Archival Fellow - University Libraries, Delaware State University, Dover DE

General Description of the Job

Nine-month fellowship for a recent graduate in the field of archival science. Fellow will gain experience completing a broad array of archival tasks through assisting the University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian with processing, reference, outreach, collection development, and digitization. This position is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and includes benefits.


Essential Functions

The following are the functions essential to performing this job. 

  1. Process, re-house, and write finding aids for collections.
  2. Assist in selection of digitization priorities.
  3. Create digital surrogates for original materials.
  4. Promote use of collections through blog posts, archival instruction classes, and other outreach activities.
  5. Prepare monthly reports detailing progress on assigned projects.
  6. Maintains an awareness of current library and archival issues and trends.
  7. Assist in the creation of exhibits as required.
  8. Perform other duties as assigned by the University Archivist and by the Dean of University Libraries.

Other Functions

Individuals in this job may be assigned one or more of the following tasks on a rotating or as-needed basis.

  1. Assist on-site researchers by explaining archival policies, conducting reference interviews, identifying and retrieving collection materials, and monitoring researchers.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The individual in this job must possess these skills and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that they can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

  1. Thorough knowledge of archival practices and standards.
  2. Excellent communication, organizational, and prioritization skills
  3. Ability to pay close attention to detail and thoroughly quality control the work of yourself and others.
  4. Familiarity with Encoded Archival Description, DACS, Dublin Core and/or other metadata standards and schemes
  5. Ability to identify preservation issues
  6. Discretion with confidential information
  7. Ability to work independently
  8. Must be able to lift boxes of at least 40 pounds and work in an environment as cold as 60°F.

Qualification Standards

Education:  Recent graduate with a MLIS/MAS/MA degree from an ALA-accredited program with a specialization in archives; or a graduate degree in History or Museum studies in combination with relevant experience and coursework in archives.

Preferred experience:  Experience with digitization projects, familiarity with archival practices and standards (such as DACS, EAD, etc.), proficient in standard computer applications.

Other preferences:  Experience in an academic library environment and with photo editing software a plus.

Performance Standards

 The criteria for evaluation in this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1.  Demonstrate knowledge of the DSU Fundamentals

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