Saturday, June 30, 2012

Hampshire College seeks an Archivist

If you have experience working with a wide array of materials in a variety of analog and digital formats, find the prospect of working in a non-traditional academic environment appealing, and would like to live in or around a cluster of small, interesting New England college towns, Hampshire College would like to hear from you.
The Hampshire College Library Center is seeking applicants for the position of Archivist.
The ideal candidate will be an innovative, forward-thinking archivist engaged in combining traditional archival methodologies with digital preservation workflows in the management of contemporary and legacy archival collections. Hampshire College, founded in 1968 as an experimenting school, educates for change and supports student-driven interdisciplinary work. The archivist will provide leadership, vision, planning and management for Hampshire’s archival and special collections. We see this position as being a critical role in helping to guide the library and Hampshire into a future where the lines between virtual and actual archives merge. The archivist has overall responsibility for collecting, organizing, curating and preserving making accessible primary sources, comprised of Division 3 student work, new media and analog formats that include audio recordings, film, video, printed matter, photographs, web content and special collections relating to Hampshire’s identity.

Position requires a MLS from an ALA accredited institution, with preference given to candidates with a second Masters degree in a relevant field or background in multimedia or related information technologies. Experience and enthusiasm for incorporating primary source research in the curriculum and outreach are critical. The successful candidate will have a minimum of two years of relevant archival experience with archival and media collections in an academic, research, or special library; demonstrate excellent interpersonal, presentation and communication skills; have strong technical and metadata skills; demonstrated commitment to preservation of cultural heritage adhering to professional standards; possess the initiative and creativity to manage projects both independently and as part of a team; and have a deep commitment to service and outreach in an academic community.
Salary and benefits are "competitive." The college will begin reviewing applications on 9 August 2012 and continue reviewing them until the position is filled.  For detailed application instructions, consult the position description.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Barry Landau sentenced

Yesterday, Barry Landau, the prominent collector of presidential memorabilia who was caught stealing documents from the Maryland Historical Society last July, was sentenced.  He'll spend the next seven years in a federal prison, pay approximately $46,000 in restitution to dealers who unwittingly purchased stolen documents from him, and forfeit all of the historical documents found in his Manhattan apartment after his arrest.  After his release, he'll be on probation for three years.  One of the conditions of his probation:  he has to stay away from libraries and archives.

Landau's sentencing memorandum has been entered into Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER), but access to it is limited to the judge and the attorneys involved in the case.  However, today the Baltimore Sun published a lengthy article that features a brief video of the prosecution's sentencing presentation and photographs of some of the documents that Landau and his accomplice, Jason James Savedoff, stole from various repositories in the eastern United States.  The Associated Press's coverage of the sentencing notes that prosecutors also displayed Landau's blazer and trench coat, both of which had extra-large pockets added by Landau's tailor, and the Washington Post reports that prosecutors believe that Landau may have started stealing documents as early as 2003.

Prosecutors and Landau's attorneys differed as to whether Landau masterminded the thefts.  Shortly after the sentencing, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a press release asserting that Landau, a seasoned collector and researcher, was the driving force behind the thefts:
According to evidence presented at today’s sentencing hearing and court documents, Landau had been stealing presidential documents and ephemera to add to his collection for years before he met Savedoff and it was Landau who schooled Savedoff in the complex scheme of historical document theft. After researching collections on the internet, Landau used e-mail to identify for Savedoff the titles and locations of collections that contained documents that were ultimately stolen during the course of the conspiracy. Landau developed protocols to distract curators while items were pilfered, scheduled visits to repositories and requested access to collections containing marketable documents. It was Landau who dealt exclusively with purchasers of stolen items.
The release also sheds new light on the scope of Landau's criminal activity.  It's been widely known for months that Landau and Savedoff stole documents from the Maryland Historical Society, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Connecticut Historical Society, the University of Vermont, the New-York Historical Society, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, but the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration's Archival Recovery Team, which has been leading the effort to trace the origins of the more than 10,000 historical documents found in Landau's Manhattan apartment, has uncovered evidence of additional thefts:
At the sentencing, prosecutors introduced new evidence that Landau stole at least one item from the William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum in Ohio in 2005; from 17 to 100 items from the Culinary Arts Museum in Rhode Island in 2008; and more than 250 items from Betty Currie, former White House Secretary, in 2010. Agents seized more than 10,000 items from Barry Landau’s residence in New York in July and August 2011, and more than 6,000 of those items have been identified as stolen property.
At roughly the same time as the Department of Justice issued its release, Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White, the firm representing Landau, issued its own press release arguing that Savedoff, who met Landau in 2010, had manipulated a reluctant but deeply lonely man into doing things that he otherwise would not have done:
"As the numerous emails and documents [entered into evidence] reflect, Savedoff constantly pushed Landau to help him in his quest to, in Savedoff's words, '(F) the World,'" said [Steven D.] Silverman, Managing Partner of Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White. "With laser-like precision Savedoff 'targeted' Landau for his connections and exploited his vulnerabilities to carry out his plan to steal and sell documents."
"As the evidence clearly shows in this case, Savedoff's and Landau's goals were completely different. Savedoff wanted money; Landau wanted menus," Silverman added. 
Given that the release implies that Landau and Savedoff stole only 300 documents and quotes Silverman as describing Landau as "one of the nation's foremost historians," I have to say that Landau and his attorneys make a perfect team:  all of them seem to have difficulty differentiating between the world as it actually is and the world as they wish it were.

