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ARCHIVAL ASSISTANT

SUMMARY:

The Archival Assistant is responsible for the processing and maintaining of archival items and collections. This position is governed by state and federal laws and institution policy.

TYPICAL FUNCTIONS:

Receives archival items and determines physical condition and historical significance.

  Categorizes items and arranges into chronological, alphabetical, or numerical order. 

  Places items in folders or boxes and stores on shelves by classification. 

  Prepares and maintains inventory listing on each item processed. 

  Researches various sources to obtain needed information about items or collections, such 
  as the identity of person or persons contained in collection. 

  Writes bibliographic sketches to include in collection index. 

  Assists patrons by pulling materials, giving tours, and providing reference service. 

  Responds to specific inquires or requests by conducting searches, making referrals, and/or
  compiling needed materials. 

  Performs other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS:

Knowledge of the principles and practices of collection, compilation, and analysis of archival materials. Ability to process and categorize archival materials. Ability to prepare bibliographic sketches from research on archival materials. Ability to compile and disseminate information on archival materials and available resources.

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

The formal education equivalent of a high school diploma; plus four years of experience in library science, history or a related field.

Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Arkansas Division of Higher Education.

OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.


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