Project Archivist, Schaffer Library/Kelly Adirondack Center, Union College, Schenectady NY


The project archivist is responsible for managing an 18 month CLIR Hidden Collections Cataloging grant-funded project, "Grass Roots Activism and the American Wilderness: Pioneers in the Twentieth Century Adirondack Park Conservation Movement." Duties will include supervising staff and overseeing the processing, arrangement, description, and cataloging of the John Apperson and Paul Schaefer papers and contributing to associated outreach activities. The combined 210 cu ft collections of the Apperson and Schaefer papers include a wide range of materials and formats that date from 1899-1996 and collectively cover the history of 20th century political activism to conserve the Adirondack Forest Preserve and expand the Adirondack Park in New York State.


Master's degree from an A.L.A.- accredited library or information science program with an archival concentration; or M.A. in related subject area with an archival concentration or archival management certificate, with minimum two years experience processing, arranging, describing, and managing manuscript collections required. Also required is experience with best practices and current standards in archival management including experience with DACS, EAD, subject and name authorities, and Archivist's Toolkit or similar software program; knowledge of preservation standards for multiple formats, demonstrated ability to manage projects and project teams, to set priorities, to manage work, and to meet deadlines. Candidates should possess excellent training and communication skills, the ability to work collaboratively and effectively with colleagues in multiple environments, the ability to supervise student assistants, and the ability to lift and carry 40 lb. boxes of material. Subject area expertise and knowledge of metadata standards for digitized objects preferred. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.


Please apply in person, via fax, U.S. Mail or email:

Human Resources
Req. # 7099
Union College
807 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308

Telephone: (518) 388-6108
Fax: (518) 388-6529

Please submit all electronic application materials as a single pdf or doc file.

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