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Northwestern University Seeks Part-Time Digital Archivist

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Northwestern University is seeking a temporary, part-time Digital Archivist. This job has a sixteen-hour-long workweek with a wage of $14.00 per hour.

A bachelor's degree (or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience) is required. Applicants must be tech-savvy and highly detail-oriented, with excellent spelling and grammar skills. Northwestern prefers applicants have experience with digital archiving and understand tagging and metadata.

The job was posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014. They want to hire someone as soon as possible.

Applicants need to attach a cover letter when they apply online for the job. A successful candidate must submit to a criminal background check before he or she starts work. It has yet to be determined how long the job will last.

This job would be at the campus in Evanston because, as I have explained before, the University Archives is located on that campus. It is housed in the Deering Library building, which holds the Music Library, Art Collection, and the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections. Many archival documents are stored in the Library Storage Facility.

The Deering Library is connected to the Main Library building. In 1928, Northwestern University received a bequest from International Harvester Chairman Charles Deering (1852-1927) of $500,000, which Dr. Walter Dill Scott, President of Northwestern University from 1920 to 1939, set aside in the hope that with Deering’s money and additional funds Northwestern could build a new library.

President Scott was later able to report to Northwestern’s Board of Trustees that in November of 1929 Deering’s widow and two daughters, Marion Whipple Deering, Marion Deering McCormick (1887-1965), and Barbara Deering Danielson (1888-1982) had agreed to donate additional funds that would amount to another half a million dollars. They did so on the understanding the combined sum of $1,000,000 provided by Deering family members would be used to build the Charles Deering Memorial Library on the Evanston campus. Deering's daughters were also generous patronesses of The Art Institute of Chicago, as they donated many paintings they inherited from their father's valuable art collection.

After the agreement was confirmed, University Librarian Theodore W. Koch began to work with architect James Gamble Rogers (1867-1947) on the design of the Charles Deering Memorial Library. The building was located at the eastern end of the meadow that overlooked Sheridan Road so it would link the north and south sides of the Evanston campus.

Rogers chose to employ a modified version of the Collegiate Gothic style of architecture he used for the Montgomery Ward Memorial Building, Wieboldt Hall, Thorne Hall, and Levy Mayer Hall & Elbert H. Gary Library on Northwestern’s Chicago campus in Streeterville. Mrs. Chauncey (Marion Deering) McCormick and Mrs. Richard E. (Barbara Deering) Danielson officially opened the Charles Deering Memorial Library on December 29, 1932.

Walter Netsch, Jr. (1920-2008) of the famous Chicago architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) designed the University Library as a five-story library building composed of three circular towers. Netsch employed the same Brutalist style of architecture he used for the University of Illinois - Chicago Circle Campus (now the East Campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago) and the University of Chicago's Joseph Regenstein Library.

The dedication ceremony was on October 21, 1970. The cost of the University Library in 1969 was $12,552,379.

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