract between CHM and any employee. CHM employees are employees at will. CHM reserves the right to change or assign other duties to this position as necessary to meet changing business needs. CHM is an equal opportunity employer.

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