poetry archivist: U of Buffalo
Processing Archivist - Poetry, University Libraries-Music & Special Collections
Institution: University at Buffalo
Location: Buffalo, NY
* Admin - Libraries
Application Due: 05/31/2013
Type: Full Time
Posting Number: 1300255
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The University at Buffalo Libraries seek an energetic professional to serve as Processing Archivist to appraise, arrange, and describe literary and manuscript collections in the Poetry Collection.
Within the UB Libraries' Special Collections, the Poetry Collection is contemporary poetry's library of record, comprehensive in its holdings of first editions of poetry published in English in the 20th and 21st centuries. The collection includes little literary magazines, important 20th-century presses, and more than 150 manuscript collections, including the world's largest archive of James Joyce manuscripts and the archives of Robert Graves, Theodore Enslin, Robert Duncan, John Logan, Helen Adam, Robert Kelly, John Montague, Michael Palmer, William Carlos Williams, Basil Bunting, Dylan Thomas, and Wyndham Lewis. The collection also serves as a regional repository for literary presses, literary magazines, literary arts organizations, and archives of the progressive art galleries of Western New York. Additionally, there are substantial holdings of photographs, audio and visual materials, mail art, and visual and concrete poetry.
Under the supervision of the Poetry Collection Associate Curator, the Processing Archivist appraises, arranges, and describes modern and contemporary literary and organizational manuscripts and multimedia in the Poetry Collection according to local and national best practices. She/he will work closely with collection curators on the analysis, documentation strategy, and level of description for Poetry collections, combining extensive subject knowledge of 20th-century poetry and literature with technical expertise. The incumbent will oversee finding aids maintenance and retrospective conversion of legacy records for the department. The Processing Archivist hires, trains, supervises, and assigns tasks to student assistant(s), specifically in the processing of archival and manuscript collections. She/he participates in monitoring patrons in the Special Collections Research Room, and provides reference service and instruction on the handling of rare and archival material. Other duties may be assigned, including developing and creating exhibits showcasing collection material, participating in library instruction sessions, outreach activities, and supervision of interns.
The Processing Archivist is expected to participate in local, regional, and national professional organizations, and represent Special Collections on library committees, task forces, etc., as needed and as appropriate.
* MLS from an ALA-accredited institution with coursework in Archives.
* Three to five years professional experience processing literary collections, preferably in a special collections repository or museum.
* Demonstrated proficiency in archival theory and practice, especially accessioning, processing and description, including minimal and basic processing strategies.
* Demonstrated proficiency in the use and application of DACS, EAD, MARC, LCSH, Dublin Core, and other library and archival descriptive and content standards.
* Experience with EAD, including its full range of elements and attributes, authoring tools (such as XMetal, Oxygen, or Archivists' Toolkit) and publishing platforms (such as XTF or CONTENTdm).
* Excellent interpersonal, communication, analytical, project management, and organizational skills.
* Must be able to work effectively, both independently and collaboratively, in a collegial environment.
* Advanced English degree with a focus on 20th-century poetry in English, 20th-century American literature or Modernism, or creative writing poetry; or experience as a practicing poet, scholar, editor, and/or publisher of contemporary poetry.
* Evidence of successful research and/or participation in the field.
* Knowledge of rights administration and management issues for manuscript collections.
Salary Range: $47,000 minimum, commensurate with qualifications and experience
The University at Buffalo is an Equal Opportunity Institution.
Contact: University at Buffalo
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