The Assistant Archivist is responsible for performing beginning level professional archival work within the Douglas County History Research Center (DCHRC). This position develops intermediate archival skills working with the collection performing professional, public, and technical services. Answers reference questions concerning local history and Colorado history. Work is performed under general supervision.
Examples of Duties:
•Performs collection processing, writing Finding Aids, completes catalog worksheets, and performs preservation/conservation tasks within the DCHRC Collection.
•Arranges for photo copying of requested materials. May provide in-person, mail, telephone and online local history reference assistance to patrons and library staff.
•Maintains and develops current working knowledge of conservation, preservation, and archival practices, through personal study, workshops, and/or professional organizations.
•Attends meetings of local historical societies and participates in Rocky Mountain regional archival professional organizations. Gathers information which may prove useful to reference librarians and patrons conducting local history research.
•May be asked to promote awareness of preservation/conservation practices to staff and public by providing information and instruction.
•May conduct individual and group tours of the DCHRC for patrons and staff, when required.
•Creates positive experiences for library patrons by effectively and efficiently performing job tasks; presents a positive image of the library in attitude, communications and appearance while performing duties in both the public and staff areas.
•Demonstrates a professional, positive, cooperative, team-oriented working relationship with staff, co-workers, and volunteers.
•Stays current on DCL policies, processes, procedures and technologies required to perform work duties.
•Promotes DCL’s culture of safety by following library safety policy guidelines and safety rules. Practices effective personal and branch safety.
•Performs other work duties as assigned.
The pioneer spirit, accompanied by the beauty of the mountains, foothills and plains, is gloriously evident in Douglas County. The County’s strength, as the centerpiece of the Denver/Colorado Springs development corridor, is a perfect blend of quality lifestyle and business environment. Through engagement, education, and entertainment, Douglas County Libraries transforms lives and builds community, and is a passionate advocate for literacy and lifelong learning. Douglas County Libraries, **USA's #1 Library (Hennen American Public Library Ratings, 2009, 2010),** is a major contributor as to why Douglas County has been nationally recognized as a great place to live, work and raise a family.
•Education: Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree preferred in History, Archives, Library Science or related field.
•Experience: One to two years previous experience in archives, special collections, preservation/ conservation or related archival work.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
2 years of professional experience preferred
2 years of library experience preferred
Spanish is Not Required
English is Required
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
•A beginning level working knowledge of acquisition, preservation, storage and retrieval or archival materials is required.
•Knowledge of digital preservation, digital imaging and scanning technology is required.
•Ability to learn and operate library automated system with high degree of efficiency is required.
•Must be meticulous, detail-oriented and accurate in clerical skills, including typing and filing.
•Ability to take direction is required.
•Must demonstrate a positive attitude and cooperate with library staff, patrons, and donors.
•Requires a strong ability to accurately focus and record details of archival materials being processed or retrieved within the DCHRC. Must have strong desire to work towards the preservation of historical materials.
•Must have the ability to learn and become proficient in skill, functions and technology required to perform job duties, working effectively independently or as part of a team to complete tasks as assigned.
•Must communicate effectively using English. Must read, write and understand English at a level appropriate to the position.
•Computer Skills: Must demonstrate proficiency in computer use including internet, email, Microsoft Office Products (or equivalent) and Photoshop. Keyboard skills required at an equivalent of typing 50 words per minute with minimal errors. Must be able to learn and become proficient with equipment and software programs as required to effectively and efficiently perform assigned duties.
• Physical Abilities: Must have the physical ability, stamina, mobility and manual dexterity to: Stand, walk, bend to floor level, reach to a height over 70 inches, read a minimum 8 point font, and work at computer workstations, frequently. Handle materials, push/pull loads with a force of up to 35 pounds, carry 15 pounds, lift up to 35 pounds, grip up to 15 pounds, kneel, squat and climb, on a regular basis. On a limited basis, tolerate residual smoke, dust, mold or foreign substances on materials.
Apply via our online application system at DouglasCountyLibraries.org. Hand delivered, mailed or emailed applications and resumes will not be accepted. EOE.
Work is generally performed in an office and library environment, on multiple workstations, tasks, software programs and projects. Work requires regular physical activity, close visual work, and computer use; with limited exposure to moderate noise levels, regular exposure to residual dirt, dust, chemicals, mold or foreign substances. Work involves regular interaction with customers and staff, with some exposure to behavior issues, and may require limited travel. May require varied work hours, including weekends and evenings, which may change periodically.
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