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Archival Assistant / Cataloger – Rochester School for the Deaf, Rochester

The Rochester School for the Deaf Archive Center holds two primary collections: Documents and Audio-Visual records. These collections include photographic prints, negatives, films, books, newsletters, and much more. Items in these collections span more than 130 years. Some items date back to the founding of RSD in 1876 and encompass over 100 cubic feet of historical materials. The Archive Center also develops and manages a museum with exhibits of key historical objects and digital displays.

The position will involve the following activities:
Primary needs:

  •  Box, folder, and item level cataloging, description, and arrangement.
  • Use of PastPerfect for collection management/cataloging.
  • Scanning and reproduction.
  • Maintain website

Secondary needs:

  • Maintain museum digital displays.
  • Reference services.
  • Maintain finding aids.
  • Assisting with special projects, such as group visits and museum events.

Desired Qualifications

  • Minimum of three years of experience in arranging and describing archival collections and applying archival processing standards and providing reference services in an archive.
  • Evidence of developing archival collections and working with donors.
  • Technologically savvy with evidence of working knowledge of digitization standards, metadata and cataloging schemas, and digital preservation strategies.
  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) is a plus.
  • American Sign Language experience and knowledge of deaf culture or willingness to learn.

About the Rochester School for the Deaf Archive Center

The Archive Center’s mission is to collect, hold, care for, and make available for research, historical documents, photographs, artifacts and other valuable records of Rochester School for the Deaf. The Center is managed by a dedicated team of volunteers and is open to members of the RSD community, researchers from academia as well as interested individuals from the private sector.

Send your completed application to:

Dr. Harold Mowl, Jr., Superintendent/CEO
Rochester School for the Deaf
1545 St. Paul Street
Rochester, NY 14621
Fax: 585-544-0383

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