Jason Savedoff's sentencing date has yet to be set and the Archival Recovery Team will no doubt continue to devote a lot of time and effort to identifying the rightful owners of the huge trove of documents found in Landau's apartment, so this sad, shocking tale is still unfolding.  For the staff at the repositories Landau and Savedoff preyed upon, it is a tale without an ending:  their professional lives won't ever be quite the same.

If you would like to know more about Landau's life and criminal career, be sure to read Eliza Gray's profile of Landau, which appeared in the New Republic in December 2011, and Justin Snow's lengthy May 2012 Baltimore article, which details how archivist David Angerhofer and other Maryland Historical Society staffers caught Landau and Savedoff stealing documents from their repository.

Monday, June 25, 2012

University of Georgia is hiring a Processing and Electronic Records Archivist

If you have a modest amount of professional experience, are comfortable working with both paper and electronic archival records, and live or would like to live in a quirky Southern college town, the University of Georgia may have a job for you.
POSITION: Processing and Electronic Records Archivist

DEPARTMENT: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

The Processing and Electronic Records Archivist is responsible to the Head of Arrangement and Description for the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies for participating in the planning, decision-making, and implementation of descriptive initiatives including: processing and creating descriptions for Russell Library collections; coordinating the appraisal, transfer and accession of electronic records into Russell Library collections; and converting, validating, describing, preserving, and making electronic records accessible. This position participates in reading room and reference service to patrons. This position is also responsible for hiring, training and supervising student assistants. The Processing and Electronic Records Archivist is a member of the University of Georgia Libraries non-tenure track faculty.

The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies is a department within the University of Georgia Libraries, which reports to the University Librarian and which serves as a center for research and study of the modern American political system. Established in 1974, the Library’s original mission was to collect and preserve materials that document the life and career of the late Richard B. Russell, United States Senator from Georgia from 1933 to 1971. With particular emphasis on the role of Georgia and the U. S. Congress, current collection development and programming focus on the dynamic relationship of politics, policy, and culture—generated wherever public interest intersects with government. The breadth and depth of Russell Library’s collections provide an interconnected framework of perspectives and experiences for understanding the increasingly diverse people, events, and ideas shaping Georgia’s political landscape.

The Russell Library pursues alliances and opportunities for collaboration with individuals and organizations that advance its mission. The Russell Library is a founding member of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress and a primary partner and official repository for the Foot Soldier Project for Civil Rights Studies, a collaborative project dedicated to documenting and chronicling the activity and perceptions of lesser known participants in the civil rights movement in Georgia.

The Russell Library staff consists of the Director (department head), four archivists, two staff positions, and six student assistants.

The UGA Libraries is located on the university's main campus in Athens, Georgia, and its facilities include the Main Library, Science Library, Zell B. Miller Learning Center, Map Library, Repository and Special Collections Libraries. Perennially rated as one of the nation's top college towns, Athens offers a vibrant place to work and live. With Atlanta 70 miles to the west, Athens offers good proximity to the city while maintaining a small-town culture and feel. The favorable climate supports an eco-friendly campus, and UGA is currently undergoing a major multi-step plan to convert much of the campus into pedestrian friendly green space. Information about Athens:  

Assists the Head of Arrangement and Description in the processing of manuscript collections by arranging and describing materials in accordance with DACS and other archival standards, creating entries and completing revisions to records in Archivists’ Toolkit, and assisting in the accessioning of new collections according to departmental procedures.

