The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879, is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. An encyclopedic museum, the Art Institute collects, preserves, and interprets works in every medium from all cultures and historical periods. With a collection of approximately 300,000 art works and artifacts, the museum has particularly strong holdings in Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting, contemporary art, early 20th century European painting and sculpture, Japanese prints, and photography. The museum’s 2009 addition, the Modern Wing, features the latest in green museum technology and 264,000 square feet dedicated to modern and contemporary art, photography, architecture and design, and new museum education facilities. In addition to displaying its permanent collection, the Art Institute mounts more than 30 special exhibitions per year and features lectures, gallery tours, and special performances on a daily basis
This position is expected to last for two years
BASIC FUNCTION: The Special Projects Archivist is responsible for providing physical and intellectual control to the Tigerman McCurry Archive through basic processing activities such as appraisal, arrangement and the creation of detailed EAD finding aids.
Duties and responsibilities may include:
Survey, arrange, process, and provide physical preservation and intellectual access to Tigerman McCurry Archive.
Encode new finding aids in EAD.
Assist in the establishment, organization, creation, and application of metadata for new and existing collections.
Digitize collection items when appropriate.
Assist the Archivist as needed.
Ability to maintain an atmosphere conducive to job productivity and satisfaction where team goals are aligned to meet departmental and institutional objectives.
Ability to establish efficient, realistic work plans that clearly convey the mission and philosophy of the Archives; set priorities; communicate, share, evaluate and measure plans.
Ability to exercise creativity and evaluate results.
The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.
Master’s in Library and Information Science (MLIS) or equivalent degree required. Must include minimum of 6 semester credits of formal academic training in archival practice. Must demonstrate proficiency in archival procedures and understanding of archival principals.
A minimum of 1 year professional archival experience, preferably with a focus on processing.
Accuracy, neatness, reliability, and attention to detail are essential. Must show history of ability to initiate and conclude projects and to work independently.
Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Encoded Archival Description (EAD).
Able to lift 40 pounds; tolerance to dust and molds.