Processing Archivist - Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts

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Berklee College of Music

Boston, Massachusetts

United States


Detailed Job Description

Under the general Supervision of the Archivist, the Processing Archivist is responsible for the organization of the current college archives into a user-orientated facility. The Processing Archivist provides administrative support by scheduling students/patrons and assisting in the transfer of archival materials. Additionally the Processing Archivist will keep processing plans on track and ensure consistent output of newly accessible materials in a variety of formats.


  • Accession incoming donations or transfers in a variety of formats using Archivists' Toolkit or other CMS
  • Hire, train, schedule, supervise, and develop projects for student assistants in conjunction with archivist
  • Appraise and weed accessions in a variety of formats
  • Arrange and describe archival collections in a variety of formats, including digital and audiovisual formats
  • Draft processing plans and manage their completion
  • Write and encode finding aids for archival materials in a variety of formats, including audiovisual and digital materials
  • Assist with scheduling patron appointments and transfer of materials to/from off-site storage
  • Contribute to special projects as assigned
  • Assist with patron requests and visits

Required Skills

  • Strong organizational skills & attention to detail
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively plan, manage, and complete complex projects
  • Flexibility & ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Demonstrated user-oriented approach to service
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds, stoop and reach in a variety of physical locations
  • Potentially some evening hours
  • Proven ability to work & lead effectively in a highly diverse campus community

Required Experience

  • Masters in Information/Library Science or related degree from an accredited institution.
  • Working knowledge of relevant descriptive and encoding metadata standards: EAD, MARC, DACS, Dublin Core, MODS
  • Experience with and knowledge of Apple IOS, Google Applications, Archivists’ Toolkit (or other archives CMS), and basic office applications
  • Demonstrated experience in an academic archives / previous processing experience
  • Valid US driver's license


  • Undergraduate degree in music or relevant musical background
  • Formal archival education and/or demonstrated knowledge of best practices for audiovisual preservation and/or digital preservation
  • Supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated experience with minimal processing (MPLP)
  • Experience working with born-digital materials

Berklee College of Music is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths in this area.

Keyword Phrases

  • Processing Archivist
  • Learning lab for the music of today
  • Cultivating the musicianship of all students
  • Holistic and constantly evolving diversity
  • Libraries
  • Other Administrative
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: See Job Description
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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