Coordinates the appraisal, transfer and accession of electronic records into Russell Library collections; converts, validates, describes, preserves and makes accessible these records through Archivists’ Toolkit or other digital asset management tools; updates EAD records in the Russell Library’s finding aid database.

Manages the public online finding aids database for the Russell Library, periodically reloading and re-indexing finding aid data, under the direction of the Head of Arrangement and Description. Assists in the creation of digital collections, using appropriate metadata standards, and creation of associated content in conjunction with the Heads of Arrangement and Description and Access and Outreach Units.

Participates in reading room and reference service to patrons in accordance with policies and procedures of the department; develops and maintains knowledge of collections within the department; and maintains awareness of related holdings at other institutions.

Supervises and trains student assistants through effective communication and a fostering of shared goals that yields knowledge, productivity, and dependability.

Contributes to the mission of the Russell Library, and the Libraries as a whole, by participating in meetings, planning, program review, developing and evaluating policies and procedures, strategic planning, the development of special projects and functions, and grants writing for the department as assigned.

Participates in library-wide communication by reading, responding to, and initiating information transmitted via GRAPEVINE (the Libraries’ listserv) and other communication tools, and appropriate library-wide or departmental meetings and asking questions, seeking clarification, or initiating discussion on library issues.

Maintains flexibility and awareness of changes in the department and organization and contributes to the team effort by assuming other similar duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Maintains an awareness of current trends in the archival field by participating in professional activities.  

Required Qualifications: ALA-accredited MLIS (or relevant Master's degree with ACA certification expected in 5 years for continued employment); Two years of experience in an archives or special collections arranging and describing historical collections, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; Demonstrated experience applying DACS, EAD and XML, and familiarity with Dublin Core, AACR2, LCSH, and MARC; Working knowledge of current archival descriptive standards, intellectual property rights, and issues related to born-digital content and digital conversion of archival materials; Ability to function as a contributing team member in a production-oriented environment; Demonstrated initiative to complete projects; Excellent research, writing, and communication skills; Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate with other departments, as needed; Working knowledge of historical research methodology and experience with standard bibliographic tools; Ability to lift and carry 40 lbs and tolerate dust and inactive mold spores.

Preferred Qualifications: Certified Archivist desired. Experience with Archivists’ Toolkit or other archival management systems desired. Congressional papers processing experience preferred. Knowledge and/or experience in the development and maintenance of websites preferred.
Salary is commensurate with experience, and the deadline for applying is 16 July 2012.  for additional details and detailed application instructions, consult the posted position description.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Niagara Falls and the 2012 Conference on New York State History

 Horseshoe Falls, as seen from Goat Island, Niagara Falls State Park, 16 June 2012.

Last week, I spent a couple of vacation days at Niagara University, which hosted the 2012 Conference on New York State History. I realize that an academic conference isn't everyone's idea of leisure, but the Conference on New York State History is a little less formal than the typical academic conference. Moreover, it gives me the chance to see friends and former colleagues who are now scattered throughout the state and to don my historian hat, which doesn't get nearly as much use as it once did.

Frankly, I needed a little time away from everything. Personal circumstances have repeatedly pulled me away from home for the past couple of months, and as a result I've neglected a lot of things (e.g., this blog) as of late. I really needed to spend a little time in a place that was neither Albany, New York nor northeastern Ohio, and the conference's location in the Niagara Falls region -- conveniently situated between the two -- enabled me to combine a brief holiday and a preplanned visit to Ohio.

I initially planned to blog about the conference as it was taking place, but on my way to Niagara Falls I decided that I would focus on absorbing information and catching up with old friends and that I would start pulling together blog posts after I arrived in Ohio. However, once I got to Ohio, I found that other matters demanded my attention. Now that I'm back in Albany, I've finally got the time and the energy to reflect upon what I learned.

