Affiliate Assistant Librarian and Pauline A. Young Resident Manuscripts and Archives Department, University of Delaware, Newark DE

 #101947 Affiliate Assistant Librarian and Pauline A. Young Resident (Pay Grade 29E) Manuscripts and Archives Department

DEADLINE:  April 15, 2014

Description: The Pauline A. Young Residency is a two-year appointment offering recent graduates of an ALA-accredited library/information science program professional experience in a technology-rich, academic research library. The Residency is designed to meet both the professional goals and interests of the Resident as well as the service and operational priorities of the Library. The 2014-2016 Residency will feature work in the Manuscripts and Archives Department on a major description and access project promoting discovery of all archival holdings. Using archival description standards appropriate to national and international practice, the Resident will create appropriate item- or collection-level records for all archival holdings not currently described. The work will include creation of new EAD-XML records as well as migration or retrospective conversion from legacy finding aids (paper, word-processed, Access database, and HTML files). The Resident will assist with new implementation of Archives Space and an XTF platform for online finding aids. Additional goals of this description and access project are to repurpose archival metadata for MARC, Dublin Core, or other emerging datasets, and to pursue outreach through Wikipedia submissions, EAC-CPF records, blog entries, and other initiatives. Please see current finding aids at

Reporting to the Head, Manuscripts and Archives Department, the Resident will work closely with other colleagues in the same department as well as in the Special Collections Department, the Metadata Services Department, and the Library Data and Server Management Department. The Residency features orientation to all library areas, mentoring, committee service, and support for travel to professional meetings and conferences. The purpose of the Residency is to increase the diversity of professional staff at the University of Delaware Library and to encourage the involvement of under-represented racial and ethnic minorities in academic and research library special collections librarianship. The Residency forms one part of the Library's affirmative action plan and reflects the University of Delaware's strong commitment to affirmative action. More information about the Residency program is available online at

Qualifications: Recent graduate degree from an ALA-accredited program with a concentration in archival administration. Knowledge of historical research methods and advanced study in any of the broad subject areas represented in the University of Delaware Library special collections. Awareness of national trends in archival description. Working knowledge of XML and XSLT. Strong computer application skills (Access, Excel). Ability to perform physical activities associated with archival environments and to tolerate dust and inactive mold spores. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work independently with self-motivation to meet productivity goals. Ability to contribute to team-based development of policies and procedures for description practices. Ability to work closely with colleagues and library users from diverse backgrounds. Members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups are encouraged to apply.

Preferred: Familiarity with efficient processing and description procedures for large manuscript collections (MP/LP). Familiarity with Dublin Core, METS, MODS, EAC-CPF, VIAF, etc. Experience with DACS, EAD-XML, MARC and other metadata standards. Experience with Omeka. Experience supervising students or staff.

General Information: Serving over 21,000 students, the University of Delaware provides a broad range of academic programs at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels, is a national model for the integration of technology, and has a beautiful campus located an hour from Philadelphia and two hours from New York and Washington, D.C. The Library makes accessible a broad range of electronic resources, including approximately 50,000 electronic and print journals, over 370 databases and over 26,000 videos. Library collections include 2.8 million volumes. The Library has 275 public access workstations and 200 laptop connections as well as wireless access. The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Digital Library Federation, the OCLC Research Partnership, SPARC, HathiTrust, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, CIRLA, NERL, and LYRASIS. More information about the Library is available online at:

The holdings of the special collections and manuscripts and archives departments of the University of Delaware Library include books, manuscripts, maps, prints, photographs, broadsides, periodicals, pamphlets, ephemera, and realia from the fifteenth century to the present. Printed collections number more than 200,000 titles and manuscript collections more than 6,000 linear feet. The collections complement the University's teaching programs and Library's general collections with particular strengths in the subject areas of the Arts; English, Irish, and American literature; history and Delawareana; horticulture and the history of science and technology. The special collections and manuscripts and archives departments have an active exhibition program and are engaged in several ongoing Web-related activities, including online finding aids for manuscript and archival collections, online exhibits and a blog, digitization of selected collections, and support for interdisciplinary digital humanities projects. Additional information about the special collections and manuscripts and archives departments is available online at The University of Delaware Library is a member of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) and is participating for the second time in a CLIR hidden collections processing grant to increase access to manuscript and archival collections.

Salary: $45,600.  Appointment at the entry-level rank of Affiliate Assistant Librarian.

Benefits: Vacation of 22 working days. Liberal sick leave. Generous flexible benefits program.  TIAA-CREF or Fidelity retirement with 11% of salary contributed by the University.  Tuition remission for dependents and course fee waiver for employee.  University benefits information is available at Library rank and promotion information available online at

To Apply: Include cover letter and resume, and the names and contact information of three employment references, in a single document, following University of Delaware application instructions at by April 15, 2014.

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