Job Posting: Project Archivist, CHM (Sun Times Processing and Digitization Project)

08 Feb 2019 9:56 AM | Janet Olson (Administrator)

As Chicago’s oldest cultural institution, the Chicago History Museum is the proud custodian of over 23 million objects ranging from presidential artifacts to 60’s couture. Located in this world-class city at the south end of Lincoln Park, this position offers the right candidate an opportunity to share Chicago’s stories with our audiences and visitors. We invite qualified candidates to apply for this temporary (approximately 24 weeks), part-time (approximately 19 hours per week) position.

The Project Archivist will assist Collections staff in the processing and digitization of the Chicago Sun Times images to ensure that materials are discoverable, accessible, and usable in support of the museum’s mission and purpose.

• Process materials in Chicago Sun Times visual materials including the assessment, arrangement, description, re-housing, transport and storage, and disposal or return of archival materials.
• Research and identify priority images for digitization and long-term digital preservation
• Help create EAD encoded finding aid and catalog record content for upload to online public access system 
• Maintain collection records related to all materials processed 
• Create and/or update electronic inventories for tracking processing status.
• Prepare progress reports.
• Valid driver’s license.

• Current enrollment in or completion of MLIS or comparable program (must include completion of archival coursework)
• Knowledge of standard collection management, documentation, and preservation practices and procedures
• Experience processing, handling, and/or researching archival collections in a museum, archive, or library setting, particularly with large collections.
• Experience processing, handling, and/or researching visual materials
• Experience working with databases and data standards, including Encoded Archival Description (EAD) or experience with XML
• Good oral and written communication skills
• Ability to balance multiple tasks/responsibilities/demands for time
• Ability to lift 50 lbs
• Commitment to the mission, values, and programs of the Chicago History Museum

To Apply: Please submit the following as a single document: cover letter including salary history, resume, and 3 work references. Online submissions with incomplete information may not be considered. E/O/E D/V/M/F. No Phone Calls please. Application deadline is March 4, 2019.

Hiring manager is Julie Wroblewski, Senior Archivist

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