Archivist / Photograph Cataloger (Term-limited), Harvard University

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Archivist / Photograph Cataloger
Radcliffe Institute, Schlesinger Library

Summary:
This position works on the Hidden Collections grant to appraise and catalog unprocessed photograph collections. The archivist will appraise, arrange, describe, preserve, and catalog collections.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Appraises, arranges, describes, preserves, and catalogs photograph collections (includes evaluating their research value, consulting with conservation staff regarding fragile material, etc.)
  • Works with the PhotoTeam, assesses findings of the team and creates plan to update finding aids, create container lists, select images for digitization and cataloging, as necessary.
  • Creates documentation and provides guidance on future photograph cataloging workflows.
  • Catalogs photographs into Shared Shelf and coordinates digitization with Imaging Services.
  • Must be able to lift 40 pounds comfortably.
  • Regular, consistent and reliable attendance is an essential function of this position.
  • A commitment to a strong and dedicated learning organization that prizes initiative, creativity, professionalism, and teamwork is an essential function of this position.

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s in Library Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association, preferably with a concentration in archives management; and/or an master’s degree in history or related field.
  • Two years of professional experience required.
  • Solid working knowledge of archival and manuscript management and a demonstrated skill in manuscript processing, photograph, and audiovisual cataloging
  • Must be able to work independently and make judgments and recommendations about content appraisal and privacy issues.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current national data content and structure standards related to the archival control of collection materials (DACS, AACR2, RDA, LCSH, EAD, MARC21, AAT, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a variety of projects in a complex and dynamic environment
  • Awareness of emerging trends in information technology, including EAC-CPF, linked data, digital forensics, etc.
  • Familiarity with accepted conservation and preservation methods applied to manuscript collections.
  • Proficiency with office computer technology (word processing, spreadsheets, databases, XML)
  • Logical and enthusiastic approach to work; careful attention to detail; initiative and follow-through.
  • Strong written, verbal, and listening skills.
  • Basic understanding of subject and historical background of manuscripts.
  • Ability to learn new tasks quickly and accurately and work well with others in a team-based environment.

Additional Qualifications

  • Knowledge of 20th century U.S. women’s history preferred.
  • Experience in processing of photograph, audiovisual and university records preferred.
  • Solid working knowledge of one or more foreign languages preferred.
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