Curator/Archivist I

Posted by OMA on 11/17/2020

CURATOR/ARCHIVIST I  Job Number:  202767 
Sam Noble Museum 

The Native American Languages Collection at the Sam Noble Museum, University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus is seeking a full-time Collection Manager to be responsible for maintaining the collection, both in terms of our current holdings and new accessions, namely in the processing, loaning, digitization, and preservation of print, audio, and video collections. The Collection Manager is also responsible for interfacing with the public, supervising and training students, interns and volunteers, and helping visitors make use of the collections.


  • Meeting with visitors to the collection, filling patron requests (remotely and in-person) and giving tours to the public
  • Preparing new collections for accessioning, including providing institutional metadata, securing permissions, digitization of older media, and working with the museum registrar to complete accession paperwork
  • Processing existing accessions (reformatting, metadata, data management, writing finding aids, etc.)
  • Training and supervising student, volunteers, and interns in collection management tasks
  • Functions associated with collections development, including grants and exhibits when applicable. Includes participation in planning, work with external tribal and non-tribal entities, internal systems development and migration, basic edits to Native American Languages web interfaces
  • Event planning, registration, and materials management associated with the annual Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair and other outreach events

Required Education and Skills: This position minimally requires a bachelor’s degree, 0-24 months of experience in library or museum-related archives, and the ability to move archival boxes between shelves and collection areas (up to ~15lbs each). Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate knowledge of best practices for the preservation of both physical and digital objects (metadata standards, data management, etc.), familiarity with and adherence to ethical conduct with respect to Native peoples and materials, interpersonal skills commensurate with representing the archive in one-on-one and group settings, excellent skills required in organization, computer data entry, and spreadsheets, and an ability to work comfortably independently.

Additional Departmental Preferences:

  • MA in library sciences or a related field
  • Experience working in/with Oklahoma Native communities
  • Knowledge of best practices in language archiving (standards, specs, protocols)
  • Experience planning and executing large public programs/events
  • Familiarity with CMSs like WordPress and ArchiveSpace
  • Familiarity with language programs like ELAN and FLEx
  • Technical expertise in digitization of older media, including but not limited to audio cassettes, reel-to-reels, vinyl records, VHSs, and miniDVs
  • Technical expertise in mending older media, including but not limited to splicing, rehousing, and managing sticky shed syndrome
  • Technical expertise in running and maintaining professional audio/video equipment, including but not limited to Zoom audio recorders, audio mixers, various types of external microphones, and Canon and Sony camcorders
  • Technical expertise in AV editing, including working knowledge of the following programs: Amadeus Pro, Audacity, and Adobe Premiere

This is a full-time position (40 hours per week): Monday-Friday. Salary: $15.63 per hour; full benefits.

For more information about the museum, visit the museum website at: Applications will be processed until a candidate is selected. Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references. Hiring contingent on a background check and driver’s license check.

Applications must be submitted using the on-line application process. To apply, go to and search for job number 202767. Materials submitted in an application for this position become the property of the University of Oklahoma. Deadlines are subject to change without notice. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages diversity in the workplace.