Under the direction of the Technical Services Archivist in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, the Visual Materials Cataloger works to provide greater access to both analog and digital photographic collections in the special collections of Cornell University Library and the photographic holdings of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. In creating descriptions across the collections, the cataloger will work to bring together the different approaches to descriptive practice currently utilized by the library and museum and communities. In the Library, the cataloger will identify photographic materials across collections and create descriptions based on archival standards and best practices to facilitate access and use, with a particular focus on photography in designated subject areas, including land and environment, labor, civil rights, and Asia. In the Museum, the cataloger will perform item-level cataloging for photographic collections using accepted standards and appropriate controlled vocabularies. To enable discovery across the Library’s and Museum’s collections, the cataloger will work to ensure descriptions are consistent and compatible with relevant discovery platforms.
This position is a two-year benefits-eligible term appointment.
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package including 22 vacation days, 12 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions (TIAA-CREF and other options). Professional travel funding available. More information regarding Cornell’s generous benefits can be found at this link .
Application Procedure: Please submit a cover letter, resume and list of three references (preferred as one PDF document) at this link. Deadline for applications is December 14, 2017.
Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent combination of advanced degree and related experience.
One to two years of experience working in a special collections or museum setting.
Experience arranging and describing photographic and visual materials in an archival or museum setting according to accepted national standards, including DACS, EAD, and MARC.Experience creating and updating item-level metadata using accepted standards and vocabularies such as LC, ULAN, AAT, TGM, and others.
Knowledge of the history of photography, photographic materials and processes, and the proper handling, care, and storage of photographic and visual materials.
Excellent organizational skills and ability to plan, coordinate, and implement complex projects.
Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a variety of staff in a rapidly changing environment.
Expertise and/or interest in environmental, labor, American, or Asian studies.
Degree in history or a related discipline
Record of engagement with professional groups and activities and/or contributions to professional or scholarly literature.
Familiarity with ArchivesSpace, eMuseum, or similar applications.
The Cornell University Library (CUL) stands at the center of intellectual life at the university, fostering connections and knowledge that help faculty, students, and researchers from around the world excel in research, scholarship, and creative expression. It supports and enhances faculty and student productivity through its extensive collections, cutting-edge services and facilities, and a deep ...network of digital resources. Its impact reaches beyond campus boundaries with initiatives that extend the university’s land grant mission to a global focus.