Japanese American Digitization Project Archivist, California State University, Dominguez Hills Foundation

Position Information

The Gerth Archives and Special Collections Department at CSU Dominguez Hills is looking for a full-time Project Archivist/Metadata Cataloger to assist with the California State University Japanese American Digitization Project (CSUJAD). This position will assist the CSUJAD Digital Archivist and report to the Director, Archives and Special Collections. Work will focus on the digitization work and the creation of metadata for historical records. Incumbent may supervise student assistants and interns and participate in other Gerth Archives projects and department work. There may also be some arrangement and description of collections as well as finding aid creation in Archives Space. Performs other duties as assigned. The project will consist of traditional archival re-housing, arrangement, and description including the creation of finding aids for several small collections.

In addition, initial work will focus on enhancing catalog records for CSUJAD partners, selected digitization work with the use of CONTENTdm, finding aid creation through the use of Archives Space and reference work relating to the collection. The incumbent will be asked to contribute articles, blog posts and content on other social media.

This CSUJAD collection consists of small digitized (or to be digitized) archival or photograph collections relating to the history of Japanese Americans during the 20th century including the incarceration era during World War II. The primary goal of the collection is to facilitate research and documentation on Japanese Americans during the 20th century.

This is a 12 month fulltime, non- exempt, benefited position with an hourly rate of $22.00. The Foundation offers a highly attractive benefits program including employer-sponsored health, dental, vision and life insurance, a generous retirement program, sick leave, vacation leave, and paid holidays.

The university offers 43 undergraduate majors and 19 master’s degree areas to nearly 15,000 students with about 1,100 teaching faculty. The CSUDH Library has nearly half a million volumes and e-books along with a host of scholarly databases.  The Archives and Special Collections Department is charged with enhancing access to primary sources. The CSUDH Archives consists of nearly 3,000 linear feet of archival objects (1700s-2000s) as well as 200,000 photographs. The CSUDH Archives and the CSU System Archives (located at CSUDH) has about 240 finding aids in the Online Archives of California.

Archival arrangement and description including the creation of finding aids;
Digitization work and the creation of metadata;
Supervise a project archives assistant, student assistants and interns;
Assist with project partners;
Digitization work with the use of CONTENTdm;
Some finding aid creation through the use of Archives Space;
Reference work relating to the CSUJAD collections;
Contribute articles, blog posts and content on other social media;
Participate in other Gerth Archives projects and department work;
Performs other duties as assigned.
Qualifications / Education:

Bachelors’ degree required. Masters’ degree in Library Science, history or Archival Administration or other related degree preferred. Undergraduate or graduate specialization in history.

Two-years of experience in a library or archival setting. Demonstrated experience with archival best practices, standards and procedures for digital collections. Interest in cataloging printed materials and archival materials. Interest in 20th century Japanese American history.

Experience creating metadata (EAD, MARC, DC) using library and archival descriptive standards (RDA, DACS) and controlled vocabularies (LCSH, LCNAF, AAT); and familiarity with Library Services Platforms (such as Alma).

Strong oral and written communication skills.

Familiarity with scanning, digitization and metadata creation. Familiarity with archival theory and techniques: appraisal, accessioning, arrangement and description. Familiarity with preservation practices, including digitization. Familiarity with office software applications especially Excel as well as archival cataloging software including CONTENTdm and Archives Space. Undergraduate or graduate specialization in history; Experience creating metadata (EAD, MARC, DC) using library and archival descriptive standards (RDA, DACS) and controlled vocabularies (LCSH, LCNAF, AAT).

Ability to lift and move 40-pound containers.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Foundation is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status.

 

Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the Foundation Human Resources Office at (310) 243-1070.

 

E-Verify

This position requires new hire/re-hire employment verification to be processed through the E-Verify program administered by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in partnership with the Social Security Administration.

If hired, the successful candidate will be required to furnish proof that they are legally authorized to work in the United States.

 

Conditions of Employment

Employment at the Foundation is on an at-will basis and can be terminated by either an employee or the Foundation at any time with or without cause or advanced notice. Permanent status can neither be obtained nor granted.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for any position that the CSUDHFoundation deems sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on the potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to the CSUDH Foundation or individuals in the university community. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current employees.

About the CSUDH Foundation

The California State University, Dominguez Hills Foundation was incorporated in 1968 as a partner of the University to provide services and develop and enhance programs that are an integral part of the University’s educational mission. CSU Dominguez Hills is a highly diverse, metropolitan university primarily serving the South Bay area of Los Angeles County. Established in 1960, CSU Dominguez Hills is one of the 23 campuses that comprise the California State University system.

 

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