Why I’m Here
I saw this job ad a few days ago on one of the myriad of job hunting RSS feeds/listservs that I subscribe to, just as other archivists on Twitter were talking about other terrible job ads out there. There are many job ads that have brought us together to create this blog; this is the one that brought me here. You can read the whole job ad here.
FYI: I’m going to be structuring my posts Fire Joe Morgan style; for those of you who don’t read defunct sports blogs, this means that the original post is in bold and my commentary is in regular weight.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a new, part-time (20 hours/week) position.
That’s a good sign right there; 20 hr/wk is how much I worked as a graduate assistant and all I did was process collections. But let’s see what kinds of duties this position requires at that 20 hr/wk level.
DUTIES INCLUDE: Responsible for the arrangement and description of scientific collections in accordance with approved plans. Screens for potentially sensitive material, weeds extraneous material, recommends appropriate preservation and conservation procedures, and copies or reformats materials for preservation, access, and distribution. Selects collections for digitization, taking into account factors such as scholarly impact, fragility of materials, copyright, and privacy.
Responsible for maintaining archival materials (paper and digital) according to recognized archival standards, including, assessing condition of materials and needs for remediation and repair, creating DACS-compliant EAD finding aids, and organizing for optimal storage and access. Prepares electronic finding aids for processed materials, including a biographical statement, scope and content note, and appropriate listing of materials. Prepares or updates archival catalog records in accordance with archive and library standards and enters data into national and local databases.
Provides a variety of reference services, including researching and answering reference questions for staff and external researchers.
Helps maintain and expand the UCAR Archives website using emerging web technologies and best practices that serve a growing online user community.
Wow. They must be hiring for two separate full time positions: one providing research and references services and maintaining and expanding the repository’s website as well as dealing with emerging technologies, and the other job arranging, describing, weeding, screening, reformatting, and digitizing. Oh wait, this is only a 20 hr/wk position? Somebody must have done their math wrong.
Education and Experience:
- ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library science, or
- an equivalent education and experience, and experience working with digital libraries.
- Certification by the Academy of Certified Archivists
So, for a 20 hr/wk position you want me to have gone to four years of undergraduate and 1.5/2 years of grad school, with the ensuing debt? And besides that, I have to pay a $50 application fee, a certification fee of $150, and $50 per year in dues, as well as taking a test that might not be given anywhere near me to get my CA?
- Knowledge of current archival arrangement and description standards and relevant descriptive standards (AACR2, DACS, LCSH), including experience creating finding aids and encoding them in EAD.
- Strong knowledge of archival or manuscript processing and the principles of archival management.
- Skill in digitization in a library/archives setting, including digitizing documents, oral histories, and other audio-visual materials.
- Ability to lead and coordinate projects effectively, including organization, prioritization, and goal-setting skills.
- Commitment to providing superior user-centered services.
- Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to work collaboratively with both library/archives staff and users
- Working knowledge of digital preservation standards.
- Working knowledge of metadata schemas such as Dublin Core, METS, MODS, PREMIS, TEI.
- Working knowledge of Archon and Drupal.
- Digital Library experience.
- Demonstrated ability to make public presentations.
Its hard to imagine any right out of graduate school that has all of these characteristics; and those who do have all of those qualifications would be at the top of the list of getting many full-time positions. As we all know, however, is that people who do have these qualifications will apply for and probably get this position. And I bet this repository knows it too; thats how they can get away with hiring a part time position.