The Dalhousie University Archives is seeking to hire two Archives Assistant positions from September 2019 to March 2020 that will contribute to a major archival description project for approximately 30.5 metres of textual and photographic materials from 106 distinct fonds acquired by the Archives.
The Key Responsibilities for these positions include:
– Review case files and accession records for each fonds/collection. Complete any additional background research required on the individual or organization for use in the descriptive component of the project, including research into creators for authority records.
– Complete physical assessments of the materials including the appraisal and re-appraisal of each fonds/collection. Create appraisal reports with recommendations on whether the fonds/collection should be retained by the Archives.
– Create Rules for Archival Description compliant fonds-level descriptions for each fonds/collection as well as create authority records with appropriate subject, geographic and names as part of the anticipated outputs.
– Re-house textual materials with each fonds/collection in acid-free folders and boxes and approved archival photographic sleeves for photographic prints and negatives. Create descriptions below the fonds-level as necessary.
– Complete data entry and uploading of all descriptions into the Archives’ Access to Memory database and upload the fonds-level descriptions in MemoryNS.
This position requires heavy lifting as well as pushing carts and climbing ladders. Periodic exposure to dust and debris on materials.
– Educational background in archival or library studies, with a specialization or previous work experience in archives is essential.
– Experience with computer applications (word processing, database, spreadsheet, etc.) and information systems (both personal computer and network) is required.
– Must have demonstrated knowledge of current theory and practice relating to recorded information management; archival theory, principles and practice; archival appraisal; and Rules for Archival Description.
– Strong communication (oral and written) skills are required. Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
Applications can be made by applying on-line at: https://dal.peopleadmin.ca/postings/1951