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Cornell U. – Manuscript Processor

Collections Assistant IV/Senior Manuscript Processor – 20489

The Cornell University Library, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections seeks a Senior Manuscript Processor.  Under the direction of the Head of Archival Technical Services, be responsible for a combination of technical services and public services functions. Perform cataloging, arrangement and description of archival collections, prepare detailed finding aids using Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and other national standards.  Assist with digital projects including the preparation of materials for digitization and the creation of descriptive metadata.  Facilitate patron use of 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 position ending on June 30, 2014.

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 packages, data base searching, basic file manipulation).  Ability to perform detailed work with a high degree of accuracy and high productivity.  Strong interpersonal and communication skills.  Fluency in English.  Demonstrated ability to manage multiple responsibilities successfully in a service- and production-oriented environment.  Must undergo mandatory background check to be eligible for work.  May work with dusty materials.

No relocation assistance is provided for this position.

Preferred Qualifications: 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.

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