Job Title: College Archivist
Supervisor: Seymour Adelman Director of Special Collections (60%) and Director of Digital Scholarship, Critical Making and Digital Collections Management (40%), Library and Information Technology Services (LITS)
Bryn Mawr College invites applicants for the position of College Archivist. The College Archivist is responsible for ensuring the preservation of, and access to, the permanent records of Bryn Mawr College in all formats, and providing professional leadership and expertise in the management of the College’s paper and electronic records. The College Archivist also plays a critical role in promoting an understanding of the College’s history through presentations, online and physical exhibitions, social media, and support and mentorship for student research projects, including digital scholarship projects and oral history projects.
Reflecting the responsibilities across digital and physical formats, the College Archivist serves as a member of both the Special Collections Department, which manages the College’s extensive and important collections of rare books, manuscripts, art works and artifacts, and the new Digital Scholarship, Critical Making & Digital Collections Management Department, which manages the College’s digital collections. The College Archivist will also work closely with colleagues at Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, as part of the Tri-College Library Consortium.
- Manages the College’s program for preserving its permanently valuable records in all formats, including paper, electronic, and audio-visual, and for developing or revising procedures and documentation necessary for the archival program.
- Drafts and recommends policies and procedures for records management at the College.
- Works with the College’s administrative departments to manage the preservation of permanently valuable records.
- Oversees the collection of documents related to student life, student activities and campus culture, and advises student organizations on digital archiving for their own records.
- Plays an active role in collaborative projects relating to college history, including the College’s Histories initiatives, the “College Women” project with the 7 Sisters Colleges, and collaborative projects with Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges.
- Provides reference services to administrative departments, faculty, students, and outside researchers using the College’s historical records and rare book and manuscript collections.
- Encourages and supports the use of the College archives for classes, student research projects, and student internships.
- Encourages interest in the College’s diverse histories through exhibitions, presentations, articles, social media, and other outlets.
- Oversees the processing and creation of finding aids for both College records and manuscript collections, currently housed in an ArchivesSpace database.
- Supervises, trains, and reviews the work of student employees, including providing mentorship as part of the Digital Competencies Program.
- Participates in the training and supervision of student workers involved in digitizing collections.
- Participates in planning and outreach activities for both the Special Collections Department and the Digital Scholarship, Critical Making & Digital Collections Management Department, including the development of a campus-wide personal digital archiving initiative.
- Represents LITS on College and Tri-Co committees and at meetings of professional library and/or archival associations.
- Participates fully as a member of the LITS division
- Performs other job-related duties as assigned or directed.
Skills and Abilities:
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Excellent teaching, public speaking, and written communication skills.
- Ability to work in a collaborative environment.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program with a concentration in archives; or master’s degree in Archival Studies, History, or other related field with coursework or significant experience in archival work, plus two years of experience working in archives or in a special collections program. Strong written and oral communication skills, facility with digital tools, and the ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of people are essential.