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Job posting: University of Houston Libraries Special Collections staff

The Special Collections department at the University of Houston Library is seeking a full-time staff member (Program Coordinator 2).

Job Duties:

1. Coordinates program to ensure that implementation and prescribed activities are carried out in accordance with specified objectives.
2. Participates in planning and develops methods for program implementation and administration; coordinates program activities and processes.
3. Reviews program records and reports of activities. Recommends modifications to methods or procedures as required.
4. Prepares recurring and ad hoc program reports for management use.
5. Assists in preparing reports, proposals, manuals, and other documentation as required for the program.
6. Participates in budget planning and is responsible for controlling expenditures in accordance with budget allocations for the program.
7. Conducts formal training or gives instruction regarding program policies and procedures.
8. Interacts with faculty, staff and students to promote the goals and objectives of the program.
9. Develops and maintains database on research studies, policy issues, etc.
10. Performs other job related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications: 

Requires a 4 year degree from a college or university or an equivalent in-depth specialized training program that is directly related to the type of work being performed.
Requires a minimum of one (1) year of directly job-related experience.

For the full listing, please visit: https://jobs.uh.edu/postings/15788

 

Job posting: Part-time Archivist at HAM-TMC Library (FILLED)

Update: position filled

The Texas Medical Center Library seeks a part-time archivist. This individual will be responsible for processing and maintaining archival manuscript collections and provide reference support and service to Library clients and assist other functions within the Library.

Duties:

  • Use best archives practice at work
  • Initiate contacts with members of the Houston community to obtain collections or individual items of historical significance
  • Review condition of new archival materials and performs the initial survey of collections prior to cleaning and re-housing
  • Organize, arrange and describe collections according to generally accepted professional standards
  • Create printed and online finding guides for processed collections
  • Maintain collections according to their provenance and maintain the inventories of the collections
  • Provide guidance to the Archive Assistant, clerical assistants, and volunteers
  • Perform searches for manuscripts, serials, and other historical information
  • Prepare exhibits and provides information/materials from the collections for special events
  • Communicate with individuals and organizations to publicize the Library’s historical resources
  • Seek funding for special events, historical collections, and the support of the McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center
  • Answer reference questions and assists clients with their research
  • Collaborate with members of other departments to ensure client needs are met
  • Assist the archivist to manage all aspects of the HRC physical facility assuring the physical environment is secure and clean

General Responsibilities:

  • Provide assistance and support to librarians and staff when needed
  • Collaborate with others to create an atmosphere of enthusiasm and commitment
  • Establish and maintains an environment that encourages teamwork, interdependence, and customer service
  • Continually increase technical competency of self and others through education and research within their field
  • Answers phone, ascertains nature of call, and directs call to appropriate staff member
  • Collaborates with members of other departments to ensure client needs are met
  • Provides assistance and support to librarians and staff when needed
  • Completes all activities towards the fulfillment of the Library mission and strategic objectives
  • Identifies ways to more effectively provide healthcare information to clients
  • Collaborates with others to create an atmosphere of enthusiasm and commitment

Archival responsibilities:

  • Capable of maintaining, managing and supervising the HRC when the Archivist is absent
  • Understands and has experience with the seven domains of archiving and implements those domains while working at the archives:

1. selection, appraisal, and acquisition;
2. arrangement and description;
3. reference services and access;
4. preservation and protection;
5. outreach, advocacy, and promotion;
6. managing archival programs;
7. professional, ethical, and legal responsibilities.

  • Understands the general principles about handling and working with rare books and ephemera
  • Has knowledge of cataloging systems, such as Library of Congress and the National Library of Medicine
  • Maintains collections inventory
  • Gathers information and materials from archives for special events and exhibits; creates displays
  • Contributes to a blog about the McGovern Historical Research Center by writing and through research
  • Continues to improve archival skills through professional-related classes, workshops and conferences
  • Participates where possible in professional archival organizations, such Archivists of the Houston Area, Society of Southwest Archivists, and Society of American Archivists or archival-related organizations
  • Conducts reference interviews to help patrons
  • Assists patrons who visit on-site or contact the McGovern Center by phone or email
  • Assists with copying and scanning to fulfill patron requests or to help the archivist.
  • Has a working knowledge of basic office software as well as specialized digital skills, including working with XML-based EAD, scanning software, and Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or equivalent software

Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities):

  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office suite.
  • Familiarity with the standards, Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) and Encoded Archival Description (EAD).
  • Familiarity or proficiency with archive management systems, such as Archon, Archivist Toolkit or the new ArchivesSpace is a plus.
  • Awareness of best archival practices is essential, including knowledge of digital archival practices, such as preservation, metadata and digitization.
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills. The applicant should have the ability to work with minimal supervision, supervise staff and volunteers, work closely with patrons and donors, and achieve mutually agreed upon goals.

