Friday, January 17, 2014

Columbia University: Project Archivist (Temporary 18-month Appointment)

The Columbia University Libraries seek a Project Archivist to archive film programs, and ephemera from the Makino Mamoru Collection on East Asian Film and to complete an online finding aid for the entire collection. 

Material processing will follow standard practice using the Society of American Archivists’ Arranging and Describing Archives and Manuscripts (2005), Describing Archives: A Content Standard (2004), as well as Columbia’s local practices. The archivist will follow the arrangement of the collection drafted by the previous archivist who worked on the parts processed to date, will conduct relevant research on the programs, evaluate their organization in the arrangement, perform physical processing and preparation for our offsite storage facility by coordinating the transfer of boxes, provide reference services, and perform outreach, including writing blog posts, updating the web page, giving presentations, cooperating on public programs, train and supervise one or two graduate student helper(s), and create a standard MARC record and finding aid using EAD following the RLG Best Practice Guidelines for Encoded Archival Description (2002).

This is a temporary grant-funded 18-month appointment with the possibility of extension with a proposed start date of April 1, 2014. The appointment can be for a 9, 10 or 11-month appointment but the project must be completed by the grant’s end date of December 31, 2016.

Minimum qualifications:
- MLS or MA in Archival Management or equivalent
- Thorough knowledge of archival standards
- Advanced ability to read and write Japanese and strong verbal skills in Japanese
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to work efficiently and meet project goals and deadlines

Preferred qualifications:
- Advanced degree in an East Asian Studies discipline
- Familiarity with Japanese and East Asian Film Studies
- Experience managing archival digital projects
- Knowledge of research processes in archival sources
- Familiarity with cataloging principles

For immediate consideration please apply on-line at:

The C.V. Starr East Asian Library is one of the major collections for the study of East Asia in the United States with over 1 million volumes/pieces of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, and Western language materials and over 8,500 periodical titles.

One of the world's leading research universities, Columbia provides outstanding opportunities to work and grow in a unique intellectual community. Set in the Morningside Heights academic village, Columbia also presents the unmatched dynamism, diversity and cultural richness of New York City. The University Libraries, grounded in collections of remarkable depth and breadth, are also building extensive electronic resources and services. The Libraries at Columbia are committed to collegiality, professionalism, innovation and leadership.

We offer a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience and excellent benefits. 

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Ria Koopmans-de Bruijn
Head of Public Services / East Asian Studies Librarian
C. V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University
310 Kent Hall, Mailcode 3901, New York, NY 10027
Phone: 212-854-1505 Fax: 212-662-6286 email: