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Short-term Project Archivist, Henri Lazarof Collection, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Job Summary:
Working under the general direction of the Special Collections Librarian, the Short-term Project Archivist will process the Henri Lazarof collection. The collection includes approximately 75 linear feet of material documenting the career of American composer Henri Lazarof (1932-2013). Materials include unique holographic composer's scores, musical sketches, published musical works, correspondence, personal papers, and nearly 400 audiovisual items including commercial and non-commercial audio recordings (including reel-to-reel tapes, LPs, cassette tapes, DAT, etc.). The collection provides a view into the career of a contemporary symphonic composer working in the second half of the twentieth century.

Essential Functions:

  • Conduct a survey of the Henri Lazarof collection.
  • In consultation with the Special Collections Librarian, write a comprehensive processing plan that proposes and prioritizes arrangement schemes to be carried out during this project.
  • Arrange and describe selected series according to accepted archival standards.
  • Publish an online finding aid for the collection in ArchivesSpace.
  • Identify items that are candidates for preservation work.
  • Identify and select approximately 250 items for digitization, oversee and coordinate digitization of materials and create metadata for them.
  • Perform outreach work for the collection as required, including coordination of outreach activity or event.

Note: This is a full-time, temporary, short-term position expected to last approximately 12 months.

For full consideration, please be sure to submit your application by September 17.

Compensation:  $25-27 per hour

Skills and knowledge:

  • Knowledge of archival and descriptive standards, including DACS, and best practices for appraising and processing archival and born-digital materials.
  • Experience working with ArchivesSpace or similar collection management tool.
  • Experience carrying out digitization projects, including familiarity with techniques, workflows, and metadata standards commonly used.
  • Effective communication and writing skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to assess and solve problems accurately.
  • Ability to work independently and to make appropriate decisions; dependability.
  • Familiarity with contemporary classical music and composers strongly preferred.

Additional Information:
May need to work with confidential information; may be required to sign a Confidentiality Statement.

Note:  Ability to lift up to 40 lbs. is required.

MS degree in Library & Information Science with a concentration in Archives Management preferred. Individuals with relevant processing experience who are currently enrolled in a program may also be considered.

Work Experience:
Demonstrated experience in processing collections is required. Some experience working in an archives or special collections department or comparable setting is desired.

To Apply:
Submit cover letter and resume through the Brandeis Employment website at, or via this link: 

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