Processing Archivist, Computer History Museum

Processing Archivist


Duration: Regular / FTE – 75% / 30 hours per week / Benefits Eligible

Location: Mountain View, CA

Department: Collections & Exhibitions


General Purpose of the Position:
The Processing Archivist has responsibility for describing and arranging text and AV collections, and coordinating requests for reproduction of CHM archival material in support of research and exhibitions.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for processing all text and AV collections according to CHM procedures and metadata standards
  • Responds to and fulfills all external AV requests and internal text requests, and maintains collections management database records regarding inquiries
  • Creates DACS compliant collection level records for all backlogged AV and text material and new donations
  • Establishes processing priorities in consultation with the curatorial staff
  • Drafts finding aids and creates entries in collections management database and publishes records to the OAC
  • Digitizes material as necessary
  • Attends donation review meetings and provides catalog search support
  • Re-houses archives and maintains good storage practices
  • Culls duplicate material and suggests candidates requiring deaccession
  • Provides support for research requests and appraisers as needed including retrieving materials from offsite storage
  • Coordinates purchasing of archival supplies with registrars


Required Background, Experience, and Education:

  • Master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution with formal coursework or training in archival management and theory (a relevant graduate degree with experience working in archives may be substituted for an MLIS)
  • Experience processing textual and non-textual archival collections, such as photographs, audio recordings, and video recordings, and preparing finding aids
  • Demonstrated experience using Archivists’ Toolkit and knowledge of DACS, AACR2, LCSH, MARC, and familiarity with EAD and XML
  • Excellent research, writing, and communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Strong organizational skills with demonstrated initiative to complete projects within deadlines
  • Detail-oriented and ability to be flexible
  • Ability to repeatedly lift and move 40 pound boxes, climb a ladder, and learn to use a pallet jack and drive a scissor lift
  • Staff in this position must travel between multiple locations. Valid CA driver’s license and reliable transportation are required.


Preferred Qualifications, Attributes and Skills

  • In-depth knowledge of efficient processing practices, such as MPLP
  • Experience providing reference services in a research or academic library
  • Experience supervising archival processing assistants, interns, or volunteers
  • Experience using Mimsy XG collections management database
  • Undergraduate degree in history of technology or closely related field

How to Apply

Please send resume, cover letter and contact information for three references to
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