I arrived at Niagara University on the morning of the second day of the conference, just in time to attend Session 402, “Upstate/Downstate: Dimensions of a Problematic Dichotomy.” My friend and former boss Peter Eisenstadt (who blogs over at Greater New York) noted that although the precise location of the upstate-downstate boundary has long been subject to debate, it's plain that the distinction came into being in the 1890s and increased in popularity during the first half of the 20th century and that its emergence marks a notable change in New York City residents' conception of their relationship to the state: the term “upstate,” which became common parlance well before its “downstate” counterpart, has always connoted distance from the center. Prior to the term's emergence, regional conflicts were pervasive but tended to die out relatively quickly. However, by the end of the 19th century, conflict between New York City and the rest of the state was sharp and persistent. This situation was inextricably tied to the rise of New York City as a demographic and economic power, and Tammany Hall and Wall Street looked to many outsiders as manifestations of the city's boundless appetite for wealth and power. Moreover, owing to the constant drain of westward migration, many rural New York communities perceived themselves to be in decline.

The upstate-downstate division was initially political. In an effort to contain a city they saw as grasping and unmanageably large, Republicans representing rural areas devised a series of electoral ratios that ensured that New York City's residents were underrepresented in the state legislature; this situation persisted until the 1960s. The city's political leaders in turn articulated the belief that the state was strangling the city, and Tammany and anti-Tammany reformers often made common cause over the city's relationship to state government.

The political divide eventually became a cultural divide, and Eisenstadt asserted that the underlying irony of the upstate/downstate divide is that it came into being just as a series of political changes brought the city and state into closer alignment. Charles Evans Hughes, Al Smith, and other early 20th-century governors articulated a progressive philosophy of government, and the liberal consensus that dominated state politics for much of the 20th century held that the problems of all New Yorkers, urban and rural alike, could be addressed by an engaged citizenry and an active government.

Michael Frisch noted that “upstate” is a proxy term that stands in for a variety of things, including issues of class and the relationship between a cosmopolitan metropole and its rural periphery. He then discussed several instances in which the New York Times's coverage of Buffalo highlighted these issues.

Several decades ago, a group of Frisch's students did an oral history project focusing on unemployment in Buffalo. The New York Times was intrigued by the project and decided to make it the focal point of a Sunday magazine cover story. Frisch and his students were responsible for writing the initial draft of the story, and when Frisch received the edited version of the story, he was stunned by the nature of the changes the editor had made: although the Times's overall stance was, if anything, more politically left than he and his students had taken, it stripped out passages in which the interviewees had reflected critically upon their lives and privileged their emotional reactions and their struggles. The implications were clear: the working-class Buffalonians at the center of the article lacked the ability to comprehend their own circumstances -- and the Times's well-educated, generally affluent readership would assume responsibility for intellectually analyzing the causes of their suffering. Frisch and his students were able to force the Times to accept some editorial changes, but the final version of the article nonetheless flattened the complexities of the interviewees' lives.

The Times's biases of class and sophistication also shaped its coverage of local efforts to celebrate the centennial of the 1901 Pan-American Exhibition. Frisch and other people involved in organizing the event hoped that it would serve as a springboard for a re-imagining of Buffalo's future. However, they found that the local business community wasn't eager to remind people that President William McKinley was assassinated in Buffalo and that the Pan-American Exhibition depicted African-Americans and non-Western cultures in appallingly racist ways. They also discovered the Times's coverage of the commemoration centered upon the contrast between Buffalo's booming past and its hardscrabble present, not on its efforts to rebuild itself.

I missed the deadline for securing lodging at Niagara University and ended up staying in a hotel in downtown Niagara Falls, New York.  While driving from the university campus to my hotel, I found myself thinking a lot about the ways in which the upstate-downstate divide and class bias shape one's perceptions. I did a little advance reading before I visited the city, and it's plain that it has fallen on hard times. The 1956 collapse of a hydropower plant that made the city an attractive base of operations for numerous chemical companies seems to have set the city's decline in motion; the New York Power Authority built replacement facilities but diverted a substantial amount of the power they generated to the New York City area. The wave of deindustrialization that swept through the Great Lakes states during the last third of the 20th century hit western New York particularly hard. As anyone who's read about Love Canal knows, the now-vanished chemical and manufacturing plants left behind vast quantities of toxic waste, some of it radioactive; most of the uranium that went into the bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was refined in Niagara Falls plants, and the city's industrial facilities played a key role in building the nation's nuclear arsenal during the first decade of the Cold War. A catastrophic urban renewal project that gutted the city's historic downtown has limited its ability to capitalize upon its glory days as a tourist destination. The emergence of Niagara Falls, Ontario as a center of tourist activity and the Niagara Falls State Park restaurants and shops that enable day-trippers to purchase food and souvenirs without stopping in the city further further complicate the city's efforts to reorient itself toward tourism. The corruption and desperation that all too often flourish when life becomes a struggle for a piece of an ever-shrinking pie also keep the city from righting itself.

