Processing Archivist for College Histories

Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr College has an opening for a Processing Archivist for College Histories.

This is a 3-year term position. The starting annual salary is $60-$67k plus benefits.

The Processing Archivist for College Histories is a three-year term-limited position at Bryn Mawr College Special Collections, a team-based department within Library and Information Technology Services (LITS). The Processing Archivist will be responsible for processing, preserving, and providing access to notable personal papers, organizational archives, photographs, and memorabilia held in College Archives. The position will report directly to the College Archivist and work in close collaboration with the Digital Collections and Metadata Librarian, as well as other Special Collections staff and student staff.

The Processing Archivist will employ nationally recognized archival principles, standards, and best practices to ensure the long-term accessibility and usability of the College’s collections. The position will arrange and describe collections using appropriate name and subject authority headings and utilize efficient processing methods.

In addition, they will assist in College history initiatives and the department’s outreach to students, staff, faculty, alumnae/i, and the public. They will have opportunities to contribute articles to Mirabile Dictu and the Alumnae Bulletin, create compelling social media posts, and present archival discoveries at Friday Finds events. Will participate in staff meetings and have ongoing opportunities for professional development. May train student staff and mentor students in project work.

The purpose of the Processing Archivist for College Histories is three-fold: 1. To offer career development and advancement for library and archives professionals with less than 3 years of professional experience; 2. To strategically address a significant backlog of unprocessed materials at Bryn Mawr College and develop a workflow for incoming collections; 3. To open up more primary source materials for student learning and for discovery by outside researchers on topics around College histories, including, e.g., the archives of the Self-Government Association, the first and longest-running self-governance student organization in the U.S.; the papers of physics professor emeritus Walter C. Michels, a U.S. government whistleblower in postwar Japan; and the papers of 1905 alumna Hope Emily Allen, a scholar of 14th c. English mystics Richard Rolle and Margery Kempe.


  • Master’s degree in library and information science with archival coursework, or advanced degree in an allied discipline combined with relevant experience
  • Knowledge of archival description practices that foster inclusivity, diversity, equity and anti-racism
  • Knowledge of trends and emerging technologies for managing, processing, and providing access to archival collections in physical and digital formats
  • Experience applying library and archival descriptive and metadata standards, e.g., Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) and Encoded Archival Description (EAD)
  • Familiarity with collections management software for archives, e.g., ArchivesSpace, AtoM, Aeon
  • Ability to use carts and move boxes and cultural objects between spaces and buildings

Bryn Mawr College is a private liberal arts institution located in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania region. The College serves a population of approximately 1,700 students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. It has a long tradition of educational excellence and offers a dynamic and challenging work environment. The campus is easily reached by public transportation as well as most major highways. The College offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits. Bryn Mawr College is an equal opportunity employer that believes that diversity strengthens our community.

To express your interest in this role, please submit a letter of interest and resume/CV through Interfolio: 

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, with an application deadline of Friday, June 21, 2024. References will be required upon request.

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