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Project Archivist, Adirondack Research Library, Union College, Schenectady, NY

Job no: 492429
Appointment Type: Temp Full-time
Department: Schaffer Library
Categories: Temporary, Administration
Position Grade: LS

The Adirondack Research Library Project archivist will process environmental conservation‐focused archival collections as part of a Mellon Foundation grant-funded project. This is a temporary, 12‐month appointment. The successful candidate will have demonstrated skills in arrangement and description of manuscript materials, have demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills, and have demonstrated proficiency at successfully setting and meeting goals and deadlines.


The Adirondack Research Library Project Archivist will be responsible for arranging and describing archival collections documenting the work of various environmental organizations and activists from the archival collections held in the Adirondack Research Library, located at the Kelly Adirondack Center (KAC). The Project Archivist will work under the general supervision of the Head of Special Collections & Archives at the Schaffer Library and will consult with the KAC Faculty Director in processing collections as necessary. The Project Archivist will assist the KAC Faculty Director and staff with outreach efforts aimed at promoting the use of archival collections for teaching and research. The position coordinates related digital projects with the Schaffer Library's Digital Services unit and oversees metadata quality assurance (QA) as needed.


  • MLS from an ALA‐accredited institution or equivalent degree, with a specialization in archival studies
  • Demonstrated understanding of archival collections and the principles of arrangement and description of manuscript materials with a completed finding aid
  • 1-2 years of experience arranging and describing organizational records
  • Demonstrated experience working with archival information content management systems, such as ArchivesSpace
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency at setting and meeting goals and deadlines
  • Familiarity with EAD, ASpace and DACS
  • Familiarity with MARC data elements. 
  • Must be able to work with a diverse group of individuals

    Additional Preferred Qualifications: 
  • Previous archival project management experience
  • Knowledge of Environmental history and politics
  • Undergraduate degree in the Humanities or Social Sciences, especially US or Environmental history

Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check.

Diversity at Union College

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities that request such accommodations.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Union College will not discriminate in the recruitment or selection of faculty and employees, or in any other area of employment, on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin, religion, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and veteran status. In this regard, opportunities for advancement will be made available without bias. The College is also subject to state and federal laws, supports efforts to attract and retain fully qualified women and other minority group members for faculty and other positions. Union College will comply with the letter and intent of all State and Federal laws and applicable orders pursuant to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

Advertised: June 27, 2018 
Applications close: Open until filled

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