However, after hearing Eisenstadt's and Frisch's presentations, I couldn't help but think that the story of Niagara Falls is just a little more complicated. The city's downtown is charmless, many of the storefronts on its Main Street are vacant, some of its residential neighborhoods are laden with boarded-up homes, and approximately 60 percent of the city's residents receive some form of government assistance, but even a cursory glance reveals the existence of neighborhoods filled with well-maintained late 19th-century and early 20th-century homes, a substantial South Asian immigrant community, and several massive manufacturing plants that are clearly still operating. It's all too easy to take a quick look at a place and conclude that it's beyond salvaging -- and that the people who reside in it lack the ability to think critically about their circumstances. The more I thought about the city's recent history, the more I understood why so many of its residents dislike and distrust New York City -- and Albany and Washington -- and why they have refused to give up hope that their city will once again be a prosperous, appealing place. I also started to grasp why controversial gubernatorial candidate Carl Palladino garnered so much support in this area.

 Rainbow immediately to the north of the Horseshoe Falls, as seen through the artificial rusticity of Goat Island, Niagara Falls State Park, 16 June 2012.

Those of you who are regular readers of this blog know that I become something of a shutterbug when I'm on the road. However, I consciously refrained from taking a lot of pictures of the city of Niagara Falls. The city is home to a number of appealing 19th-century buildings and to some cool modernist structures, but so many of the images that I started mentally framing struck me as being perilously close to ruin porn. I like aestheticized decay as much as the next person, but it's one thing to find off-kilter beauty in a psychiatric facility slated for demolition and another to gawk at a community that's carrying on in the face of hard times and leave the impression that the hard times are permanent and irreversible.

American Falls and the Rainbow Bridge connecting Niagara Falls, New York and Niagara Falls, Ontario, as seen from Goat Island, Niagara Falls State Park, 16 June 2012.

So what did I do? I took pictures of the falls themselves, which may look natural but in fact are shaped and controlled by the New York Power Authority, Hydro Ontario, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Niagara Falls State Park, which was landscaped by Frederick Law Olmstead. Nothing in or around Niagara Falls is as simple as it seems.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

University of Chicago is looking for a Digital Accessions Specialist

I don't see a lot of electronic records paraprofessional position announcements, so this job posting caught my eye.  I'm often leery of paraprofessional jobs: as others have pointed out, repositories that want to hire an archivist but can't or won't pay an archivist's salary sometimes try to resolve this conflict by classifying as paraprofessional jobs that clearly require professional judgment.  It's hard to tell from this posting whether the successful candidate will be responsible for making important decisions within the context of clearly articulated frameworks or for creating said frameworks.  I get the impression that, most of the time, the person who takes this job will operate within the parameters of well-articulated policies and procedures, but a couple of things in this posting do make my spidey sense tingle just a bit.

This position might be a great steppingstone for a new archivist or archivist-to-be who wants to acquire lots of real-world electronic records experience or whose desire to stay in or relocate to Chicago trumps other considerations.  However, if you are a new archivist or archivist-to-be and you opt to apply for this job, I encourage you to do four things:  a) during the interview, ask -- in a non-confrontational but forthright manner -- about the scope of the position's responsibilities and the professional development opportunities that will be available to you; b) be assertive during salary negotiations (as Maureen Callahan asserts, doing so is especially important if you are a woman); c) be prepared to move on if, after a few years, it becomes apparent that there is no possibility of advancement; and d) read Rebecca Goldman's superb post re: the myriad challenges that confront the early-career archivist seeking to move out of a paraprofessional position.

[Update 4 June 2012:  if you need advice re:  how to open salary negotiations, be sure to check out Lynne Thomas's excellent post on this subject.  A big tip o' the hat to C in DC for drawing my attention to this blog!]

