Grad Student Position: Condition Survey Assistant

Graduate Student Position: Condition Survey Assistant
2 positions available

Position Description: The Barbara Goldsmith Preservation and Conservation Department in Bobst Library is looking for assistants to help with a library-wide condition survey of the archival collections held at Bobst Library’s special collections repositories. The purpose of the survey is to collect quantitative condition data on all aspects of our collections and the various formats of material housed within them.

Position Duties: Working in a team of two, the Survey Assistant performs duties related to the physical inspection of archival collections held at Bobst Library’s special collections repositories. Assistants will record condition information in an Access database and are responsible for proper handling and care of collections while performing the survey. Assistant must be prepared to lift 40 lb boxes when necessary and work with unique and/or fragile materials.

Qualifications: Graduate students enrolled in NYU programs (including part-time or dual-degree) preferred. Experience surveying archival or special collection material, or experience with other types of surveying and data recording, is preferred but not required. Previous experience doing research or actual work experience in an archival repository is preferred. Ideal candidates are highly motivated and able to focus on the task at hand for an extended length of time. Must be detail-oriented with effective written and verbal communication skills. Exceptional candidates enrolled in NYU undergraduate programs will be considered.

Requirements: Email resume and brief cover letter as *attachments.* Please provide work availability, explain relevant experience and interest in position. Please provide contact information for at least three professional references (can be from non-archives related jobs) at the end of your resume.

Schedule: Beginning Fall 2010 semester. 20 hrs/week maximum.

Compensation: $13/hr

Contact: Jennifer Waxman, Preservation Archivist. Email resumes and cover letter as *attachments* to . Interviews will begin as soon as possible.

Peter J. Wosh
Director, Archives/Public History Program
History Department
New York University
53 Washington Square South
Room 503
New York NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-8601
Fax: (212) 995-4017

Peter Wosh

About Peter Wosh

Professor Wosh directs the program in Archives and Public History at NYU. Professor Wosh’s research has focused primarily on American religion, American institutional cultures, and archival management issues. His background includes work as an archivist in a variety of academic and nonprofit institutions, including: Director of Archives and Library Services, American Bible Society (1989-1994); Archivist/Records Manager, American Bible Society (1984-1989); University Archivist, Seton Hall University (1978-1984). He is the author of Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Records, with Menzi Behrnd-Klodt (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2005); Covenant House: Journey of a Faith-Based Charity (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005); Spreading the Word: The Bible Business in Nineteenth-Century America (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994); The Diocesan Journal of Michael Augustine Corrigan, Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, 1872-1880 (Newark: New Jersey Historical Society, 1987); as well as articles in various archival, historical, and library journals. Professor Wosh’s current research involves editing the published writings of Waldo Gifford Leland, a pioneering archival theoretician, for the Archival Classics series published by the Society of American Archivists.

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