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Assistant Archivist, Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, Lexington, MA


Under the direction of the Museum’s Archivist, the Assistant Archivist uses established
archival standards and local best practices to enhance access to the collection. The
position will be responsible for:

  • Accessioning, processing, arrangement, and description of both paper-based and
    digital records
  • Conducting basic archival preservation activities
  • Creating and enhancing records in ArchivesSpace, the archives’ collection catalog
  • Digitizing or learning how to digitize archival material and recording technical, item,
    and structural metadata as necessary
  • Exporting records in Dublin Core to the library’s Omeka website
  • Creating finding aids in DACS
  • Assisting in research services

Additionally, the Assistant Archivist may also assist in the mentoring and instruction of student interns/volunteers and write articles for the museum’s blog and social media outlets. Finally, and most importantly, the selected candidate must possess a desire to learn about Freemasonry and fraternalism in the context of American history. Other duties may be assigned as necessary. The Library and Archives hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Library & Archives is also open one Saturday per month. This is a part-time position. $22/hour for 20 hours a week (no benefits). Start date for this position is between November 15, 2023 and January 15, 2024.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Actively enrolled in a Master of Library and Information Science degree program or a
    similar degree program or possess relevant archival experience. Recent LIS graduates
    are also encouraged to apply.
  • Strong verbal and writing skills
  • Ability to read script (cursive) handwriting
  • Ability to take direction and accept constructive feedback
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Strong sense of responsibility and confidentiality
  • Ability to lift archival boxes up to 40 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of DACS, Dublin Core, and LCSH is preferred but not necessary
  • Experience with ArchivesSpace,, and Adobe Photoshop preferred, but not
  • French language skills a plus, but not essential

To Apply:

Please email a resume and a letter describing your interest in this position to:
Jeffrey Croteau
Director of Library & Archives
Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library
33 Marrett Road
Lexington, MA 02421-5703
Email: [email protected]