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

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Archivist / Photograph Cataloger
Radcliffe Institute, Schlesinger Library

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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