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Bard College


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The Center for Curatorial Studies and Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College, 90 miles north of New York City in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, seeks a full-time Archivist to support an active graduate research center.  The CCS Bard Library and Archives is one of the few academic research centers in the United States established and dedicated to the research and curricular needs of graduate level study in curatorial studies and art in contemporary culture.  The CCS Bard Library and Archives serve as the primary research center for students enrolled in the CCS Bard MA program in curatorial studies, while also serving as the primary fine arts library on the Bard College campus.  The library and archives are open to the Bard community, as well as scholars and researchers from other institutions throughout the United States and abroad conducting original advanced research in the contemporary arts.  For additional information about CCS Bard, please consult our website at

Position Description:

Reporting to the Director of Library & Archives, the CCS Bard Archivist will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the CCS Bard Archives.  Responsibilities include archives processing (arranging, describing, re-housing, and select reformatting) of archival materials in all formats (paper, photographic, electronic, audiovisual, etc.) according to current standards including the creation of processing plans, DACS-compliant EAD finding aids, and collection-level MARC records.  The CCS Bard Archivist also assists with providing online and in-house reference services for students, faculty and outside researchers; scheduling and supervising onsite research appointments; and working with vendors in preservation reformatting projects.  Additional responsibilities include participation in documentation activities for CCS Bard exhibitions and performances, and participation in instructional teaching and outreach programs. Other responsibilities may include:  supervision of non-professional staff and student workers providing support with daily operations and special projects, and the production of periodic updates and enhancements of the CCS Bard Library and Archives website. 

Qualifications (Required):

MLS or MLIS from an ALA accredited library or information science program with a concentration in archives.

Subject area expertise or educational background in the contemporary visual arts or related field.

Demonstrated ability to apply standard archival techniques in the appraisal, arrangement, and description of archival records, including the creation of finding aids using Archives Space.

Working knowledge of archival description standards and cataloging standards such as DACS, EAD, VRA and Dublin Core, MARC 21, and LCSH.

2 years of archival processing experience.

Familiarity with the preservation best practices for analog audio-visual formats.

Experience working with born-digital materials.

Proven commitment to public service within an educational research environment.

Demonstrated initiative, attention to detail, judgment, and ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.

Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to communicate with a diverse community.

Must be able to lift up to 40 lb. boxes.

Qualifications (Preferred):

Familiarity with gallery records, and museum collection management practices.

Familiarity with HTML, XML and CSS for web updates.

Understanding of trends affecting archives, and materials in digital and electronic formats.

Demonstrated ability to learn and master new and legacy systems quickly.

Knowledge of trends and issues in higher education including digitization and institutional repositories in an academic environment.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume and the names of three references through at:

Salary & Benefits:

 The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College offers a competitive salary and excellent medical, dental, and retirement plan coverage. 

Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity.

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