Approximate date of posting August 30, 2018
Position: JANE BECK FOLKLIFE FELLOWSHIP—ARCHIVAL FELLOW
Eligibility dissertating doctoral student or recent post-masters/post-doctoral of ALA accredited MLS/MLIS/MAS programs – demonstrated interest in or experience with ethnographic/folklife and multimedia archival collections, folklore studies, ethnomusicology or a related ethnographic field.
For the Archival Fellowship we also welcome applications from recent graduates of ALA accredited MLS/MLIS/MAS programs who have a demonstrated interest in or experience with ethnographic/folklife and multimedia archival collections.
Location: Middlebury, Vermont
Company/Organization Vermont Folklife Center (VFC) Founded in 1984, the Vermont Folklife Center (VFC) is the only organization in the state focused on the documentation, preservation, and presentation of the diverse cultural experiences that make Vermont unique. We are researchers and storytellers concerned with the knowledge of everyday living. We believe the experiential insights of everyday life—those things that might otherwise be overlooked in the historical record or are often simply taken for granted —are in fact the most valuable witness to our senses of identity and community. We celebrate these insights and advocate for their inclusion in conversations around the challenges and opportunities of Vermont’s future.
OUR MISSION is to deepen our understanding of Vermont and the surrounding region; to assure a repository for our collective cultural memory; and to strengthen communities by building connections among the diverse peoples of Vermont.
Schedule/Hours Part-time 25 hour-a-week
Time Frame position beginning January 2019- one-year terminal position
Compensation: stipend of $30,000
Description: Duties and Responsibilities of the Archival Fellow:
- Work with Archivist and Assistant Archivist to manage the day-to-day functions of the VFC Archive
- Assist patrons with access to the collection
- Document and describe collection materials using MS Access and ArchiveSpace databases
- Edit existing—and generate new—online collections using Omeka
- Oversee ongoing digital preservation activities
- Oversee reorganization of archival storage vault
- Participate in weekly staff meetings
- Maintain a flexible and open-minded attitude to the evolving nature of non-profit work and take on other tasks as requested by the Archivist.
- Based on organizational need and the skills of the Fellow, opportunities to engage in ethnographic fieldwork, media production, exhibit development and public programming may arise
- Working knowledge of archival descriptive and common metadata standards. Familiarity with ArchiveSpace, MS Access, and Omeka database systems. Competency with common office software (e.g. MS Word, Excel, Google Apps), and computer operating systems (Windows, Mac OS). Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and participate in consensus-based decision making. Willingness and capacity to take initiative and work independently. Demonstrated productivity, creativity and attention to detail.
- Additional Useful Skills:
Awareness of preservation and descriptive approaches for audio-visual materials. Familiarity with analog and digital audio recording and playback equipment. Familiarity with digital audio software. Reading knowledge of French. Skills in PHP, CSS and MySQL.
How to Apply: Submit cover letter and CV. Cover letter should include the names and contact information for two references who can speak specifically to applicant’s archival experience. Please include “Jane Beck Folklife Fellowship Application” in the subject line.
Deadline: September 15, 2018.