Submitted by Randall McKenzie:
The Archival Description & Access unit is part of the Acquisitions & Discovery Program area at Ohio State University Libraries. The unit is responsible for collaborating primarily with colleagues in the Distinctive Collections & Digital Programs division, as well as other divisions throughout Libraries, to perform and support a comprehensive array of archival technical services activities (including, but not limited to: accessioning; processing; creating, remediating, and maintaining archival description; creating and maintaining appropriate materials housing; facilitating storage and retrieval of materials; and other supporting activities). In collaboration with the unit lead, the Archival Description & Access Coordinator directs and/or supports work in all areas of unit responsibility.
The Coordinator utilizes knowledge and experience built through prior demonstrated success performing high-level and complex archival arrangement and description work to assume leadership, project management, and execution of the unit’s most complex projects and workflows. The Coordinator collaborates with other unit staff to identify areas of need in each program, and successfully manages resources (including knowledge/training, space, supplies, and student support) to ensure that the complex and fluctuating priorities of the unit are consistently completed with a high degree of accuracy and exemplify current standards and best practices of the archival profession. The Coordinator further collaborates with critical partners outside of the unit to ensure that workflows crossing unit lines are completed with the highest level of efficiency for all impacted units, while also ensuring that needs external to the unit are successfully met and supported by internal unit operations.
The Coordinator is responsible for identifying, building, managing, and executing multiple queues of complex archival technical services projects; leading and executing selected major logistical operations and workflows for and on behalf of the unit; leading student employment operations for the unit; and providing overall continuity and support for the unit in collaboration with the unit lead. The Coordinator demonstrates ongoing commitment to the highly collaborative environment of the unit by participating in and/or leading unit peer review programs, providing training and skill development for colleagues and student employees, and flexibly partnering with colleagues on projects from all program areas. The Coordinator directly supervises undergraduate and/or graduate student employees and interns and may supervise one or more staff employees. Performs other duties as assigned.
Required qualifications: Bachelor’s degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; three years of full-time experience in positions with significant focus on archival arrangement and description. Significant demonstrable experience accurately applying archival theory, archival best practices, and archival standards (DACS, EAD, etc.). Prior supervision of students/interns/volunteers/equivalent, preferably performing archival arrangement and description tasks. Demonstrated ability to follow complex guidelines or workflows with a high degree of accuracy (90%+ accuracy on the first pass). Ability to lift 40 lbs. and push a cart weighing up to 80 lbs. with or without a reasonable accommodation. Ability to work occasionally in archival storage conditions where temperatures are approximately 62 degrees F. Valid driver’s license and successful completion of motor vehicle background check.
Desired qualifications: Diverse archival arrangement and description experience, including experience working with collections of many sizes, formats, and complexities, and completing various types of archival work (accessioning, processing, archival description creation/migration/remediation, etc.). Prior supervision of staff, preferably performing archival arrangement and description tasks. Experience writing or editing EAD.
Please apply online at https://www.jobsatosu.com/postings/98293 from September 21, 2019 through October 6, 2019.