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Institution Archivist, MBLWHOI Library/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Falmouth)


The Archivist acquires, accessions, arranges, catalogs, preserves and makes accessible the contents of the WHOI Archives. With little supervision, works creatively and independently to establish objectives and meet deadlines by demonstrating full competency in one or more areas of information systems as well as developing appropriate solutions to increase access to information.


Utilizing current standards and technologies, appraise, describe, arrange, preserve and make accessible print and electronic materials in the WHOI Archives. Exercises creativity regarding adaptations or modifications to policies and procedures to ensure appropriate access to collections.
-Utilizing current standards and technologies, prepares finding aids and Encoded Archival Description (EAD) documents to implement online access and improve search capabilities for archive collections.
-Provide reference assistance, retrieve items/information for patrons. Work one on one with scientists to assess potential donations.
-Develop and promote records management policies, participates in writing reports and documentation of archival procedures and policies.
-Maintain DLA image collection in Institution image management system including working with staff and volunteers on scanning, image loading, and metadata.
-Responds to reference requests from patrons relating to access to scientific data.
-Serves as backup to Data/Systems Librarian for adding newly accessioned ship’s research data to server.


As deemed necessary by supervisor


Ph.D. in a related field, or Master's in a related field with several years of relevant experience, or Bachelor's in a related field with more than five years of experience. In the absence of a formal degree, considerable equivalent work experience is required. Successful candidates will have demonstrated the technical skill, motivation, independence, and creativity necessary to complete difficult tasks.

MLS, CA or CRM and experience in archives preferred.

Full/Part Time

Full Time




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2019-07-08 |  Quick link to this job