Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Traveling Archivist - Connecticut State Library

Traveling Archivist - Connecticut State Library. This is a part-time, grant funded, contracted position based out of the Connecticut State Library. Reporting to the Project Director, the Traveling Archivist is part of a National Historical Publications and Records Commission [NHPRC] SNAP grant project intended to encourage best practices in the management, arrangement, preservation, and access of archival collections held in museums, historical societies, archives and libraries in the state. The Traveling Archivist will be responsible for conducting half-day site visits throughout the state as well as attending a 3-part workshop series on archival management and arrangement. Key duties and responsibilities: assist in promoting the Traveling Archivist Program; assist in reviewing applications, selecting participants and arranging site visits; conduct 34 half-day on-site visits to instruct institutional staff and volunteers in archival best practices, including management, arrangement, description, preservation and access; assist in the creation of forms and hand-outs to aid institutions after the site visit to continue to be able to implement the recommendations made by the Traveling Archivist; prepare a written report for each site visit; conduct a three month follow-up via phone/email; and prepare a final summary report on site visits. Qualifications: bachelors or master’s degree in Library/Archival Science, Public History, or other related field; strong knowledge of archival principles and practices; knowledge and familiarity of mid-size and emerging cultural heritage institutions; a working knowledge of the operations of collecting institutions, understanding of collections preservation standards; experience in providing training in archival practices; minimum 3-5 years professional experience required; excellent written and verbal communication skills; demonstrated project management skills; proficient computer skills required (Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel); in-state travel required; must have a car. The start date is January 1, 2014. The grant funding currently in place is scheduled to end June 30, 2014, although an extension to June 30, 2015 will be sought and is expected. Compensation is $14,000 during the grant period including the extension. Benefits are not included. Please send/email letter of intent and resume by October 31, 2013 to Project Director, Paul E. Baran, State Archivist, Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT 06106, FAX: 860-757-6542, Phone: 860-757-6511,