Education and Experience:

Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-Accredited program with some classes in archival science or an archival track; or an equivalent master’s degree in archival studies or related field. Some experience in an archival setting required.
Favorable consideration will be given to candidates with an Archivist Certification through the Academy of Certified Archivists.

The TMC Library is a major research library serving Texas Medical Center researchers, clinicians and students, including two major medical schools and over 20 member institutions. The Library is also the Regional Medical Library for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region, with responsibility for providing health information to health professionals and consumers in the five state region of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Working Conditions:

Usual Environment – Normal working schedule indoors and in office environment.  Occasional travel may be required.  May need to work irregular hours to meet deadlines and/or special assignments.  Physical Requirements – Normal physical demands; occasional bending and stooping; occasional lifting of boxes of paper and files.

The TMC Library is an equal opportunity employer, providing access to employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation, or disability.

Salary range: $18.00 – $23.00 per hour

Email or fax cover letter and resume to:
Rosalind Bob
Email: rosalind.bob@exch.library.tmc.edu
Fax: 713.799.7816

Word document of job listing: HAM-TMC Part-time Archivist Job Description

Kinkaid School Seeking Oral Historian

The Kinkaid School’s Moran Upper School Library is looking for a part-time/temporary Oral Historian to come in and conduct about 25 interviews this fall.

Please contact Fiona de Young, School Archivist and Assistant Librarian at  (713) 243-6523 for more information.

Job posting: Curator, Historical Manuscripts and Archives at the University of Southern Mississippi

Curator, Historical Manuscripts and Archives
University Libraries
The University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries seeks applications from experienced, innovative, and energetic individuals for the position of Curator of Historical Manuscripts and Archives.

Job Summary:

The curator leads and coordinates the historical manuscripts and university archives program and reports to the Dean of University Libraries.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Curator of Historical Manuscripts and Archives is expected to lead and manage all aspects of the historical manuscripts and university archives program including communicating with potential donors to acquire new materials, arranging and describing collections, assisting researchers, managing preservation, establishing policies and plans for the unit, supervising the Assistant Curator of Archives and Manuscripts, collaborating on digital projects, coordinating exhibits and events, overseeing the retention of university records, and managing and directing a current NHPRC grant-funded project.

Qualifications Required:

• Master’s degree in archival or library science from an ALA-accredited program or masters/doctoral degree in a closely related field
• At least a minimum of three years as a professional archivist in an academic or research library
• Demonstrated Supervisory experience
• Demonstrated experience working with donors
• Demonstrated knowledge of archival principles and descriptive standards
• Knowledge of preservation and conservation treatments for archival materials
• Knowledge of copyright and intellectual property principles
Preferred
• Additional advanced degree in history, English, museum studies, or related field
• Demonstrated experience with a records management program
• Archival certificate from the Academy of Certified Archivists
• Demonstrated experience with DACS, EAD, and MARC

Appointment Rank and Salary:

Rank: This is a tenure track faculty position to be hired at the assistant or associate level depending on qualifications and experience. Professional activity and service are expected.
Salary: Preferred hiring range is $40,000 to $60,000, depending on qualifications and experience.

Application Deadline:

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Procedure:

To apply for this position, go to https://jobs.usm.edu. Attach a letter of interest addressing your qualifications for meeting the position responsibilities, a current curriculum vitae and complete contact information for at least three references.
For further information, contact Jorge Brown, the search committee chair, at Jorge.Brown@usm.edu or by phone at 228.214.3455.

