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Library Information Associate, Special Collections-- University of Arizona

posted Sep 21, 2017, 4:48 AM by Lars Hagelin
To meet the information access, preservation, and research needs of students, faculty, and other customers by supporting the arrangement and description (processing), accessioning, surveying, reformatting, and creation of access points for digital initiatives in Special Collections, specifically (but not limited to) multimedia materials, and other related archival collections.

Special Collections Department (SC)

Established in 1958, Special Collections, a nationally recognized repository, includes rare books, literature, printed materials, manuscript collections, photographs and maps that contribute to the interdisciplinary investigations of researchers, scholars and citizens from Arizona and beyond. Special Collections serves the University of Arizona Libraries as the holder of primary research materials chiefly in the fields of Literature, Arizona and Southwestern History, and the Sciences. Gathered here too are important and substantial collections relating to the lands and peoples of Arizona, New Mexico, and Sonora, Mexico.

More on Special Collections may be found on our website.

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Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Assist with the survey and identification of all multimedia materials for digitization and to actively assist with development and implementation of digitization workflows and policies for multimedia collections in the department, and physical reformatting of multimedia materials in the department’s in-house Audio-Visual Lab.
  • Complete related project work including: preparing selected collections for digitization, assigning metadata, and uploading content to Libraries delivery platforms.
  • Create metadata and access points for archival materials through the use of ArchivesSpace, EAD, MARC, and other standards and frameworks.
  • Intellectually organize, process, and rehouse archival materials.
  • Create/prepare DACS complaint finding aids and collection records.
  • May assist with reference inquiries, instruction, and creation of exhibits.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Demonstrated project management skills related to processing archival collections.
  • Ability to work with a high level of detail and attention to accuracy, and multi-task with frequent interruptions to ensure goals, priorities and dealdlines are met.
  • Ability to work independently under minimal supervision, demonstrating organizational skills, initiative, use of good judgment, solid analytical and problem-solving skills, flexibility and confidentiality. This involves the ability to work proactively and constructively to identify, define, and solve problems with researchers, donors, and colleagues within and outside the department.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and acquire new tools, processes and techniques.
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives.
  • Positive attitude and strong demonstration of Our Values: Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Diversity, Innovation, and Integrity.
  • Familiarity with EAD (Encoded Archival Description); DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard); cataloging practices and MARC records, and searching the library’s catalog and World Cat and other research sources.
  • Familiarity with analog and physical audiovisual formats and audio and video digitization tools and practices, and digital curation concepts and best practices.
  • Ability to work with established guidelines, procedures and deadlines.
  • Advanced computing skills.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Must be able to lift items up to 40 pounds and retrieve materials from shelves.
  • Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications:
    • Bachelor’s degree AND two years related library experience; OR six years related library experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education approved by Human Resources.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience processing archival collections with appropriate professional standards, such as DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard).
  • Experience using one or more digital repository systems, including DSpace and Omeka, and archival collections management systems including ArchivesSpace.
  • Experience working with metadata schemas, including Dublin Core, PBCore, and EAD.
Full Time
Full Benefits
FLSA Exempt
Posted Rate of Pay $27,389-$40,128
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S24037
Number of Vacancies One

Contact Information for Candidates

Krissandra McNeill

Open Date 09/18/2017
Review Start Date 10/02/2017
Close Date: Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicant

In your cover letter, please describe how your qualifications and experience are a good fit for this position.

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