Assistant Archivist - Oral History

Deadline

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Location

Lubbock, Texas

Sponsor Organization

Texas Tech University

Description

Serves the research needs of the archives' patrons in assigned area. Duties may include arranging and describing archives, manuscript, and image collections according standards; accessioning, processing, and preserving materials in various formats; conducting oral histories; exhibit curation and creating finding aids.  Assistance with reference services. The position is expected to cooperate and function as part of a team to meet the needs of patrons. Represents the SWC/SCL and interacts with donors. This is an entry level faculty position.

Major/Essential Functions

  • Primary duty and responsibility are to supervise and manage the oral history archive that includes securing interview contacts, conducting, duplicating, abstracting, transcribing, and preserving interviews, or overseeing such work in alignment with SWC\\SCL rules, procedures, and collecting scopes, and in accordance with Oral History Association Best Practices.  
  • Collaborates with SWC/SCL archival units in sharing information on possible collection acquisitions and cooperates closely with the SWC/SCL Manuscripts Field Representative in the acquisition of oral history interviews. 
  • Works with and coordinates with the Audio-Visual Unit/Department (A-V) which conducts preservation and access work for oral history interviews and other archival media.  Such activity includes media duplication for reference services and internal projects, transferring audio-video data to a stable platform, and addressing long-term HVAC storage issues for sensitive materials.
  • As a key component of SWC/SCL outreach, the archivist also assists in planning and arranging for collaborative multi-interview oral history-related projects that include presentations, oral history workshops, and tours.  Such projects can involve campus, city, and regional partners.
  • Remains knowledgeable with A-V technology used for conducting oral histories and stays current with new developments in the field.   
  • Makes relevant research information available to colleagues and patrons/researchers through regularly scheduled duty in the SWC/SCL reading room, via phone calls, email interaction, web social media postings, presentations, workshops, and exhibit curation.  
  • Stays current with archival and oral history methods via professional publications, training sessions, and participation in national, regional, and statewide organizations of oral historians, archivists, and other cultural resource management professionals.  
  • Supervises one staff member and assists in the supervision of student assistants and fulfills other duties assigned by the supervisor and SWC/SCL administration.
  • Contributes substantially to the planning, development, and assessment of departmental policies.
  • Participates in library committees and cross-functional teams as assigned.
  • Engage in scholarly pursuit and other professional activities in accordance with Texas Tech Library’s standards for promotion and tenure.
  • Participate in the library, college, and university governance.

Candidates who have very strong records of scholarship supported by extramural funding and who have the proven capacity or clear potential to bring externally sponsored research to Texas Tech University are encouraged to apply.  Service duties include program-building, as well as a commitment to extra-curricular activities. Service to the department, college, university, and community is expected.

Required Qualifications

  • Masters in History or related field with graduate-level archival course work or certification or M.L.S. from an ALA accredited library institution. One to two years of professional archival experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A working knowledge of EAD (Encoded Archival Description) and emerging metadata standards is desirable, supervisory experience in reference service preferably in an archives or manuscript repository.
  • Five (5) years of professional archival experience and one (1) year of oral history and supervisory experience.
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