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.
- 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.
May work with dusty materials. Must be able to lift 20 to 40 lbs.
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.