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Library Specialist II (Archives)

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Posting Details

Position Information

Posting Number S334PO
Position Title Library Specialist II (Archives)
Job Description

Application review will begin June 26, 2017.

The start date for this position is September 1, 2017.

The Library Specialist II processes and maintains archival collections, including arrangement and transfer of materials to archival storage containers and inventory of items. Performs basic preservation techniques as needed when processing materials. Provides archival reference service. Supervises student worker as needed. Assists with preparation of exhibits and scans materials for preservation copy or for patrons. Creates spreadsheets and forms for University Archives. Assists in processing Jenny Lind Porter papers. Works with university departments to transfer archival records to University Archives.

Work performed includes:

Provides reference assistance to library patrons and staff in locating and retrieving materials in Periodicals/Special Collections Unit and in using electronic indexes, the internet and microform reader-scanners. Applies discretion and integrity while working with patrons.

Processes and maintains collections in the University Archives, including accessioning, arrangement, transfer of materials to archival storage containers, and the creation of finding aids, re-shelving, and inventorying items.

Creates spreadsheets and forms relating to University Archives.

Performs basic preservation techniques: basic book repair, minor mending of paper, basic cleaning of materials in University Archives, and removal of staples, pins and paperclips.

Interviews, trains and supervises student assistants when needed.
Supervises and works with student worker or library assistant to process Jenny Lind Porter papers.

Scans materials on Kic Scanner and desk top scanner for patrons, preservation use copy, and online exhibits.

Maintains and designs web pages for University Archives.

Assists with preparation of exhibits in Frank M Blackburn Room, the Texas Poets’ Corner and online exhibits.

Works with university departments to transfer archival records to University Archives.

Serves as an integral part of the coffee shop committee, which includes working a regular shift in the library’s coffee shop when needed.

Other duties as assigned.

Necessary Qualifications

High School Diploma, GED or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Three years of experience in a library, museum or archives with arrangement, preservation and rehousing of personal papers, manuscripts or institutional records in all formats.

If interviewed, standardized skills testing will be required.

Ability to move medium to heavy weight boxes of papers or books and book carts loaded with books. Ability to move items from the floor to eight foot shelves. Ability to handle material which can contain dust or microscopic mold spores.

Ability to set priorities, manage work, and meet deadlines independently and collaboratively with library colleagues and university departments.

Proficiency in using software including: Photoshop and Microsoft Suite (specifically Word and Excel).

Demonstrated experience with digital scanning and manipulation of digital documents.

Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.

Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail and accuracy.

Passion for the study of history.

Ability to work effectively with and provide customer service for a diverse community of users.

Minimum Skills Required Special Testing
Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree.

Experience with description of personal papers, manuscripts of institutional papers in all formats.

Experience working with college or university records in all formats.

Knowledge of HTML and web design considered a plus.

Demonstrated interest in regional history.

Supervisory experience.

Prior customer service experience.

Familiarity with historical methods or other qualitative research methods.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Application review will begin June 26, 2017.

The start date for this position is September 1, 2017.

Applicants must upload cover letter and resume when applying.

A criminal history report will be obtained on position finalists.

Texas law requires that males age 18 through 25 be properly registered with the Selective Service System in order to be eligible for employment.

West Texas A&M University is an Equal Opportunity/Male/Female/Veterans/Disability Employer.

Pay Rate $22,716
Pay Basis Annually
Job Category Technical/ Para-Professional
Job Type Full-Time

Posting Detail Information

Open Date 06/01/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents