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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Cornell University Library

The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections in the Cornell University Library seeks an Archivist for Arrangement and Description.

Under the supervision of the Assistant Director for Technical Services, the Archivist for Arrangement and Description manages RMC’s efforts to accession, describe, preserve, and provide access to archival, manuscript, photographic, born-digital, and other non-print holdings in all formats. They oversee Cornell’s Encoded Archival Description (EAD) program, developing policies and procedures to expand access to and use of Cornell’s special collections in RMC, the Kheel Center, and elsewhere in the library. They are responsible for developing and implementing strategies, technologies, and standards that facilitate researcher access to RMC’s holdings, including potential application of new standards and technologies. The Archivist for Arrangement and Description supervises staff and students, plans and manages projects, collaborates with staff and departments throughout Cornell University Library, and participates actively within the broader special collections and archives community.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Technical Services (80%)
• Plan and manage archival arrangement and description projects by coordinating day-to-day operations and special projects, working collaboratively to establish priorities.
• Supervises staff consisting of 5+ FTE, in addition to student positions.
• Lead the Library’s EAD program, developing policies and procedures, and providing support and training for staff and students in RMC, the Kheel Center, and elsewhere in the library.
• Explore, propose, and implement new technologies in collaboration with RMC, Cornell, and/or external colleagues.
• Establish and employ metrics for archival processing in order to enhance discovery and use of RMC holdings and to aid in project management and grant planning.
• Oversee the development and maintenance of documentation for archival processing procedures.
• Process and catalog collections and items as time permits.

Public Services (10%)
• Facilitate access to Cornell's holdings, providing reference services to the public at the reference and security desks and responding to email and telephone inquiries.
• Foster classroom and research use by Cornell faculty and students and others by providing instruction sessions, tours, and other public presentations, with an emphasis on born-digital material.

Service and Scholarship (10%)
• Participate in CUL committees and groups.
• Actively participate in professional activities of appropriate archival, historical, library, information management, and preservation organizations and contribute to the professional literature.
• Actively pursue scholarly interests in areas of libraries, special collections, and other fields relevant to RMC collection strengths.

Required qualifications:
• Graduate degree in archival administration, Library / Information studies or equivalent.
• Minimum of 3 years full time experience working in an archives or special collections setting with increasing responsibility.
• Demonstrated knowledge of appraisal, arrangement and description, and preservation standards for archival and non-print materials in analog and digital formats.
• Demonstrated knowledge of archival description standards such as DACS, EAD, and MARC.
• Supervisory and project management experience.

Preferred qualifications:
• Familiarity with ArchiveSpace or other archives management tools
• Demonstrated experience in problem-solving and decision-making in a collaborative and coordinated planning environment.
• Flexibility and willingness to adopt new approaches and technologies in a changing environment.
• Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including the ability to work effectively with staff across departments.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Environment: One of the leading academic research libraries in the United States, Cornell University Library is a highly valued partner in teaching, research, and learning at the university. With an operating budget of over $58 million and a diverse and innovative staff of more than 400, the Library provides significant collaborative opportunities in support of 2,700 faculty, 22,000 students and 94 PhD fields. Its world class collections, expert librarians, and responsive services in physical and virtual library spaces inspire and nourish scholarship and learning.

The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections is Cornell's principal repository of rare books, manuscripts and archival materials in history, literature, music, the arts, science, natural history, and technology. Our collections include more than 500,000 printed volumes, more than 80 million manuscripts, and another million photographs, paintings, prints, and other visual media.

Benefits: Our comprehensive benefits package includes 22 vacation days, 12 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, university retirement contributions, childcare and adoption assistance, and child tuition reimbursement. Professional travel funding is available to support research. The anticipated academic rank for this position is Assistant Librarian, with a salary range of $52,500-$55,000.

How to Apply: Candidates must apply via the Cornell University Careers site at: . Please include one document that contains a cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and addresses for three references (one pdf preferred). The application deadline is July 7, 2019.

Employment Assistance:
If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University's Office of Workforce Policy and Labor Relations at voice (607) 254-7232, fax (607) 255-0298, or email at

Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application.

EEO Statement:
Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. With our main campus located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the Cornell Tech campus located on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

We offer a rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of personal life, including employee wellness, workshops, childcare and adoption assistance, parental leave and flexible work options.

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