The Manuscripts Archivist leads the Library’s efforts to collect, provide access to, and preserve a world-class collection of personal papers documenting the work of glass artists, collectors, and researchers. In conjunction with the Associate Librarian, Special Collections, the Manuscripts Archivist implements user-focused access policies, descriptive practices, and strategies for managing born-digital manuscript materials.
Develops, maintains, and promotes a growing collection of manuscript materials (physical and digital) created by glass artists, collectors, and researchers.
With the Collections Steering Committee, acquires relevant manuscript materials through gift and purchase.
Cultivates relationships and maintains contact with past and potential donors of personal papers.
Accessions, arranges, and describes manuscript collections in collaboration with the Collections Management Team and the Associate Librarian, Special Collections.
Provides leadership in collecting, preserving, and providing access to born-digital manuscript materials.
Contributes to the development of policies and procedures for the arrangement, description, preservation, and use of special collections materials.
With the Outreach Librarian, promotes the use of manuscript materials among Museum staff, visitors, and the general public.
Oversees volunteers and interns assigned to manuscript processing projects.
Participates in the Library’s reference, instruction, and outreach programs.
Serves on Library, Museum, interpretive, and professional committees as appropriate.
ALA accredited Master’s degree, with coursework in archives management.
Experience in providing public services and/or working with manuscript donors in a special collections environment.
Experience implementing best practices and standards in archival arrangement and description, including DACS, EAD, and EAC-CPF.
Experience with archival content management systems, such as Archivists’ Toolkit, ArchivesSpace, Archon, or AtoM.
Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in the appraisal, acquisition, description, preservation, and delivery of born-digital archival and manuscript materials.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Demonstrated ability to innovate and adapt to change.
Strong communication skills, including the ability to represent the Museum in a professional manner.
Excellent organizational and time management skills.
Involvement in or ability to become involved in regional and/or national professional associations.
Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
Ability to work evenings and/or weekends as required.
The Juliette K. and Leonard S. Rakow Research Library of The Corning Museum of Glass is the world’s foremost library on the art and history of glass and glassmaking. Its mission is to acquire everything published on the subject of glass, in every format and in every language.