Based out of the Connecticut State Library, the Traveling Archivists will assist with a National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) State Board Programming grant and an Institute of Museum and Library Services Sparks grant. This is a part-time contracted position, with travel within Connecticut, over a two-year period, with a projected start date of March 1. The Traveling Archivist Program is intended to encourage best practices in the management, arrangement, description, preservation, and access of archival collections held in museums, historical societies, archives and libraries in the state. Each Traveling Archivist will be responsible for conducting up to 10 half-day site visits. A candidate must possess a working knowledge of the operations of collecting institutions, and working knowledge of basic archival collections preservation and principles.
Compensation: Each Traveling Archivist is paid per visit upon completion and submission of a report for each site visit. Benefits are not included.
Key duties and responsibilities: Assist in promoting the Traveling Archivist Program (TAP); arrange site visits; encourage and instruct staff and volunteers during site visits in archival best practices, including the development of EAD compliant finding aids and proof-reading them for clarity, consistency and completeness; assist in the creation of forms and hand-outs to assist institutions after the site visit to continue to perform the work in which they received instruction from the Traveling Archivists; prepare a written report for each site visit; conduct a three month follow-up via phone/email; and prepare a final summary report of on-site visits.
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelors degree; strong knowledge of archival principles and practices; experience with current descriptive standards such as EAD and DACS; demonstrated project management skills; knowledge and familiarity of mid-size and emerging cultural heritage institutions; excellent written and verbal communication skills; experience in providing training in archival practices; in-state travel required; must have a car; proficient computer skills required (Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel); 4 years professional experience.
Please mail or email a letter of intent and resume by February 15, 2016 to State Archivist, Lizette Pelletier, CT State Library, 231 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT 06106, FAX: 860-757-6542, Phone: 860-757-6511, Lizette.Pelletier@ct.gov.