Job Opportunity- Yale Processing Archivist

POSITION: Processing Archivist (Librarian 1-2)
DEPARTMENT: Yale University, Beinecke Library
STARS Requisition #: 25107BR
Yale University invites applications for the position of Processing Archivist. Under the supervision of the Head of Processing in the Manuscript Unit of the Beinecke Library, processes and catalogs archival and manuscript material, in the fields of American and modern European literature, history, and the humanities from the eighteenth through the twenty-first centuries. Prepares finding aids according to established local practice, including encoding in EAD. Performs original cataloging in the MARC format for the library’s online catalog. Plans, directs, and reviews work of processing assistants and student assistants. Assists in the preservation assessment of collections and in the selection of materials for conservation treatment. Assists in the ongoing development of the unit’s processing and cataloging procedures for archival collections. Completes special projects as assigned. Participates in Library-wide planning and committee activities, and is expected to be active professionally.

The Manuscript Unit is a division of Technical Services. The Manuscript Unit supports the Beinecke Library’s robust acquisition program and is responsible for the accessioning, processing, and cataloging of Beinecke’s manuscript collections. The manuscript collections range from papyrus and medieval manuscripts to twenty-first century literary archives. In addition to literary and historical manuscripts, formats include photography and artwork, audio and moving image recordings, digital files, and music.

Required Education, Skills and Experience:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent accredited degree, or a
    post-graduate degree in museum studies or a related discipline in the humanities or social
    sciences, and up to two years of related experience.
  • Formal training in archival theory and
  • Demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and practice may be substituted for formal
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current national data content and structure standards related to
  • the archival control of collection materials.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of archival and library management systems.
  • Demonstrated job or school experience with basic preservation and conservation standards for
  • archival and manuscript collections.  Strong knowledge of American or modern European history or literature, and broad knowledge
  • in the humanities, as demonstrated through academic degrees, training or experience. Good
  • reading knowledge of at least one modern European language. Demonstrated ability to process
  • or catalog manuscript and archival collections.
  •  Preferred: Experience processing literary manuscripts and archival collections. Experience
  • processing and cataloging visual materials, especially photographs. Graduate-level training in
  • American or European history or literature.

The University and the Library
The Yale University Library, as one of the world’s leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and
creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 12.8 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in eighteen buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of approximately five hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers. For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s web site at

Salary and Benefits:
We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country’s great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

For more information and immediate consideration, please apply online at The STARS requisition ID for this position is 25107BR.

AA/EEO – M/F/Disability/Veteran


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s