Black Film Center/Archive seeks Archivist

Thursday, June 5, 2014

11247 - Archivist, Communication and Culture

The Indiana University Black Film Center/Archive (BFCA) seeks qualified candidates for the position of Archivist. Reporting to the Archivist and Head of Public and Technology Services, the primary role of the Archivist is to process and provide intellectual access to the archival and manuscript collections of the Black Film Center/Archive. The principal responsibilities of the Archivist will be to arrange and describe archival and manuscript collections in all formats; prepare and encode finding aids and other descriptive access tools; provide research and reference assistance; participate in outreach activities; prepare materials for preservation and digitization; and participate in the training and supervision of student employees.

Mary Perry Smith
Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame co-founder Mary Perry Smith, 1974. | Courtesy of Black Film Center/Archive, Indiana University Bloomington.

Perry Smith donated a large collection to IU's Black Film Center/Archive.

Arranges, describes, and catalogs archival and manuscript collections in all formats. Contributes to the development and implementation of strategies and programs for processing and making available collections in all formats. Prepares finding aids, guides, and other descriptive access tools, including the creation of EAD-encoded finding aids in consultation with the Archivist and Head of Public and Technology Services. Assures appropriate physical housing and storage of collections; identifies items for preservation. Provides research and reference assistance to users of the archive on-site, and responds to queries by phone and email. Participates in conducting tours, workshops, and presentations on the BFCA and its collections. Participates in developing and providing support for public programming and outreach activities of the BFCA.

Contributes to online and print publications of the archive. Assists with the processing and physical workflows for preparing audio and video materials for preservation and digitization. Participates in grant writing and reporting. Serves on committees and working groups as appropriate. Maintains and develops knowledge of current developments in archival processing, metadata standards, and preservation. Contributes to BFCA goals. Participates in the selection, training, and supervision of Graduate Assistants, student hourly employees, and volunteers.

Qualifications: Review your qualifications prior to applying to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. Resume and cover letter required.

REQUIRED: MLS from an ALA-accredited institution with coursework in Archives or MA in Archive Studies and two years of relevant work experience in a library, archives, or manuscript repository.

Ability to conceptualize and organize large archival collections in diverse formats, including audiovisual materials. Proficiency in the use and application of library and archival descriptive and content standards, including DACS and EAD. Experience with XML authoring tools and web publishing platforms. Excellent writing, communication, and interpersonal skills. Ability to set priorities, manages work, and meets deadlines independently and collaboratively. Ability to work with colleagues across units and departments in a rapidly changing environment on a variety of simultaneous workflows. Must be able to establish and maintain collegial working relationships with faculty, staff, and students.

Other information: The Black Film Center/Archive was established at Indiana University Bloomington in 1981 as the first archival repository dedicated to collecting, preserving, and making available historically and culturally significant films by and about Black people. The BFCA’s mission today encompasses within its scope films of Africa and the Diaspora. The BFCA’s primary objectives are to promote scholarship on Black film and to serve as an open resource for scholars, researchers, students, and the general public; to curate and exhibit Black film, ephemera, and memorabilia; to encourage and promote creative film activity by independent Black filmmakers; and to undertake and support research on the history, impact, theory, and aesthetics of Black film traditions.

Applications accepted until June 26, 2014, or until position is filled. Apply through Jobs@IU Online Application, job number 11247.