Environmental Collections Project Archivist, University of California, Berkeley

Environmental Collections Project Archivist – Library
The Bancroft Library
Assistant Librarian
$49,165‐$53,257 per annum

This is a 19-month, temporary full time appointment available starting April 1, 2018 .

The University of California, Berkeley is seeking an Environmental Collections Project Archivist for The Bancroft Library to process eight environmentally‐focused collections as part of a National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) grant funded project. This is a temporary, 19‐month appointment. The successful candidate will have demonstrated skills in arrangement and description of manuscript materials, have demonstrated written and oral communication skills, and have demonstrated proficiency at meeting goals and deadlines.

The Environment

The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at the nation’s premier public university. A highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 30,574 undergraduate students, 11,336 graduate students, and 1,522 faculty. The Library comprises 20 campus libraries, including the Doe/Moffitt Libraries, The Bancroft Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, and numerous subject specialty libraries. With a collection of more than 11 million volumes and a collections budget of over $15 million, the Library offers extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with the collections and build their research skills. Discover more about the Library through our website at http://www.lib.berkeley.edu.

The Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley, is one of the largest and most heavily used libraries of rare materials in the West. Its holdings include more than 690,000 volumes, 175 million manuscript items, 9 million photographs and other pictorial materials, 86,000 microforms, 4.3 million digital files, and 25,000 maps, as well as numerous other categories of unique material. The two largest collections are the Bancroft Collection of Western and Latin Americana and the Rare Books Collection. The archival and rare book
materials of the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life are also part of the Bancroft holdings. Bancroft is home to three research groups: the Oral History Center (formerly the Regional Oral History Office); the Mark Twain Papers; and the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri. The Bancroft Library is an active center of teaching and research. Supporting the programs of about 20 campus departments annually, it mounts a regular series of public exhibitions, roundtable lectures, and open houses. For additional information about The Bancroft Library and its collections. See: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/ libraries/bancroft‐library


The Environmental Collections Project Archivist will be responsible for arranging and describing eight collections documenting the work of various environmental organizations and activists. The Environmental Collections Project Archivist will work under the general supervision of the Head of Archival Processing and will consult with the Curator for Western Americana of The Bancroft Library in processing the collections as needed. The Project Archivist will also work with the Digital Collections Unit to complete Encoded Archival Description (EAD) markup of the finding aid for delivery to the Online Archive of California.

UC Berkeley librarians are expected to participate in library‐wide planning and governance, and work effectively in a shared decision‐making environment. Advancement is based in part upon professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show evidence or promise of such contributions to the Library, campus, UC System, and profession.


Minimum Basic Qualification(s) at time of application:

MLS from an ALA‐accredited institution or equivalent degree, with a specialization in archival studies

Additional Required Qualifications by start date in position:

  • Demonstrated understanding of archival collections and principles of arrangement and description of manuscript materials with a completed finding aid.
  • Experience working with organizational records.
  • Experience working with archival information systems, such as ArchivesSpace.
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency at meeting goals and deadlines.
  • Familiarity with Encoded Archival Description (EAD).
  • Familiarity with MARC data elements.

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous archival project experience.
  • Undergraduate degree in history (especially US or Environmental history).
  • Knowledge of Environmental history and politics.

The UC Berkeley Library is committed to supporting and encouraging a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive and imaginative contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity.

UC professional librarians are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council ‐ American Federation of Teachers (UC‐AFT). This position is in the bargaining unit.

Librarians are entitled to appropriate professional development leave, vacation leave, sick leave, and all other benefits granted to non‐faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits.

This recruitment will remain open until filled.

Submit applications online at http://apptrkr.com/1160936

Applications must include a cover letter detailing a statement of qualifications, curriculum vitae noting degrees and relevant work experience, and the names and contact information of three professional references who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s qualifications for this position. References will only be contacted for individuals under serious consideration.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/ 4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

Send inquiries to:

Susan E. Wong
Director, Library Human Resources
Email: librec@library.berkeley.edu

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