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    Posted: 18/Oct/2019 at 3:27pm
Amherst College invites applications for the position of audit archivist. The audit archivist is a full-time, year-round position, job group and level PT-3. This is a three-year term appointment with the possibility of renewal. Within the last decade, Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, and nationality. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst's students are Pell grant recipients; 45 percent of our students identify as domestic students of color; and 10 percent of our students are international students.The college is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.

Reporting to the faculty director of the college's Center for Russian Culture (ACRC), the audit archivist will conduct a full inventory and appraisal survey of the center's collections. This inventory and survey will track the provenance and reconstruct the custodial history of the collections. Based on the survey results, the audit archivist will make recommendations for the prioritization of collections processing, identify collections of uncertain provenance, and identify preservation and copyright concerns.

Although the position reports to the director of the ACRC, the head of Frost Library's Archives and Special Collections at Amherst College and the library's college archivist will work with the audit archivist to ensure consistency of policies and procedures across the two units.

About the Center for Russian Culture

The Amherst Center for Russian Culture was founded in 1991 by Amherst College alumnus Thomas P. Whitney, class of 1937, a diplomat, journalist, translator, author, and collector of Russian manuscripts, rare books, journals, newspapers and art for more than thirty years. Since 1998, the center's reading room and art gallery has been located on the second floor of Webster Hall, adjacent to the Amherst College Russian department. The center also includes a storage facility, located in the basement of Webster Hall.

The centerpiece of the ACRC is Whitney's collection of material documenting Russian migr poetry. The collection has continued to grow in twentieth century Russian literature (especially poetry), history and culture. Recent acquisitions have focused most heavily on the "third and fourth waves" of Russian emigration beginning in 1970.

The archival collections held in the ACRC comprise roughly 400 linear feet of unpublished works, versions of published works, and correspondence between writers. The collections include material by notables such as Vasily Kandinsky, Boris Pilnyak, Ivan Bunin, Ilya Ehrenburg, Vladimir Nabokov, Aleksei Remizov, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Anna Akhmatova, Nikolai Gumilev, and Marina Tsvetaeva. The critic, poet, and thinker Zinaida Gippius is well-represented in the collection, as is the author Boris Pasternak.

Key Responsibilities

Investigation and Audit Collection
•     Set up an instance of ArchivesSpace for the ACRC.
•     Survey the ACRC's collections to produce a basic inventory with collections' location information.
•     Organize the ACRC's internal files into working collections files and establish procedures for internal record-keeping for acquisitions and provenance.
•     Assess extant finding aids for each collection and ensure that a minimal record for each collection is publicly discoverable.
•     Consult with Archives and Special Collections staff to develop a workflow to add ACRC finding aids to the Five Colleges' archives and manuscripts database (

Planning and Assessment
•     Develop a prioritized plan for processing archival holdings.
•     Assess the preservation requirements of the ACRC's collections and make recommendations for preservation of materials in analog and digital formats.
•     Update the ACRC web site to better reflect the history, mission, and holdings of the collections.
•     Compile information about books, articles, and other publications based on materials held in the ACRC.
•     Contribute to the ACRC's internal planning initiatives regarding future development of ACRC collections.
•     Work with the ACRC director and advisory board to draft a formal collection development policy


•     Master's degree in library and information science, with a concentration in archival studies
•     Demonstrated fluency in Russian (written and spoken)
•     Two years of professional experience arranging, processing, and describing archival records
•     Demonstrated experience applying professionally recognized standards and best practices in describing archival content, including DACS, EAD, and EAC-CPF
•     Familiarity with current approaches to and tools for managing digital content for access and preservation.
•     Strong verbal and written communication, attention to detail, organizational and planning skills
•     The ability to take initiative, working independently and collaboratively
•     Commitment to or experience working with a diverse community

•     Additional graduate degree (M.A. or Ph.D.) in Russian studies or a closely related field
•     Experience arranging, processing, and describing Russian/Slavic archival materials
•     Experience using ArchivesSpace as an archival collections management tool

Interestedcandidates are asked to submit electronically to a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (email and/or telephone numbers) for three professional references. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.

Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college's community is composed of about1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm ; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum , Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum ; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to work, learn and live!

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