Barnard Archives Graduate Fellowship

Duration: September 2017 – May 30, 2018; possible extension through August 2018 if the Library budget allows.

Compensation: $25/hr, 10 hrs/week (work schedules are flexible); and up to $900.00 each in professional development support.

About the positions:

The Barnard Archives and Special Collections offers two fellowships working under the supervision of the Director and Associate Director of the Archives and Special Collections.

These fellowships will provide hands-on experience in an academic institutional archives and special collections. Material types that the Fellows may work with include institutional papers, manuscripts, photographs, A/V, and born-digital collections inclusive of web archives.

Particular emphasis, this year, will be placed on collections management and processing. In the summer of 2018, the Barnard Archives will move its office and collections into the newly constructed Milstein Center. Collections management and processing work may include:
•paper and digital processing
•assisting on revision of ArchivesSpace documentation
•legacy data cleanup
•usability and accessibility assessments on ArchivesSpace,, and/or

As part of this work, Fellows may expect to arrange, describe, accession and appraise records; digitize collections and create metadata; coordinate and develop instruments for testing usability and accessibility; and carry out preservation strategies.

According to the Fellows’ interests, they may also:
•assist with performing research and reference to both onsite and remote researchers
•create exhibits and digital projects
•gain exposure to and contribute to the development of grant planning
•plan and propose outreach projects such as curricular planning, work with student groups, or assist with workflows for student work deposits into Academic Commons

We also encourage the Fellows to propose and develop a project of their own, and we will work to support those endeavors within our capacity and infrastructural constraints.

The overall structure of the fellowship will be determined by the Fellows in conjunction with the Directors of the Barnard Archives. Other duties may be determined by the Fellows in conjunction with the Directors. It will be the discretion of the Fellows, with the support and guidance of the Directors, to determine what activities within the Barnard Archives are interesting areas for them to explore in terms of their own professional development paths.

Note: As a point of transparency, we anticipate that we will move our office and collections in June of 2018. For much of this fellowship, all of our collections will be located in an off-site, retrievable storage facility.

To Apply:

Apply via the Barnard College Human Resources Posting: The site will require you to create an account, upload a cover letter, resume, and references. In your cover letter, please describe your professional interests, why you are interested in working with the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, and what you might like to accomplish or learn during the fellowship. Address your cover letter to Shannon O’Neill and Martha Tenney.

Applications must be received by: September 8, 2017

Must be currently enrolled in a graduate-level program in archival management or library sciences.

Must be available to work weekdays.

Must make commitment to work, on average, 10 hours of work a week, with time off for Winter and Spring vacation.

Preferred demonstrable skills include: desire to work both collaboratively and independently, excellent organizational, research, and communication skills, and strong attention to detail.

The Barnard Archives and Special Collections highly encourages applicants from groups underrepresented in the archives profession to apply.


2 openings.

Additional Salary Information: Up to $900.00 each in professional development support.

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