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FW: Archivist and Digital Collections Curator, University of the Arts- Philadelphia, PA

  • 1.  FW: Archivist and Digital Collections Curator, University of the Arts- Philadelphia, PA

    Posted 11-21-2019 15:42

    Archivist and Digital Collections Curator, University of the Arts- Philadelphia, PA

    JOB TITLE: Archivist and Digital Collections Curator
    DEPARTMENT: University Libraries
    REPORTS TO: Director for Library Operations

    SUMMARY: The Archivist and Digital Collections Curator organizes and preserves materials that tell the story of the University of the Arts. They oversee, plan, and conduct development, maintenance, and implementation of procedures for archival processing and organization of the University Archives, including digital projects. They develop and implement policies and procedures for the organization and preservation of the intellectual and artistic output of the University, through the UArts Digital Collections institutional repository.

    Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

    ·         Appraises, acquires, accessions, describes, arranges, surveys, and preserves permanent records in the University Archives to accepted archival standards.

    ·         Keeps Director for Library Services informed of priorities for inventory and processing.

    ·         Creates finding aids for archival collections.

    ·         Ensures compliance with the university's Records Retention Policy.

    ·         Records statistics and maintains monthly statistical reports.

    ·         Appraises, acquires, describes, organizes, and preserves items in the UArts Digital Collections to accepted digital stewardship standards.

    ·         Collaborates with academic and administrative departments to identify materials for preservation and to aid departments' internal organization efforts.

    ·         Keeps Director for Library Operations informed of priorities for digitization and processing.

    ·         Serves on the Digital Collections Group (DCG) library committee

    ·         Creates online exhibits of institutional repository and digitized archival materials.

    ·         Records statistics and maintains monthly statistical reports.

    ·         Answers UArts history and archival questions; adds archival material to University Libraries social media accounts.

    ·         Assists academic and administrative departments in identifying and using archival and institutional repository material.

    ·         Participates in the Libraries' instructional program.

    ·         Provides reference assistance.

    ·         Provides coverage of the circulation desk as needed or at regularly scheduled shifts.

    ·         Provides instruction and assistance in the use of collections and equipment.

    ·         Supervises student assistants doing data entry and processing.


    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do not purport to describe all functions. Incumbent may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may change from time to time as necessary.

    Education & Experience:

    ·         ALA-accredited master's degree in library or information science. Coursework or equivalent training in archives management.

    ·         At least one year of experience in organizing and describing archival records and one year of experience in digital stewardship.

    ·         Knowledge of visual or performing arts gained through performance or study is preferred.

    ·         Knowledge of standards and best practices in archives management and digital stewardship is required.

    ·         Experience creating and editing records in archival content management and institutional repository systems is required.

    ·         Experience creating online exhibits or other web-based presentation of materials is preferred.

    ·         Knowledge of and experience in processing of archival materials and creation of finding aids is required.

    ·         Ability to bend and repeatedly reach for and lift boxes or volumes weighing up to 40 lbs is required.

    ·         Ability to work effectively, independently, and collaboratively is required.

    ·         Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking, are required.


    ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: University of the Arts mission is simple: to advance human creativity.  A leader in developing visual and performing artists and designers, University of the Arts has educated generations of innovative artists, performers, designers and creative leaders since 1876.  UArts believes creativity is the most essential skill for success in today's society.  After being granted university status in 1987, University of the Arts became the largest institution of its kind in the nation, offering programs in design, fine arts, media arts, crafts, music, dance, theater and writing.  It now features 30 undergraduate arts majors, 30 minors, 15 graduate programs, and the nation's first PhD program in Creativity. UArts is home to innovative centers across disciplines, including the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, and the new Center for Immersive Media launching in November 2019.  Our nearly 1,900 students study and create on our campus in the heart of Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts, the city's cultural center, within walking distance of hundreds of galleries, museums, theaters and other performing arts venues. Learn more about UArts.

    TO APPLY: Interested, qualified applicants should submit letters of application and resumes to the Human Resources Department via email to Please ensure job title is in the Subject line.

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