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Barron Hilton Archivist for Flight and Space Exploration 
(Assistant or Associate Professor)

Purdue University Libraries seeks an energetic and user-centered professional archivist to manage and develop the Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives of the Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center into an internationally renowned resource documenting and preserving the history of flight and space exploration.

Barron Hilton Archivist for Flight and Space Exploration
(Assistant or Associate Professor)

Purdue University Libraries seeks an energetic and user-centered professional archivist to manage and develop the Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives of the Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center into an internationally renowned resource documenting and preserving the history of flight and space exploration.
The Hilton Archivist is responsible for collection development and programming relating to flight and space exploration in the Research Center, including processing, arrangement, and description, as well as preservation and promotion of collections. The position is a full-time, permanently endowed position made possible with funding from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and Barron Hilton.

In collaboration with the Head of the Archives and Special Collections division, the Hilton Archivist will create a vision, mission, and collecting policy for the Flight and Space Exploration Archives. The Hilton Archivist will work with the Head of the Archives and Special Collections division to identify donors and acquire additional collections relating to the subject area to grow this major collecting initiative.

Working with the Digital Archivist, the Hilton Archivist will create a presence for the Flight and Space Exploration Archives online, including special web pages and online exhibits, to highlight the initiatives, collections, and activities of the Archives.  The Hilton Archivist will promote use of the Flight and Space Exploration Archives through creation of online finding aids, exhibits, lectures, presentations, and other activities. The position will assign basic processing and minor preventive preservation duties to student workers as appropriate.

The Hilton Archivist will collaborate with other faculty and professionals in the division in providing information literacy instruction to classes.  As part of the Archives and Special Collections reference team, the Hilton Archivist will provide reference services to users both in person and virtually.

As a member of the Purdue Libraries faculty the Hilton Archivist must establish a research agenda that results in scholarship that has a tangible impact on the appropriate field.  

Requirements: Master’s degree in Archival Studies, or Master’s degree in Library/Information Science (ALA accredited or equivalent) that includes graduate course work in archival theory and practice. Experience acquiring, processing, and preserving archival materials. Knowledge of archival standards and best practices for archival arrangement and description. Experience creating finding aids according to the DACS standard. Experience creating MARC records for archival materials and encoding finding aids using EAD. Experience selecting and applying controlled vocabularies and name authorities to archival descriptive records. Experience providing reference services in an archives setting. Ability to work independently and as a team member in a dynamic environment and on a variety of simultaneous projects. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. Ability to achieve promotion and tenure.

Desired: Certified by the Academy of Certified Archivists. Knowledge of the history of aeronautics and astronautics. Experience using Archon or Archivists’ Toolkit. Experience designing web pages and creating online exhibits. Experience promoting archives and special collections through presentations. Experience working with donors of rare or archival materials. Experience acquiring archival or rare book materials from dealers. Minimum of two years archival experience, preferably in an academic setting. Familiarity with copyright law and its implications in digitizing collections. Familiarity with issues relating to managing and preserving digital collections.  

Appointment:  Depending upon qualifications, appointment will be at the assistant or associate professor rank.

Salary and benefits: Salary commensurate with experience in the context of Purdue University’s salary structure. Purdue provides a generous fringe benefit package that includes contribution to retirement, health, disability, and life insurance, 22 annual vacation days, and tuition support for employee, children, and spouse/same sex domestic partner.

Application process: To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information of at least three references via email to Julie Musick Hillgrove, Libraries Human Resources Administrator at libhr@purdue.edu .  Please place “Flight Archivist” in the subject line of all emails.  Nominations for the position will be accepted and should be sent to the same email address. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by December 1, 2011. Questions may be directed to Julie Musick Hillgrove at 765-494-2903 or the above email address. A background check will be required for this position.
The full announcement can be viewed at http://www.lib.purdue.edu/admin/hr/career_opportunities/Fight_Archivist.pdf

Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

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