Project Archivist for Jewish Heritage Collection
College of Charleston Library - Charleston, SC

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The College of Charleston Library’s Jewish Heritage Collection (JHC) seeks Project Archivist for the successful processing and cataloging of the William A. Rosenthall Judaica Collection. The collection contains printed material and artwork that traces the portrayal of Jews by scholars, artists, laypersons, and even anti-Semites from the 16 th to the 21 st centuries and includes a range of formats: rare books, fine art, postcards, illustrated journals, greeting cards, pamphlets, broadsides, ephemera, newspapers, cartoons, caricatures, etchings, lithographs, watercolors, medallions, stamps, textiles, and more. Materials are in English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew, Yiddish, and other languages. Mostly iconographic, the collection documents the lives, history, religious ceremonies, dress, and customs of the Jewish people. Synagogues are a particular focus, including European synagogues that were destroyed between 1938 and 1945.

Job Duties

Responsible for the arrangement and description of the William A. Rosenthall Judaica Collection, following the standards of the College of Charleston’s Special Collections and the Society of American Archivists. Plans and prioritizes processing workflow. Creates and edits EAD finding aids.

Supervises the processing archivist in creating EAD finding aids and metadata for manuscript materials and artifacts. With the processing archivist, trains and supervises student interns in tasks such as digitization, metadata creation, and re-housing of materials. Supervises the processing archivist in the creation of digital files and metadata for ingestion into the Lowcountry Digital Library's Fedora repository. Effectively utilizes controlled vocabularies in multiple formats. Works with staff of the Lowcountry Digital Library (LCDL) on selected collections to ensure LCDL standards are rigorously enforced.

Manages workflow; evaluates, edits, and suggests revisions of finding aids and metadata. Responsible for maintaining and updating the William A. Rosenthall website:

Applicants must apply online at . Applications must include cover letter, vita, and names and contact information for three references. Initial review of applications will begin March 15, 2013. Position open until filled.