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Project Archivist/Special Collections Librarian, Lafayette College, Easton, PA

Project Archivist/Special Collections Librarian (Temporary, January-December 2019) 

The Lafayette College Libraries are seeking a temporary, full time Project Archivist/Special Collections Librarian for calendar year 2019. The position offers an excellent opportunity to gain significant experience in an academic special collections environment, while assisting the Libraries during the time of transition to a new Director of Special Collections and Archives.  The temporary archivist/librarian will report to the College Archivist. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists with accessions, processing, collection additions, and weeding of archival and book collections
  • Produces and updates finding aids and catalogs materials
  • Assists with projects to digitize special collections materials including scanning and metadata entry
  • Promotes use of collections by supporting classroom instruction, exhibition production, and transition of physical exhibitions to web exhibits
  • Supervises reading room as needed, provides research assistance to patrons, and responds to phone and email reference requests
  • Assists with basic preservation tasks and conservation rehousing for manuscript and rare book collections


  • Master's degree in Library and Information Science or a related field with a specialization in archival studies; or equivalent combination of education and experience

Required Qualifications:

  • Practical, hands on experience with processing and cataloging in a special collections/archives 
  • Excellent organizational, project, and time management skills and the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Knowledge of and experience using standards such as EAD, DACS, RDA, MARC, and Dublin Core
  • Proficiency using MS Office software (Word, Excel, Access) and Adobe software (Acrobat and Photoshop)
  • Strong service orientation, positive interpersonal skills, and willingness to collaborate in a team environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Some tasks require prolonged sitting (chiefly at a computer terminal) and lifting up to 50 pounds

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graduate coursework relevant to archival management or through the Society of American Archivists
  • Experience providing reference assistance in a special collections/archives
  • Experience with a collection management system such as ArchivesSpace or Archivist's Toolkit
  • Proficiency using software such as OCLC, an ILS such as III Sierra, and a digital repository such as DSpace, bepress, Islandora, or Hydra

This is a full-time, 12-month position with partial benefits including health insurance. 

Lafayette College is located in Easton, PA, 70 miles west of New York City, 60 miles north of Philadelphia, and 35 miles south of the scenic Pocono Mountains. Overlooking the Delaware River, Easton offers direct access to the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, including the D & L Canal Trail for biking and hiking. As part of the culturally vibrant Lehigh Valley with neighboring cities Bethlehem and Allentown, Easton is home to a dynamic restaurant culture, annual festivals, a historic farmers' market, and arts institutions such as the Karl Stirner Arts Trail.

For consideration, please submit a resume and cover letter addressing job qualifications and the names of three professional references to Anne Houston, Dean of Libraries, via Interfolio at Review of applications will begin mid-October and on-campus interviews will take place in November. The position will start Jan. 2, 2019. 

Lafayette College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, religion, age, military or veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or familial status, pregnancy, genetic information, or any characteristic protected by law, in its educational programs and activities, admissions, or employment, as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable laws and College policies. Lafayette College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.

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