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Processing Archivist for College Histories, Bryn Mawr College, (Bryn Mawr, PA)


The Processing Archivist for College Historiesis a three-year term-limited position at Bryn Mawr College Special Collections, a team-based department within Library and Information Technology Services (LITS). The Processing Archivist will be responsible for processing, preserving, and providing access to notable personal papers, organizational archives, photographs, and memorabilia held in College Archives. The position will report directly to the College Archivist and work in close collaboration with the Digital Collections and Metadata Librarian, as well as other Special Collections staff and student staff.

The Processing Archivist will employ nationally recognized archival principles, standards, and best practices to ensure the long-term accessibility and usability of the College’s collections. The position will arrange and describe collections using appropriate name and subject authority headings and utilize efficient processing methods.

In addition, they will assist in College history initiatives and the department’s outreach to students, staff, faculty, alumnae/i, and the public. They will have opportunities to contribute articles to Mirabile Dictu and the Alumnae Bulletin, create compelling social media posts, and present archival discoveries at Friday Finds events. Will participate in staff meetings and have ongoing opportunities for professional development. May train student staff and mentor students in project work.

The purpose of the Processing Archivist for College Histories is three-fold: 1. To offer career development and advancement for library and archives professionals with less than 3 years of professional experience; 2. To strategically address a significant backlog of unprocessed materials at Bryn Mawr College and develop a workflow for incoming collections; 3. To open up more primary source materials for student learning and for discovery by outside researchers on topics around College histories, including, e.g., the archives of the Self-Government Association, the first and longest-running self-governance student organization in the U.S.; the papers of physics professor emeritus Walter C. Michels, a U.S. government whistleblower in postwar Japan; and the papers of 1905 alumna Hope Emily Allen, a scholar of 14th c. English mystics Richard Rolle and Margery Kempe.

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