If you live or want to live in Chicago and have a year of relevant library or archival work experience, some hands-on electronic records experience, and are familiar with the Linux/Unix command line interface, the University of Chicago's Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) may have a job for you.
Unit Job Summary
Under the direction of the Head of Archives Processing and Digital Access, and in collaboration with the Director of the Digital Library Development Center (DLDC), establishes intellectual control over electronic records, born digital collections, and retrospectively digitized materials received by SCRC, performs pre-accessioning and accessioning work for files deposited by Library staff and others in the Digital Repository, and participates in designing, refining and implementing workflows and procedures for acquiring and accessioning electronic records and born digital materials.

Along with the Archivist for Processing and Digital Access, manages ongoing accessioning relationships with University offices, divisions, departments, faculty members, organizations, and Library donors to ensure the orderly and systematic transfer of electronic records from University offices and donors to SCRC. Transfers electronic records received on physical media as part of archives and manuscripts collections to the digital repository. Creates, maintains and ensures accuracy of accessions records, inventories, files and databases for electronic accessions. Collaborates with the Archives and Manuscripts Accessions Manager to ensure that records for collections containing both analog and digital materials are accurate and complete. Using data collected as part of SCRC's accessioning process, creates collection and accession level records for new deposits in the digital repository. Evaluates content of unprocessed electronic records with special focus on identifying sensitive and restricted material. Evaluates and makes recommendations for developments, refinements and implementations to procedures and workflows for electronic record accessioning and management. Recommends and implements policies, standards and practices for electronic records and collections in digital form. Responds to staff questions about status, content and storage location of electronic records. Maintains statistics on holdings, incoming collections, file requests, and other data required for fiscal reporting.

Performs pre-accessioning evaluations on new deposits, including: evaluates and determines constraints, including rights and permissions and embargo periods; reviews descriptive metadata and manages problem resolution; evaluates valid structural metadata as necessary; ensures consistency in file and folder naming as necessary; evaluates and determines when to convert files to formats suitable for long-term preservation, as necessary; creates descriptive metadata for new accessions; generates required technical and structural metadata for new accessions.  Creates rights statements for new accessions; recommends and implements workflows for deposit and accessioning best practices; manages workflow compliance through collaboration with depositors.

Contributes to SCRC, DLDC and Library goals. Submits regular reports on archives and manuscripts electronic records accessioning and related Digital Repository responsibilities. Serves as a member of Library committees and working groups. Pursues and maintains knowledge of current developments in information technology and electronic records management.

  • Bachelor's Degree required. 
  • Minimum of one year relevant library or related experience required.
  • Previous experience working with electronic records required.
  • Previous work experience with Unix/Linux command-line tools to perform automated tasks required. 
  • Excellent writing skills and organizational skills required. 
  • Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects and shifts in priority required.
  • Sound independent judgment and discretion required.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills required.
  • Ability to work effectively and collegially with University staff, administrators, faculty and donors required.
  • Ability to work effectively and collegially with supervisors, peers and other staff required.
  • Ability to work well independently required.
  • Ability to handle confidential matters with prudence required.
  • Familiarity with word processing, spreadsheet, and database management programs and online library information systems required.
  • Ability to conceptualize and manage large collections in diverse formats required.
For application instructions, information about benefits and related matters, and information about living and working in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, consult the position description.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Federal Reserve System seeks a Records Management Analyst

If you're a records manager who is comfortable working with paper and electronic records and lives or would like to live in the Washington, DC area, the Federal Reserve System may have a temporary position for you.
Position Description
The Records Management Analyst (Analyst) advises the FOMC Secretariat on arranging and keeping records in a manner that is consistent with sound recordkeeping practices and federal records management requirements.  In this capacity, the Analyst creates a blueprint for organizing and maintaining records generated by the FOMC that takes into account its practices and business needs. The analyst also helps implement these plans on a day-to-day basis.  The position requires the ability to work with both hardcopy and digital document collections producing file plans, thesauri, authority lists, indices and other finding aids. The Analyst works directly with all levels of staff in the division under the direction of the Section Chief and must have strong oral communication and writing skills. 

Position Requirements
Masters in Library and Information Science or equivalent degree preferred.
This is a temporary position (365+)
N.B.:  The deadline for applying responding to this announcement, which was posted on 31 May 2012, is 6 June 2012.

For application instructions, consult the job posting.  Additional information about salary, benefits, and related matters is available here.