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Processing Archivist, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Duties & Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Collections Services Archivist, the Processing Archivist arranges and describes manuscript collections, archival records, visual materials, and objects, including large mixed-format and born-digital collections, using appropriate-level processing strategies to ensure their accessibility, preservation, discovery, and use. In this capacity, the Processing Archivist will: devise and implement processing plans; screen collections for sensitive materials; and prepare and update access tools including finding aids and catalog records in accordance with national and local standards such as the Harvard Joint Processing Guidelines. The Processing Archivist will also assist in the ongoing development and refinement of local processing and description practices, and contribute to the Center's culture of evaluation by maintaining processing metrics and project documentation. 

The Processing Archivist will also collaborate with colleagues on Collections Services team projects and departmental efforts, including serving regular shifts on the reference desk; participating in departmental and library-wide planning activities; training and supervising interns and less-than-half-time (LHT) processing staff as needed; serving on relevant Harvard Library committees and/or working groups; and undertaking special projects as assigned. The Processing Archivist is expected to actively contribute to and engage with the archival profession. 

Basic Qualifications:

Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent accredited advanced degree in a related discipline such as History (preferably in the history of medicine or science), with an archival concentration. Minimum of two years' related experience, preferably arranging and describing manuscript collections.  

Additional Qualifications:

Demonstrated experience creating DACS-compliant, EAD-encoded finding aids; familiarity with MARC for original cataloging of manuscript materials; and working knowledge of LCSH and LCNAF. Experience identifying and restricting sensitive information. Excellent attention to detail; demonstrated the ability to manage time and complete projects in a timely manner. Superior written and verbal communication skills; excellent analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills; ability to manage a variety of tasks and multiple priorities. Flexibility and tolerance for change are essential in this fast-paced work environment - the ability to work independently as well as collaborate in a team environment in a cooperative and collegial fashion.     

Preferred qualifications: experience processing born-digital collections and familiarity with digital forensics workflows; familiarity with accepted preservation methods for special collections materials; familiarity with ArchivesSpace and EAC-CPF. Broad knowledge of American and modern European history and culture and the history of medicine and science highly desirable.

Additional Information:

This is a two-year term position.  

Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complementary health services.
Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

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