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Archivist in Archives and Special Collections-University of Calgary (Calgary, AB)

The following posting inviting applications for an Assistant or Associate Archivist position at the University of Calgary has recently been posted.

Libraries and Cultural Resources seeks a dynamic, innovative, communicative, and highly collaborative archivist to serve in the position of Archivist in Archives and Special Collections. This is a four-year, renewable tenure-track appointment at the Assistant or Associate Archivist level with an anticipated start date of May 1, 2019. This position will work at the Taylor Family Digital Library on the main campus, as well as the High Density Library on the Spy Hill Campus.


  *   Identifies, selects, acquires, appraises, accessions, arranges and describes archival records
  *   Collaborates closely with the Archival Processing Specialist to ensure that appropriate ingestion and descriptive practices are developed and followed for newly acquired archival materials
  *   Alongside colleagues in Archives and Special Collections, and other units in Libraries and Cultural Resources, contributes to a strategy for the acquisition, appraisal, arrangement and description, processing, preservation, and use of born-digital records
  *   Provides responsive and high-quality reference services and research support related to the holdings in the repositories that form Archives and Special Collections
  *   Provides expedient leadership and expertise for the appraisal, arrangement, description and processing of unprocessed materials, some of which may be submitted to the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board for certification as cultural property
  *   Completes archival appraisal or re-appraisal of holdings, as required
  *   Creates finding aids and inventories, in close cooperation with the Archival Processing Specialist and archival processing staff at the High Density Library on the Spy Hill Campus
  *   Adheres to relevant national and international standards and practices for the description of archival records
  *   Develops strong rapport and working relationships with colleagues in Archives and Special Collections, Libraries and Cultural Resources, campus business units, researchers, and donors
  *   In close consultation with the Associate University Librarian, consults with donors about future and prospective accessions of archival records
  *   Actively promotes the use of Archives and Special Collections holdings through relevant outreach and educational activities, including classroom instruction and public presentations
  *   Interacts extensively with creators and donors
  *   Participates in scholarly research, teaching and service
  *   Regularly lifts and moves boxes of archival materials weighing up to 40 lbs.
  *   Occasionally lifts and moves oversize collection items

Required Qualifications

  *   Graduate degree in archival studies or archival science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent, or a graduate degree in library or information studies, with a strong specialization in archives and records management
  *   Knowledge of archival descriptive standards and archival theory
  *   Minimum of two years of work experience in an archive
  *   Demonstrated ability to create archival finding aids
  *   Experience creating finding aids in RAD and/or ISAD(G)
  *   Excellent written and verbal communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills
  *   High capacity for detail and accuracy
  *   Demonstrated ability to work independently, collaboratively, and creatively with multiple constituencies in a complex and rapidly changing environment
  *   Proven track record of managing time and projects in a busy, deadline-driven environment
  *   Capacity to prioritize projects and initiatives according to unit needs
  *   Demonstrated capacity to think creatively, to independently conduct research, to keep informed of developments in archival practice
  *   Willingness to embrace complexity, explore solutions, and solve problems related to large archival fonds
  *   Familiarity with copyright and privacy issues related to archival holdings
  *   Ability to lift and move boxes or archival materials weighing up to 40 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications

  *   Master's degree in Archival Studies (MAS) is an asset
  *   Knowledge of digital preservation principles, standards, and solutions
  *   Knowledge of forensic software to accession, process, and deliver born-digital records
  *   Experience with forensic software and/or preservation management systems
  *   Experience in establishing and maintaining control and arranging and describing born-digital records and archival materials
  *   Experience writing and applying for grants

Application Procedures

To apply, please include the following in one PDF file:

  *   A curriculum vitae
  *   The names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references

Submit your application to Annie Murray, Associate University Librarian for Archives and Special Collections: amurr@ucalgary.ca by February 27, 2019

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