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Access Archives Project Assistant, Ohio State University Libraries, Columbus, OH

The Access Archives Project Assistant will enhance and edit archival description for materials from the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center and the Ohio Congressional Archives collections using Archivists ToolkitArchival and manuscript collections will be accessioned and processed through the arrangement, description, and creation of finding aids and archival metadata that advances the organization, long-term preservation, and discovery of analog, digitized, and born-digital materials. All projects will heavily utilize Archivists' Toolkit and other computer-based metadata management tools in use by the Archives. The Access Archives Project Assistant works under the general supervision of the Head of Archives with direction in best practices, standards, and workflows from the Special Collections Processing Program, and consults and collaborates with others throughout the library as appropriate. The Access Archives Project Assistant processes digital collections into the Libraries' Digital Collections repository, serves as a back-up for University Archives services as needed, and may perform other duties as assigned. 

Required qualifications: Bachelor's degree or education/experience equivalent. Minimum of one-year experience performing archival arrangement and description. Minimum of one year experience writing and editing archival description following DACS. Ability to follow complex instructions with a high degree of accuracy. Strong organizational skills and high level of attention to detail. Ability to work effectively in a highly collaborative environment; strong oral, written, and interpersonal skills. Ability to work in archival storage conditions where the stacks are 30 feet high and temperatures are approximately 62 degrees F; must be able to lift 40 lbs. and push a cart weighing up to 80 lbs.


Desired qualifications: Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following: metadata transformation or migration (particularly using XSLT or complex spreadsheet manipulation); archival collection clean-up, including: re-processing archival collections, finishing processing on a collection started by another processor, and/or cleaning up inaccurate archival description; diverse processing experience, including experience with collections of many sizes, formats, and complexities; creating and editing EAD (Encoded Archival Description); previous experience accessioning archival material; research in or other advanced knowledge of the topical strengths of the collections to be worked on during this project, particularly political collections and polar history.


Please apply online at from September 30, 2017 through October 15, 2017.

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