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BFCA Project Archivist (Archivist Assistant) | Indiana University (Bloomington, IN)

  • 09 Oct 2023 7:36 PM
    Message # 13265072
    Jacalyn Pearce (Administrator)

    This is a 3-year NEH-funded full-time position ($40,000-43,000 annual salary) to process the collection of African filmmaking pioneer Paulin S. Vieyra at the Black Film Center & Archive at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. The post is open until filled.

    Department-Specific Responsibilities

    • Processes, organizes, and re-houses a multi-faceted collection of papers, manuscripts, audio, video, equipment, and ephemera.
    • Creates a DACS and MARC compliant finding aid.
    • Accessions collection materials into a long-term storage facility.
    • Performs tasks to support the conservation and preservation of collection materials.
    • Scans paper and photographic collection materials and prepares audiovisual materials for digitization.
    • Communicates with project partners, including, but not limited to the digitization vendor for audiovisual collection materials and IU Libraries staff.
    • Assists with the promotion of the project by writing content for Black Film Center & Archive and/or other publications as well as by participating in public presentations and other promotional activities.
    • Assists with the creation of project reports and the tracking of project progress.
    • Supervises graduate assistants.



    • High school diploma or equivalent (such as HSED or GED)


    • Master of Library & Information Sciences or related degree



    • Proficient written and verbal communication skills
    • Maintains a high degree of professionalism
    • Demonstrated time management and priority setting skills
    • Demonstrates a high commitment to quality
    • Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment
    • Highly thorough and dependable
    • Possesses a high degree of initiative
    • Ability to build strong customer relationships
    • Experience with information systems and web-based applications, such as databases, online search and discovery tools, and cataloging/metadata applications
    • Understanding of the common security protocols related to Internet use and protecting the information privacy of library users


    • Familiarity with finding aids, databases, and/or other archival organizational systems (familiarity with ArchivesSpace and ArcLight)
    • Familiarity with DACS, MARC, EAD, DublinCore, PBCore, and/or other archival cataloging standards
    • Familiarity with guidelines and best practices for the digitization of archival materials, including paper, photographic, film, video, and audio materials
    • Familiarity with best practices in handling and long-term storage of archival materials, including paper, photographic, film, video, and audio materials
    • Experience providing direct and courteous support to students, faculty, staff, and the public
    • Capacity to organize and imagine components and tasks for large-scale projects
    • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and the Adobe Creative Cloud design suite
    • General proficiency in the French language
    • Interest in the history and aesthetics of black film
    • Background in Film Studies, African and/or African Diasporic Studies

    Advertised Salary

    $40,000 to $43,000 annually

    For more information and to apply, please visit this link.

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