Job Title: Jane Beck Folklife Fellowship—Archival Fellow
Reports to: Archivist
Position: Part-time, 12 month terminal
Founded in 1984, the Vermont Folklife Center (VFC) is the only organization in the state focused on the documentation, preservation, and presentation of the diverse cultural experiences that make Vermont unique. We are researchers and storytellers concerned with the knowledge of everyday living. We believe the experiential insights of everyday life—those things that might otherwise be overlooked in the historical record or are often simply taken for granted —are in fact the most valuable witness to our senses of identity and community. We celebrate these insights and advocate for their inclusion in conversations around the challenges and opportunities of Vermont’s future.
OUR MISSION is to deepen our understanding of Vermont and the surrounding region; to assure a repository for our collective cultural memory; and to strengthen communities by building connections among the diverse peoples of Vermont.
Jane Beck Folklife Fellowship:
The Jane Beck Folklife Fellowship provides one year of financial support and practical work experience to a dissertating doctoral student or recent post-masters/post-doctoral- student in folklore studies, ethnomusicology or a related ethnographic field. The Beck Fellowship focuses on one of the Vermont Folklife Center’s programmatic areas and seeks applicants with qualifications and demonstrated interest in that particular aspect of our work.
For this cycle we are seeking applicants for an Archival Fellowship.
For the Archival Fellowship we also welcome applications from recent graduates of ALA accredited MLS/MLIS/MAS programs who have a demonstrated interest in or experience with ethnographic/folklife and multimedia archival collections.
Applications for the Beck Fellowship are now open for a position beginning January 2019.
the Jane Beck Folklife Fellowship:
The Jane Beck Folklife Fellowship provides the recipient with a part-time (25 hour-a-week) one-year terminal position that carries a stipend of $30,000. The recipient is required to reside in the state of Vermont for the duration of the Fellowship and fulfill the majority of their work hours on site at the Vermont Folklife Center offices in Middlebury, VT.
Duties and Responsibilities of the Archival Fellow:
- Work with Archivist and Assistant Archivist to manage the day-to-day functions of the VFC Archive
- Assist patrons with access to the collection
- Document and describe collection materials using MS Access and ArchiveSpace databases
- Edit existing—and generate new—online collections using Omeka
- Oversee ongoing digital preservation activities
- Oversee reorganization of archival storage vault
- Participate in weekly staff meetings
- Maintain a flexible and open-minded attitude to the evolving nature of non-profit work and take on other tasks as requested by the Archivist.
- Based on organizational need and the skills of the Fellow, opportunities to engage in ethnographic fieldwork, media production, exhibit development and public programming may arise
Archival Fellowship Qualifications:
The Jane Beck Archival Folklife Fellowship is intended for individuals who fall into one of the following categories:
Are actively completing a dissertation in folklore studies, ethnomusicology or a related ethnographic discipline and hold MLS/MLIS/MIS/MAS degree from an ALA accredited institution or are currently enrolled in an an MLS/MLIS/MIS/MAS degree from an ALA accredited institution or have demonstrated professional experience working in archives.
Have in the 12 months prior to the start of the Fellowship completed masters or doctoral degrees in folklore studies, ethnomusicology or a related ethnographic discipline and hold and MLS/MLIS/MIS/MAS degree from an ALA accredited institution or are currently enrolled in an MLS/MLIS/MIS/MAS degree from an ALA accredited institution or have demonstrated professional experience working in archives.
Have in the 12 months prior to the start of the Fellowship completed an MLS/MLIS/MIS/MAS degree from an ALA accredited institution and have demonstrated interest in and/or experience working with ethnographic, folklife and/or multimedia collections.
Working knowledge of archival descriptive and common metadata standards. Familiarity with ArchiveSpace, MS Access, and Omeka database systems. Competency with common office software (e.g. MS Word, Excel, Google Apps), and computer operating systems (Windows, Mac OS). Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and participate in consensus-based decision making. Willingness and capacity to take initiative and work independently. Demonstrated productivity, creativity and attention to detail.
Additional Useful Skills:
Awareness of preservation and descriptive approaches for audio-visual materials. Familiarity with analog and digital audio recording and playback equipment. Familiarity with digital audio software. Reading knowledge of French. Skills in PHP, CSS and MySQL.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, see, walk, and sit for extended periods and occasionally stand, use hands to feel and hold, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus. The work environment is varied and may take place in a wide range of venues. (The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)
Please note: This is not an all-encompassing statement of this position’s responsibilities. While it attempts to be comprehensive, new responsibilities may be assigned to this position at any time.
This is a part-time, 12-month terminal position.
Submit cover letter and CV to email@example.com by September 15, 2018. Cover letter should include the names and contact information for two references who can speak specifically to applicant’s archival experience. Please include “Jane Beck Folklife Fellowship Application” in the subject line.
We are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.