Archivist for The HistoryMakers
University Library, University of Illinois at Chicago
The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Library seeks an
Archivist to work with The HistoryMakers video oral history archive.
This is a specially-funded position, with a one-year appointment,
renewable for a period of up to three years. The incumbent will work
primarily at The HistoryMakers archive in Chicago and will report to
both UIC's Head of Special Collections and to The HistoryMakers's
JOB SUMMARY: The Archivist performs professional archivist,
reference, and records management duties involved in the
administration of The HistoryMakers video oral history archive.
-- Implements projects to improve description, bibliographic
control of and access to archival records, including creating
electronic finding aids using Encoded Archival Description (EAD),
creating MARC records, and assigning subject headings.
-- Initiates and implements procedures for the preservation and
conservation of archival materials.
-- Develops documentation and trains staff in cataloging and
subject analysis of archival materials.
-- Hires, trains and supervises graduate assistants, program
assistants and interns.
-- Responds to reference inquiries from researchers using the The
-- Participates in the usability testing of The HistoryMakers
Informedia database for indexing and retrieval of interview segments.
-- Writes grant proposals for projects to preserve or improve
access to the archive.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Master's degree in library science from a
program accredited by the American Library Association and archival
certification. Knowledge of American history and African-American
history. Strong project planning and time management skills.
Knowledge of HTML, XML, Dublin Core, OAI-PMH, and CONTENTdm or other
digital asset management system. Knowledge of Library of Congress
subject headings and MARC format. Knowledge of FileMaker Pro and
Microsoft Access as well as other Microsoft Office applications. Five
years of experience as an archivist in an academic or research
library, museum, or archive.
ADDITIONAL DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: Familiarity with the
professional standards and cataloging practices of the Association of
Moving Images Archivists and Oral History Association.
Salary/rank/contract: Salary is $55,000. This is a twelve-month
Academic/Professional appointment in the UIC Library; annual contract
renewable for up to three years; 24 vacation days; 12 days of annual
sick leave with additional disability benefits; 11 paid holidays;
medical insurance (contribution based on annual salary; coverage for
dependents may be purchased); two dental plans available; life
insurance paid by the State; participation in one of the retirement\
options of the Illinois State Universities Retirement System
compulsory (8% of salary is withheld and is tax exempt until
withdrawal); no Social Security coverage but Medicare payment required.
For fullest consideration, apply by May 22, 2007 with supporting
resume and the names and addresses of at least three references to:
Annie Marie Ford Director of Library Human Resources The University
Library The University of Illinois at Chicago Box 8198 Chicago, IL
60680 email: [log in to unmask] Fax: 312-413-0424
The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal
Opportunity employer. The HistoryMakers is a 501 (c) (3)
not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the creation of a video
archive of first-person narratives of African Americans. The initial
goal of The HistoryMakers is to create an archive of 5,000 interviews
over a five-year period. Information about the archive and projects
is available at: www.thehistorymakers.com. The HistoryMakers
headquarters is located at 1900 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60616.