Senior Manuscript Processor

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Job Description

Cornell University Library’s Rare and Manuscript Collections is seeking a Senior Manuscript Processor.  Under the direction of the Technical Services Archivist, the Senior Manuscript Processor is responsible for facilitating access to collections through the description of archival materials.


Will perform cataloging, arrangement, and description of archival collections, preparing detailed finding aids using Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and other national standards.  This position will focus on the description of collections related to music and contemporary culture and may work on materials in other subject areas.  Will also facilitate patron use of the collections by providing reference assistance to researchers, providing security for rare and valuable materials used in the Reading Room, and monitoring and instructing researchers in the use of rare, valuable, fragile, or irreplaceable items.

This position is a one-year, benefits-eligible term appointment with continuation dependent upon continued funding.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Previous experience working with special collections materials in a library, archival, or museum setting.  

  • Background in history or a related discipline.

  • Demonstrated computer skills (standard office software packages, database searching, basic file manipulation).

  • Ability to perform detailed work with high degree of accuracy and high productivity.  Strong interpersonal and communications skills, and fluency in English.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple responsibilities successfully in a service- and production-oriented environment.

  • May work with dusty materials.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Background in music or music history.

  • Working knowledge of one or more foreign languages.  

  • Prior experience with library management systems and other bibliographic databases.  

  • Familiarity with archival or library cataloging rules, standards, and best practices, including those for rare materials.  

  • Library reference or other public service experience

Please submit cover letter and resume with your application materials, using the instructions below. Visa Sponsorship is not provided for this position.

University Job Title: Collections Asst IV

Level: D

Pay Rate Type: Hourly

Company: Endowed

Contact Name: Bonnie Bailey

Number of Openings: 1

How to Apply

Apply online here.

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