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One-Year Processing Archivist Position in Special Collections and Archives

Hutchins Library at Berea College seeks a dynamic staff member for a one-year Processing Archivist position starting August 2021. The ideal candidate would perform accessioning, arrangement, description, rehousing and basic preservation of archival and manuscript collections documenting Berea College, local history, and Appalachian cultures.

Ideal candidates would have a minimum of one year experience processing archival collections in an academic library or other archival research center and be enrolled in a graduate program in library science, archival studies, or public history, or hold a archives-focused degree in one of these fields. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate creative problem solving skills, an understanding of professional protocols for arrangement, DACS description, and preservation of archives, and a commitment to the code of ethics of the Society of American Archivists. Previous experience using ArchivesSpace database software is requested but not required.

Candidates should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, copies of all academic transcripts, three sample archival finding aids authored or co-authored by the candidate, and three original letters of recommendation to apply. Review of applications will begin May 1st and continue until the position is filled.

Founded in 1855, Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. Berea has a longstanding commitment to interracial education, and is one of the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. With an emphasis on service to Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,650 students from 43 states and U.S. territories and 76 countries. Berea College only admits students who are unable to afford tuition and provides all of them a no-tuition promise, valued at more than $178,000 over four years. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive yet demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate college. As one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, all Berea students hold a position in which they work 10-12 hours weekly. Washington Monthly ranked Berea College No. 1 as the Best National Liberal Arts College in 2016, 2017, 2018, and the No. 1 College in the country in terms of affordability from 2016 to 2019. Berea’s recognition comes from success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities.

Located where the Bluegrass Region meets the Cumberland Mountains, the town of Berea (pop. 16,000) lies forty miles south of Lexington and is approximately two hours from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Knoxville. More information about Berea College is available at

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