Sound Archivist,  Belfer Audio Archive


GRANT FUNDED POSITION. The Belfer Audio Archive, <> seeks an energetic and resourceful individual for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supported position of Sound Archivist. The Belfer Audio Archive at Syracuse University Library is the fourth largest sound archive in the United States. Its collection of 21,000 cylinder recordings is among the largest in North America. The archive's collections are especially strong in late nineteenth and early twentieth century popular music and non-musical, spoken word recordings. The Sound Archivist will report to the Director of Special Collections and collaborates closely with all library units, including the Special Collections Research Center, Preservation and Conservation, and Cataloging and Metadata.


. Develop a plan, including a set of local "best practices," for the arrangement and description/cataloging of the archive's half million sound recordings.
. Create MARC and EAD records for the archive's collections with assistance from library's Cataloging and Metadata (MARC) and Manuscripts Processing (EAD) units as well as student assistants and interns.
. With library IT and intellectual property staff, develop a means by which digitized audio content can be streamed directly to SU classrooms.
. Provide basic hands-on preservation for audio formats.
. Accession new gifts and purchases of audio materials.
. Respond to reference inquiries about the Belfer Audio Archive.
. Assist with instructional sessions in the archive's state-of-the-art seminar room.

. MLS from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent with a concentration in archival studies.
. Bachelor's degree in the performing arts, humanities, or music-related discipline.
. Experience with EAD (Encoded Archival Description) and the standard DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard) required.
. Some experience with MARC cataloging.
. Familiarity with XML based mark-up languages, including METS, MODS and PREMIS preferred.
. Some knowledge of database design and functionality.
. The ability to lead project-based teams comprised of colleagues and students.
. Willingness to apply new tools and methodologies to the overall management, including arrangement, description, preservation, and delivery, of audio collections.

Syracuse University, founded in 1870, is an independent Research II University and a member of the Association of American Universities. Its thirteen schools and colleges include a number of nationally ranked programs and serve a population of over 13,700 undergraduate and 5,600 graduate and law students. The Syracuse University Library comprises a large central library and three branch libraries serving a diverse community including over 1,000 faculty and many visiting researchers. 

The libraries hold almost 3,000,000 volumes, with significant special collections, and extensive electronic resources. The Library's annual budget is $18 million. The Library has a staff of approximately 51 librarians and 94 support staff. The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, OCLC, and national and regional consortia. It is committed to the development of digital resources and is working actively to initiate new digital programs. Library staff members are committed to providing excellent and responsive services to a culturally and racially diverse campus. 

Syracuse is located in the center of New York State within reach of New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, and Toronto. Local cultural opportunities include a symphony orchestra, jazz festival, chamber music society, nationally recognized art museum, and an Equity theater, along with excellent opportunities for sports and recreation nearby.

 Salary & Benefits:  Salary is Commensurate with education and experience The University's generous benefits package includes an 10% contribution to TIAA/CREF, health and dental plans, tuition remission, adoption assistance, insurance, and other work/life options and benefits. More information can be found on the Department of Human Resources website at <>

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 Review of applications begins immediately and the search will remain open until position is filled.


                 Syracuse University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer  

Peter D. Verheyen
Head of Preservation and Conservation 
Syracuse University Library
Syracuse, NY 13244
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