Historical Manuscripts and Archives holds more than 10,000 cubic feet of historical manuscripts and records, specializing in the Civil Rights movement, the timber and railroad industries in Mississippi, the Civil War, university records, and other original materials associated with Mississippi history and culture. The University Libraries other special collections include the internationally recognized de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, the Mississippiana and Rare Books Collections.

Founded in 1910, the University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. The University of Southern Mississippi, which enrolls approximately 17,000 students each year, is the only dual-campus university in Mississippi with campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach. Six additional research sites are located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in Meridian. Learn more at www.usm.edu.

LAMA Annual Meeting

The Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association will hold its annual meeting on November 2, 2012 at the McNeese State University Alumni Center (corner of McNeese and Common streets) in Lake Charles.

The registration fee is $25 and is due by October 5th. Please see the document below for the schedule of events, hotel and parking information, and membership information.

For questions or more information please contact Pati Threatt at 337.475.5731 or pthreatt@mcneese.edu.

File: LAMA invite 2012

AHA meeting at the University of Houston, July 12

Join us at 6 pm on Thursday at the University of Houston Library, Special Collections.
Special Collections is located on the 2nd floor at the top of the main circular staircase, through the glass door.
Refreshments will be provided.

The speaker will be Carol A. Skewes, Publisher and Editor of The Vindicator and The Anahuac Progress. She will speak on “How to Get the Word Out: Press in the Digital Age.”

Carol has a BS and MBA from the University of Houston. Since 1989 she has worked for The Baytown Sun, Gibson Printing Company, and Granite Publishing Partners, Inc. She serves as the Publisher of The Vindicator and The Anahuac Progress and has been a graphic designer for over twenty years. She will focus on proper AP style, working with editors, writing within a digital perspective, how to take advantage of free press relations, and how to submit digital photos and electronic copy.

Directions to Special Collections and Archives at the University of Houston’s MD Anderson (Main) Library

If coming from the north/downtown, take I-45 South. Take exit 44-B. Merge toward Spur 5 South. Turn right onto University Drive. Turn left on Calhoun and you will immediately see the Welcome Center & Parking Garage, a yellow brick building with red trim.

If coming from the south, take I-45 North. Take exit 44-A (Elgin/Lockwood/Cullen). Turn left on Cullen. Drive along Cullen, passing the stadium, and turn left on Wheeler. Turn left again on Calhoun. To your left just past the parking lot you will see the Welcome Center & Parking Garage, a yellow brick building with red trim.

Parking rates are hourly. Please remember to take your ticket with you.

Once you’ve parked, walk in towards the center of campus. You will pass the Hilton Hotel on your left and the University Center (student center) on your right. You will find yourself behind the M.D. Anderson Library, a large cream-colored building. You must go around to the front of the building to enter the Library.

Special Collections is located on the 2nd floor at the top of the main circular staircase, through the glass door.

Two University of Houston Job announcements

Two opportunities are available at the University of Houston Libraries:

UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES FELLOW

http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/employment/university-archives-fellowship
Responsibilities:  
This archival fellowship is a one-year fellowship, with the possibility of a one-year extension, offering a recent graduate the opportunity to work in a large and forward-looking special collections department in a research library. As a member of the Special Collections Department, the successful candidate will be responsible for arranging and describing collections in the areas of University Archives and Hispanic Collections, including the supervision of students in processing tasks. The fellow will also provide support for reference service and digital projects in these subject areas. This position will report to the University Archivist.

This is a one year term appointment, with the potential for a one year renewal.  Candidates for this position must be available to begin work no later than Monday, August 27, 2012.

Qualifications:

Required:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program, conferred within the last 24 months
  • Coursework in or experience with archival practice and theory
  • Strong written, analytical and interpersonal skills

Preferred:

  • Practicum or work experience in an archive or special collections department
  • Experience supervising student workers
  • Reference experience or coursework
  • Reading knowledge of Spanish

Salary:  $47,000 annually.  Excellent benefits package, including health coverage; choice of retirement programs including TIAA-CREF; tax-deferred annuity program available; release time to take a class up to 3 hrs/wk; no state or local income tax.

THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER.  MINORITIES, WOMEN, VETERANS AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

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HOUSTON AND TEXAS ARCHIVES FELLOW

http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/employment/houston-and-texas-archives-fellowship
Responsibilities:  
This archival fellowship is a one-year fellowship, with the possibility of a one-year extension, offering a recent graduate the opportunity to work in a large and forward-looking special collections department in a research library. As a member of the Special Collections Department, the successful candidate will be responsible for arranging and describing collections in the areas of Houston Hip Hop and Houston and Texas History, including the supervision of students in processing tasks. The fellow will also provide support for reference service and digital projects in these subject areas.  This position will report for the first six months to the archivist who curates Houston Hip Hop collections and for the second six months to the archivist who curates Houston and Texas History collections.

This is a one year term appointment, with the potential for a one year renewal.  Candidates for this position must be available to begin work no later than Monday, August 27, 2012.

Qualifications:
Required:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program, conferred within the last 24 months
  • Coursework in or experience with archival practice and theory
  • Strong written, analytical and interpersonal skills

Preferred:

  • Practicum or work experience in an archive or special collections department
  • Experience supervising student workers
  • Reference experience or coursework
  • Knowledge of or familiarity with hip hop music

Salary:  $47,000 annually.  Excellent benefits package, including health coverage; choice of retirement programs including TIAA-CREF; tax-deferred annuity program available; release time to take a class up to 3 hrs/wk; no state or local income tax.

Library Information: The UH Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, and the Texas Digital Library.  The Libraries hold over 2.1 million volumes.  Total staff includes 48 professionals and approximately 110 support staff.  Additional information available at http://info.lib.uh.edu.

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General Information:  The University of Houston campus comprises 13 colleges and schools offering close to 80 degree programs with an enrollment exceeding 40,000 students, 7,200 of whom are enrolled in graduate studies.  The University of Houston has been recognized as one of the best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review and is included in its guidebook, The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 edition.  Reflecting the multicultural community of metropolitan Houston, UH is one of the most ethnically diverse research university campuses in the nation.
Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, offers all the cultural and recreational opportunities of a great city and is within easy reach of the Gulf of Mexico.  It enjoys a very reasonable cost of living and was rated eighth among livable North American cities by Places Rated Almanac.

For additional information, including information about Houston’s housing market, flourishing arts scene, and entertainment offering, please see the My Houston site:  http://www.visithoustontexas.com/myhouston/ and the Greater Houston Partnership site at: http://www.houston.org/.

Application Deadline:  Applications will be accepted until July 9, 2012.  Send letter of application, names and contact information for 3 references, resume, and photocopy of transcript showing conferral of ALA-accredited masters degree to Damon Camille, Training, Assessment, and Statistics Coordinator, University of Houston, 114 University Libraries, Houston, Texas 77204-2000.  Applications may also be submitted by email to: dcamille@uh.edu.  Potential applicants seeking further information should contact John Lehner, Associate Dean for Personnel, Planning, and Systems, at 713-743-9801 or jlehner@uh.edu.

THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER.  MINORITIES, WOMEN, VETERANS AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

Volunteers needed for AHA table at the Houston History Conference

We’re seeking volunteers to man the AHA! table at the Houston History Conference on Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm.  Volunteers can also register for the meeting here and arrange to attend sessions and the provided lunch.

Please contact Terry Brown and Robert Schaadt to volunteer or for more information

More information about the conference:

http://www.myhoustonhistory.com/Conference

AHA meeting – April 24 – Archives Digitization Presentation and Roundtable

Please join us for an AHA event in celebration of Preservation Week
Archives digitization presentation and roundtable
Tuesday, April 24, 6-8pm
Rice University, Fondren Library, Kyle Morrow Room

Representatives from University of Houston, Houston Public Library, and Rice University will each present a 10 minute overview of their digitization programs, and then invite open discussion and questions.
Other AHA members who are also engaged in digitization (or would like to be) are encouraged to attend and share their experiences as well. We hope to see you there!

Topics to covered in the overviews:
– what kinds of materials does the repository digitize?
– are they available online? where?
– if material is online, what platform and software are used?
– what is the workflow for such projects?
– how does preservation of these digital objects take place?
–  documentation / guidelines which can be shared
– digitization challenges and victories

Panelists include Roland Lemonius and Amber Seely from Houston Public Library, Valerie Prilop and Nicci Westbrook from the University of Houston, and Amanda Focke, Dara Flinn, and Monica Rivero from Rice University.