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Archivist for Digital Collections

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Curtis Institute of Music Expired
Philadelphia, USA

The Curtis Institute of Music seeks a full-time Archivist for Digital Collections who will join a growing and energized team of archivists and librarians in the Milton L. Rock Resource Center on our campus in historic Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia.

Reporting to the Senior Archivist, the Archivist for Digital Collections work independently and jointly on projects and will contribute to a flexible, welcoming, and collaborative workplace in which good communication and interpersonal skills are highly valued.


Curtis will celebrate its Centenary in 2024-2025, which will provide exciting opportunities for archivists to educate students, faculty, staff, and the extended community about the history of Curtis, while furthering the Rock Resource Center’s goals in archival preservation and management.

Because of Curtis’s relatively small size as an institution, the Archivist will have opportunities to contribute to a number of professional responsibilities, including:

  • Process, preserve, arrange, and describe born-digital and physical collections
  • Prioritize collections for digitization
  • Populate the digital collections in our asset management system
  • Provide access to research materials for remote and in-person patron requests
  • Support Curtis marketing and communications departments by providing access to digital and physical archival materials
  • Maintain the Curtis archives social media accounts and blog
  • Assist with community outreach projects
  • Contribute to Curtis publications
  • Collaborate with faculty to introduce the archives to students
  • Archive Curtis’s website and relevant web content
  • Apply best practices for the creation of metadata and standard vocabularies for maintaining archives catalogs and public user interfaces
  • Other duties as assigned
Curtis welcomes applications from people with a wide variety of experience and backgrounds, who are eager to work hard, learn, and contribute.

Required Qualifications

  • MLIS or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited degree program and/or archivist certification, or demonstrated comparable skills
  • At least two years of experience working in an archives
  • Working familiarity with archival software systems and/or databases
  • A commitment to professional development through conferences, coursework, and additional certifications
  • A commitment to the highest standards of professional integrity
Preferred Qualifications

  • Subject knowledge in music and/or Philadelphia history
  • Experience working in an institution of higher learning or comparable cultural institution
  • Familiarity with archives systems such as Preservica, ArchivesSpace, and ContentDM
The ideal candidate must exhibit:

  • A positive, “can-do” attitude.
  • Devotion and dedication to Curtis, its students, alumni, and parents.
  • Passion for their work, and contribution to the field and greater good.
  • Commitment and accountability for their work, and their ability to effect change.
  • Desire and willingness to collaborate, think creatively, and make data-driven decisions.
  • Respect, courtesy, and patience for colleagues, other staff, faculty, patrons, core constituents, and volunteers.
  • An eagerness to make Curtis a more diverse and inclusive institution.

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Employer: Curtis Institute of Music (@curtisinstlib)
Location: Philadelphia, USA
Posted Date: 09/11/2023
Expiry Date: 09/03/2024
Type: Full-Time
Categories: Librarian / Information Professional / Archivist, Metadata / Taxonomy Designer
Ref: DN-JB-1518
Added by: DAM News Administrator
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