Jewish Institutional Ledgers Project Cataloger–Cornell University Library–Ithaca, NY—Cornell-University-Library_WDR-00020002

Cornell University Library is seeking a librarian for the position of Jewish Institutional Ledgers Project Cataloger.

Under the direction of the Rare Materials Cataloging Coordinator and in consultation with the Selector for Jewish Studies, the Jewish Institutional Ledgers Project Cataloger creates bibliographic description of a collection of pinkesim (ledgers) from early-twentieth century immigrant Jewish community organizations. This effort entails the creation of MARC metadata using current content standards (e.g.: DCRM) and controlled vocabularies (e.g.: LCNAF).

These 318 ledgers are primary sources of information for research on the Jewish immigrant experience before World War II. Financial records occupy significant space in these ledgers, recording individual contributions, community expenditures, and free loans. Extensive texts of meeting minutes and other documentation give witness to the use of Yiddish, and sometimes German and English, to record administrative and social aspects of community life.

Key Opportunities:
– Deeply engage with primary source materials from early-twentieth century Jewish immigrant communities
– Provide user-focused description for a collection of bound manuscripts, a rewarding and intellectually-challenging format
– Engage professionally with the special collections and/or Judaic studies communities

This position is an eleven-month, benefits-eligible term appointment. Some flexibility may be available to permit a part-time schedule over an appropriately adjusted duration. The incumbent may regularly need to lift up-to 40lbs, which may be done with or without accommodation, as well as work with dusty materials.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Technical Services: 90%
– Performs original cataloging for primarily Yiddish language bound manuscripts from the Jewish Institutional Ledgers Collection
– Supplies and creates Library of Congress personal and corporate name headings for synagogues or congregations and benevolent societies
– Participates in discussions with Conservation colleagues to determine necessary treatment for project materials
– Identifies documents for possible digitization

Professional Engagement: 10%
– Participates in activities of professional organizations in Jewish, Yiddish, bibliographical or historical studies

Required Qualifications:
– Master’s degree in relevant field, such as library science, information science or Judaic studies
– Intermediate to advanced reading knowledge of Yiddish, including handwritten Yiddish
– Demonstrated knowledge of cataloging content standards, including AACR2, RDA and the Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials
– Proven ability to solve problems creatively and in consultation with colleagues and independently
– Excellent communication and analytic skills, including the ability to work well in a team-based environment

Preferred Qualifications:
– Reading knowledge of Hebrew and German
– Experience working with rare materials in an academic library environment
– Applied experience working with cataloging utilities, such as OCLC Connexion and integrated library systems

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

About the Cornell University Library: One of the leading academic research libraries in the United States, Cornell University Library is a highly valued partner in teaching, research, and learning at the university. With an operating budget of over $58 million and a diverse and innovative staff of more than 400, the Library supports 2,700 faculty, 22,000 students and 94 PhD fields. Its world class collections, expert librarians, responsive services in physical and virtual library spaces inspire and nourish scholarship and learning.

The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC) is Cornell’s principal repository of rare books and both bound and archival manuscripts. The collections include more than 500,000 printed volumes, in excess of 80 million individual manuscript items, and another one million photographs, paintings, prints, and other visual media. The collection of pinkesim, recently acquired through the generosity of Cornell alumni supportive of Jewish Studies in the university, reposes in the RMC vault.

The Carl A. Kroch Library, which houses RMC, is on the arts and sciences campus of Cornell, which overlooks the city of Ithaca and magnificent Cayuga Lake, one of the two largest Finger Lakes in a region of New York State famed for its majestic waterfalls, ubiquitous vineyards, profound history, and cultural diversity.

The Ithaca campus sits on 2,300 acres in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Ithaca, located roughly halfway between Manhattan and Toronto, offers a wealth of cultural activities while maintaining an eclectic college-town feel. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of rolling hills, breathtaking gorges, hiking trails, and lakes offering countless outdoor activities. The city has been named one of the top 100 places to live, a top 10 recreation city, a best green place to live, and one of the “foodiest” towns in America.

Benefits: Our comprehensive Endowed benefits package includes 22 vacation days, 12 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions (TIAA-CREF and other options). Professional travel funding is available. More information regarding Cornell’s generous benefits can be found at The anticipated academic rank for this position is Assistant Librarian, with a salary range of $52,500-$55,000.

Application Procedure: Candidates must apply online via the Cornell Careers site:—Cornell-University-Library_WDR-00020002 . We shall begin reviewing applications September 16, 2019 and shall continue until a viable pool of applicants has been identified. Please submit one document that contains a cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and addresses for three references (pdf preferred).

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