Reports To:Head Special Collections and Archives
Purpose of Position
Responsible for processing manuscripts and historical collections, maps, photos, multi media sound recordings, and digital video under the general direction of the Head of Special Collections and Archives. Responsibilities includes appraising, accessioning, arranging, describing, preserving, as well as providing reference and research services to the collection; assisting the preparation of exhibits; providing collection development and preservation consultation with the Special Collections digital library partners and other educational programs.
- Examines materials, organizes and takes appropriate physical preservation actions, creates finding aids for intellectual access.
- Creates digital copies of documents and artifacts and assigns metadata elements.
- Performs reference interviews and consults finding aids and digital indexes to locate resources, providing copies when necessary.
- Using knowledge of university’s mission, relevance of historical resources, and archival standards, performs appraisal of worthiness of potential collections.
- Provides training in digitization, physical preservation, metadata and other indexing schemes to regional library partners. Instruction in both classroom and onsite work areas setting using relevant equipment and archival supplies.
- Prepares exhibits, identifying subjects, accessing materials, creating annotations and arranging logically for display on campus or as traveling exhibits.
Contributes to the effective team management of all relevant problems, issues and opportunities.
This job description shall include, but is not necessarily limited to, the above duties. May temporarily perform other duties assigned to maintain operations and services.
Marginal Functions will vary with the specific assignment and depend on the particular unit or function for which the person is responsible. Consideration will be given on a case by case basis and reassignment of marginal duties will be made when appropriate.
Knowledge & Skill Requirements
Requires a MasterÔ??s of Library Science or MA in history with archive training. Accredited archivist preferred. Prefer experience with archive processing, digital preservation, public history, research methodology and Texas history.
Supervision of Personnel
Supervises two or more students worker and part-time temporary workers.