Jobs for humanists 4/29
Last letter for a while!
Reference Librarian • Library of Congress • May 9, 2022
You’ll need a graduate degree in a relevant field (or two years of study toward it), as well as the ability to understand at least one language of (sub-Saharan) African language.
This position is located in the African And Middle East Division, General & International Collections Directorate, Researcher And Collections Services, Library Collections and Services Group. . . .
Reviews various brochures, catalogs, journals, and other sources of items for possible acquisition to develop collections in areas of subject of geographic responsibility. Uses standard methods, techniques, concepts, and principles to perform assignments, which may involve materials in multiple languages and writing systems.
Assists senior reference staff in determining the quality and usefulness of collection materials. Assists in developing strategies for the organization, storage, preservation, and service of materials. . . .
The qualifications are for a mix of skills.
Knowledge of history, politics, and literature of African countries.**
Ability to communicate in English and at least one indigenous sub-Saharan African language.**
Ability to provide reference and research services.**
Ability to develop and manage library collections.
Ability to use integrated library systems, applications, or other information technologies.
Ability to communicate in writing.
Ability to provide consultation or liaison duties.
Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing
More on that in the questionnaire.
Civil Rights Analyst (Specialist) - Intermittent • FEMA • May 11, 2022 OR 100 applicants
This is a temporary position - you’re hired to be on-call, I guess?
We are seeking talented individuals who are eager to assist disaster survivors on an intermittent, on-call basis. FEMA Reservists are incident management responders, hired under the Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. . . .
In this position, you will serve as a Civil Rights Analyst responsible for evaluating and reporting on Federal enforcement of civil rights laws in a specific subject matter area. Typical assignments include:
Conducting community outreach and engagement to ensure that the civil rights message is articulated across all disaster designation.
Preparing civil rights analytical data, staff reports, and memoranda reflecting upon equal protection of the laws.
Assisting in developing and performing civil rights studies and evaluations of the implementation of Federal, State, and local civil rights policies and practices in government agencies.
They’re looking for experience with the ADA or Civil Rights Act and problem-solving skills - education can play a role in qualifying there. Here are the questions, which the job ad suggests you visit before applying. :)
Processing Technician • Library of Congress • May 17, 2022
The incumbent of this position provides reader services in the Collections Services for readers using the Library's Asian collections that include monographs, serials, microfilms, microfiche, CDs, and online electronic resources. . . .
The incumbent's duties include: assisting readers by locating and obtaining materials from the custodial collections; receiving, sorting, arranging, shelving and shifting a variety of materials; accessioning, barcoding, inventorying materials properly in the Integrated Library System (ILS); identifying and preparing materials for use/offsite storage; performing specialized preservation and phased conservation tasks; filing, housing, preparing items for binding, and microfilming of the Asian materials; and maintaining records and compiling monthly statistical reports for all areas of work. . . .
In addition to library experience, you also need to understand Chinese languages in multiple formats:
Ability to read, write, and understand both English and Chinese languages and dialects in order to maintain and process library materials.**
Knowledge of library processes and procedures.**
Ability to plan, organize, and execute work within specified deadlines.
Ability to use computerized search tools, web-based tools and databases.
Ability to provide customer service.
Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.
However, there aren’t any education requirements so if you came by this knowledge through non-traditional paths, maybe this position is good for you! Here are the questions.
Librarian (Cataloger) • Library of Congress • May 17, 2022
The position is part of the Veterans History Project, part of the American Folklife Center. You need to be able to work independently, and will want to think about how your documents can demonstrate that.
Catalogs a variety of difficult material sometimes requiring specialized knowledge of folklife, ethnomusicology, oral history, a foreign language and/or considerable knowledge of specialized bibliographic areas (serials, rare books, maps, photographs, audiovisuals, software, etc.). Performs the full range of original cataloging duties for a variety of materials or specializes in a particular subject-area, technical field, or language.
Performs content designation of newly created and updated bibliographic and name authority records, supplying tags, indicators, subfield codes, delimiters, and fixed and variable field information. Establishes new personal and corporate names and uniform titles, with appropriate cross-references, for inclusion in the name authority file. . . .
Unsurprisingly, then, you need to know how to do this job already:
Ability to apply knowledge of cataloging rules, procedures and practices.**
Knowledge of folklife, ethnomusicology, documentary studies, oral history and/or other related subject areas to process and describe archival collections.**
Ability to analyze, evaluate and organize information and materials.
Ability to build and maintain professional relationships and provide liaison services.
Knowledge of digital curation and descriptive tools, information technologies and integrated library systems to support archival functions.
Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.