Special Collections - The Papers of Tom Brokaw
The University of Iowa Libraries
GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Special Collections – The Papers of Tom Brokaw
The Special Collections department of the University of Iowa Libraries seeks a Graduate Research Assistant for a one-year, quarter-time (.25) graduate research assistantship to arrange and describe the Papers of Tom Brokaw and create a finding aid to the collection. As a graduate assistant, the incumbent earns a stipend and qualifies for health insurance benefits and a full tuition scholarship at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences resident rate ($4,704/semester; fiscal year appointment). The Graduate Research Assistantship is open to students who are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program. Graduate Research Assistants must continue to be enrolled as students and forfeit the assistantship should they withdraw or graduate. Anticipated appointment period: February, 2017 – May, 2018.
Scope of Work
Under the direction of the Processing Coordinator and the Head of Special Collections, the Graduate Research Assistant will arrange and describe the Papers of Tom Brokaw and create a finding aid to the collection. While undertaking this work, the GRA will assess the collection for suitability for digitization, with a goal of generating three to four proposals for cohesive, publically engaging digitization projects. Work will also be undertaken with an eye towards a proposed exhibition focusing on The Greatest Generation, and the GRA will take an active role in identifying material and beginning to plan the exhibition. The GRA will also communicate with associates of Tom Brokaw, such as his assistants, and assist with events, related projects (such as oral histories), and other opportunities associated with the collection.
Arrange and describe the Papers of Tom Brokaw according to established archival practices.
Rehouse collection materials as necessary, in consultation with Conservation Lab.
Write finding aid and create collection access using ArchivesSpace.
Assess collection items during processing for suitability for digitization. Work with Special Collections, Preservation, and Digital Strategies Team members to develop proposals for digital projects.
Identify material for inclusion in exhibitions and participate in exhibition planning.
Assist with events and other activities related to the collection.
Experience processing archival and manuscript collections
Familiarity with online content management systems or databases
Knowledge of 20th Century US, International, and political history
Strong communication skills
Creativity, flexibility, and the ability to work both alone and in groups.
Each candidate must submit a résumé and a statement outlining their academic and career aspirations and their qualifications for this position. The statement should not exceed three (3) typed pages (about 1000 words). Contact information for one or two references who can speak to the candidate’s qualifications should also be submitted. Materials should be submitted in PDF or Word format as attachments to an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted beginning immediately and until the position is filled.
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