Librarian/Archivist I

Massachusetts, United States
06 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Part Time

Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

LIBRARIAN/ARCHIVIST I, Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) (part-time, 50%), to review the contents of items currently stored in the five ACT Archives and Special Collections; conduct the research needed to become a subject matter expert in the history of art-science-technology initiatives at MIT; develop an approach to organizing physical and digital collection materials and execute the plan, relying heavily on student and occasional resources; and identify and apply for grants that would support the ongoing development and maintenance of the collections. In addition to collection management, will also be responsible for cataloging and metadata entry for digital collections; responding to reference and research requests; facilitating the licensing of MIT-owned materials for external use; curating an online digital collection interface; exploring new opportunities and technologies for representing digital assets; and consulting on information management plans for ACT, including documentation of artistic research and production.  

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  master’s degree in library science or library and information studies from an ALA-accredited graduate school; at least one year of archive experience; knowledge of information technology applications and of descriptive metadata and cataloging standards (EAD, DACS, Dublin Core and VRA Core a plus); ability to work independently, establish collaborative relationships, collaborate effectively with others, and supervise/manage the work of interns/students; familiarity with copyright law; experience with digital asset management; excellent writing, communication, and public speaking skills; and ability to lift 40lb. boxes.  Project management skills a plus; familiarity with 20th century experimental art, especially art-science-technology (transdisciplinary) projects; and experience with emerging image display technologies, particularly the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) would be a plus.  Job #16682-O

Schedule to be determined.

This is a temporary, one-year appointment.


MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.