Archival job position open at OCLC

Not only is OCLC at the top of what it does for the global library and information industry, it’s also a great place to work. Computerworld in its June 18 issue ranked OCLC for a seventh consecutive year in the top 100 best places to work in information technology.

If you or someone you know seeks work in a corporate library and archives setting, here is a chance. We seek candidates for a Curator, Corporate Heritage position at OCLC headquarters in Dublin, Ohio. Before you go online to apply, here is what you need to know:

Responsibilities

  • Develop, execute and evaluate the strategic vision and priorities for collecting materials of permanent value to OCLC.
  • Develop written policy statements and procedural guidelines for the collection, including access to and use of both public and confidential materials. Monitor and provide reports on the use of collection.
  • Assure access to records in compliance with ISO 9001.
  • Create metadata to provide access to items and collections and prepare document descriptions and finding aids for use of collections.
  • Coordinate corporate records retention policies with other areas (e.g., Finance, Legal, Human Resources, and Marketing).
  • Promote the use and understanding of the collections and communicate the value of corporate heritage for public relations and pro bono activities of OCLC.
  • Coordinate access to OCLC’s digital assets through the top level of the OCLC intranet, the OCLC Library web site, and the OCLC Archive.
  • Back up the Electronic Resources Librarian.

Qualifications

  • MLS from an ALA-accredited institution or other Master’s degree. Concentration in archives preferred.
  • Three years’ experience in archives
  • Knowledge of OCLC and its role in the history of librarianship
  • Ability to create original bibliographic records in WorldCat
  • Ability and desire to work in a team-based environment
  • Excellent verbal, written and analytic communication skills with all levels of users
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to plan and manage long-term projects
  • Familiarity with integrated library systems, content management software and CONTENTdm desirable

What you should also know, is there is a chance for you to process the Frederick G. Kilgour papers. If you don’t know who he is, find out because you might get a chance to show human resources that you have done your OCLC research.

You would have fun working inside OCLC’s library, described on our company intranet as “A great place to use your laptop, write, think, or read the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today.” A museum also houses pieces of our past, including the 1876 first edition of the 44-page book, Dewey Decimal Classification.

Good luck!

Preparing ArchiveGrid for SAA expo

Booth number 302 by the entrance of the Great Ideas! Exhibit Hall is where we will demonstrate ArchiveGrid in the trade show exhibition next week at the Society of American Archivists annual conference in San Diego.

Here are the exhibit times:

5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 9

9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10.

We look forward to showing off some new features and research findings done in the last year since we demonstrated ArchiveGrid at the SAA conference in Chicago. If the eager responses to ArchiveGrid in June, during the Technology Petting Zoo exhibition at the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section annual conference, foreshadows the types of encounters we will have at SAA, then we are in for two packed days of opportunities to advance ArchiveGrid’s role in primary source research.

Preparation for SAA started with another ArchiveGrid index update and revising marketing materials, i.e., hand-outs. To collect ideas about what people like about ArchiveGrid, and how we can improve it, we will apply an effective feedback method done at Wikimania involving a notebook, a pen, and a camera.

Please stop by our booth and engage us, and let us engage you with what to like about ArchiveGrid.

We occasionally put on our reference caps for unaffiliated scholars

Comments ArchiveGrid users send us continue to clarify what unaffiliated scholars, which we identified from a survey this spring as the most prevalent of new archives and special collections researchers, seek. Learning what they seek also sheds light on who they are and what they are like – and improve our system for a wider net of users. So we encourage comments. However, we learn from them that not all visitors to ArchiveGrid know exactly what it’s for, so teaching opportunities about our system abound.

Here some glances at what types of comments this week we received from unaffiliated scholars using ArchiveGrid to locate primary source materials, and how we were able to put on our reference caps and help:

1. “I was thrilled to find a reference to the Coal Run Improvement and Railroad Company.” This user is an author needing this information for a book and was talking about the search result in ArchiveGrid of the William A. Stokes Papers, 1833-1927, a manuscript collection held in the Duke University Libraries. All we needed was to do was point this user to the contact information link found at the bottom of each search result record to Duke’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

2. A user doing family history research into his father’s life asked how to access more information from a WorldCat bibliographic record he discovered of his father’s law partner. “Seymour Krieger was my father’s law partner in Washington DC from the late 40’s through Mr. Krieger’s death…I had always heard it may have been suicide, but that it was not definitely determined his death was a suicide.” We referred this user to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to ask the reference services for help.

3. We got a few other chances to inform our comment-writers – a woman researching a relative, a seeker of Arthur J. Felberbaum materials, and a Civil War diary researcher – of features on our website. My favorite one this week was teaching a user how to use the map on our homepage to locate possible institutions to donate a rare book to, proving the growing diversity of ArchiveGrid users.