Wayne State University seeks a knowledgeable, energetic, detail-oriented individual for a full-time, grant-funded, two-year appointment at the Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs. The Reuther Library collects, preserves, and provides access to historical records documenting the modern American labor movement, the development of southeastern Michigan, and the history of Wayne State University. The successful candidate will report to the Reuther Library Director.
The project archivist will be responsible for arranging, describing, and promoting the oral history holdings of the Reuther Library, comprised of both analog and digital transcripts, audio recordings, and video recordings. Using descriptive standards and processing best practices, and following the Library’s collections manual, the project archivist will be responsible for aggregating information and importing it into ArchivesSpace as well as managing description in EAD and MARC formats. Contributing these records to union catalogs and publicizing the oral histories through web 2.0 technologies are anticipated. Creation of standardized workflows appropriate for continued collection management of the Library’s oral history holdings are expected, as well.
Completed coursework in electronic archival description, oral history methodologies, and library cataloging.
Demonstrated understanding of archival collections and principles of arrangement and description through a completed finding aid or other description tool.
Working knowledge of EAD, DACS, and standardized vocabularies.
Effective communication, organizational, and time-management skills.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Ability to lift 40 lbs.
Experience creating MARC records.
Experience with ArchivesSpace, Archivists Toolkit or Archon.
Undergraduate degree in history or specialized knowledge of 20th century labor and/or Detroit history.