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    This position is located in the Archive Of Folk Culture,  American Folklife Center, Special Collections Directorate, Library Services.

    The position description number for this position is 368552.

    The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

    The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.

    This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

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    This archivist position is located in the American Folklife Center, Special Collections Directorate, Library Services. The incumbent is responsible for the organization and description of multi-format ethnographic collections and possesses an understanding of scholarly research and documentary practices in folklife, ethnomusicology, documentary studies, oral history and/or other related subject areas. The work requires preliminary analysis of the documentation systems and practices of the originating organization or individual whose documentary materials are being processed. The incumbent evaluates the significance of archival material in its cultural and historical context to help create a plan of arrangement and description. The archivist also exercises initiative on special assignments requiring knowledge of archival procedures and subject matter.

    Helps direct the work of technicians and interns in processing collections. Instructs other staff in processing, monitors and reviews their work for productivity and accuracy. Consults with collection curators and relevant specialists in formulating and implementing processing activities. Provides assessment to management of the scope and quality of work performed by processing technicians, interns, and other team members. Maintains technical expertise in emerging technologies and implements tools to facilitate the creation and publication of finding aids and other descriptive information online. Trains division staff in evolving technologies.

    Works to maintain personal contacts and cooperative work relationships in order to provide or exchange information. Coordinates as necessary with collection curators and staff in AFC and other divisions relating to the transmission, handling, description, and storage of division material housed off-site or transferred elsewhere.

    Attends workshops, conferences, seminars, or meetings in librarianship and other relevant fields for the purpose of training and professional development. Displays knowledge of collections in the Library. Presents information to groups and individuals with a similar understanding of the subject. Orients visitors and helps conduct tours.

    Surveys internal collections to identify and inventory groups of materials for preservation and physical security. Follows prescribed specifications and procedures in preserving original material and reproducing originals for preservation. Monitors the quality and consistency of preservation methods and output. Monitors and coordinates procedures for routing materials for preservation treatment and for preparation of new materials to be added to the collections.

    Serves as a resource in the development of overall preservation program policies and goals. Helps promote collection security by recommending and implementing improved methods of manually or electronically marking and labeling collections.

    Provides information in response to reference service requests that require research among several record groups to locate the information. Assists scholars and researchers in finding significant records relating to the subject under consideration and advises them of relevant records in the division and Library. Assists readers in the division’s public Reading Room during regular desk shifts.

    Performs other related duties as assigned.

    Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1420 Archivist

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