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Immediate Opening for Hamilton Watch Co. Fellow

- By Fortunat Mueller-Maerki Library and Research Center (PA) 7/26/18

The National Watch and Clock Museum

The National Watch and Clock Museum, in partnership with Hamilton Watch Company, is looking to hire a Hamilton Collections Research Fellow and Project Archivist to help process, preserve, and make accessible our numerous collections and objects related to the Hamilton Watch Company. This includes over 900 objects in the museum collection and around 20 archival collections related to Hamilton.

This position is for a collections research fellowship and/or project archivist position. It is a temporary position or either 3 months working full-time (39 hours a week) or ~468 hours over a period of time no longer than 6 months. The Successful candidate will be reporting directly to the Curator of Collections and/or the Library Archivist.

The Hamilton Collections Research Fellow and Project Archivist will work to modernize and expand description of outdated database records in PastPerfect5 and ArchivesSpace. This may include research, linking digital objects to their corresponding records in the databases, and expanding archival description. This includes using the Research Library as well as accepted websites to find relevant information on the objects or collections in question, updating all applicable fields, and photographing museum objects in accordance the current museum standards. The fellow/project archivist will work with the archivist to assess the preservation needs of the archive collections and rehouse materials as appropriate. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to process small or large collections in the archive, and assist the archivist in building digitization plans for these collections.

The Hamilton Collections Research Fellow and Project Archivist position is intended for current graduate students or recent graduates. This provides an opportunity for experience processing collections in a special library and working in a museum. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with unique collections and to make these hidden collections accessible to researchers and prepare the collections for digitization projects.

This position is designed to be flexible and will be developed and adjusted based on the experience and interest of the most qualified candidate. The ideal candidate will have experience with both archives and museums, but there is an opportunity to concentrate focus on one area based on the goals, interests, and experience of the fellow/project archivist.

Required Experience

  • Enrolled in or recently graduated from a graduate program in Library/Archival Science from an ALA-accredited library school
  • Or
  • Enrolled in or recently graduated from a graduate program in Museum Studies
  • Or
  • Equivalent

Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of content management databases such as PastPercect5 or ArchivesSpace
  • Paper and object handling experience
  • Familiarity with preservation needs of collections
  • Experience with arranging, describing, and rehousing archival collections
  • Experience creating finding aids
  • Photography and/or digitization experience
  • Knowledge of industry standards, such as DACS
  • Basic knowledge of best museum and archive practices and ethics
  • Ability to use the Research Library
  • Ability to work independently
  • Trustworthy

To apply, please email research@nawcc.org by August 20, 2018. Review of applications will begin immediately. The preferred start date of the position will be in mid-September. This is a temporary grant-funded position.

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