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New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University Library is seeking candidates for the following position:

Specialist [Project Archivist for the Clyde W. Tombaugh Papers]

Reporting to the Department Head for Archives and Special Collections, the specialist [project archivist] will complete the arrangement and description, including finding aid and MARC record, of astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh's personal and professional papers (approximately 150 linear feet). The archivist will also promote the opening of the collection to researchers upon completion of the processing.

The Clyde W. Tombaugh Papers include the personal and professional papers of the planetary astronomer who discovered Pluto in 1930. The personal papers document Tombaugh’s Kansas childhood, his early interest in astronomy and telescope making, and his arrival at Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, Arizona, in 1929. Later materials concern his diverse interests in politics, education, and religion, and his family life. The extensive professional papers span Tombaugh’s full career, from his observational work at Lowell to his tenure at New Mexico State University. Correspondence with prominent professional and amateur astronomers, astrophysicists, and experts in related sciences is found throughout the collection, as are such visual materials as drawings, photographs, and maps.

ALA accredited MLS, with emphasis on archival management, or an MA in archival management and at least one year of experience in the field of archival management; knowledge of and competence in manuscript and archival management and processing techniques; experience with computers and electronic access techniques (including HTML, SGML, and EAD); knowledge of PC-based word processing programs; ability to work efficiently and meet project goals and deadlines; excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Preferred: Demonstrated project management experience.

POSITION INFORMATION: This is a one-year professional position. Salary: $30,000. Benefits not included.

To Apply

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter stating qualifications, a resume, and names, addresses (including e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references to Marti Torres, Administrative Assistant, NMSU Library, Box 30006, MSC 3475, Las Cruces, NM 88003-8006; fax 505-646-6940; e-mail mjtorres@lib.nmsu.edu.

Review of applications will begin December 10, 2002 and will continue until position is filled. For additional information, visit our Web site: http://lib.nmsu.edu.


Offer of employment is contingent upon verification of individual's eligibility for employment in the United States.

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