Rare Materials Cataloger — Cornell University Library, Ithaca, NY

Are you an early career cataloger who loves rare materials?
Are you interested in applying principles of diversity and inclusion in your work?
Are you looking for a workplace where you will receive additional training and support for professional development?

Cornell University Library (CUL) seeks an early career Rare Materials Cataloger to support the university’s mission in teaching, research, and knowledge creation. Within CUL’s collaborative and supportive culture, the Rare Materials Cataloger will work on bibliographic description for materials reflecting all of the collecting areas of the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, featuring materials originating from across the globe over several centuries. Particular strengths include American and African American history and culture, European history and culture, human sexuality, contemporary music, science, natural history, technology, and more. The Rare Materials Cataloger will bring focus and care to bibliographic and authority data for rare materials, while ensuring diversity and inclusion are guiding factors in our metadata practices.

The Rare Materials Cataloger, an employee of Library Technical Services, is embedded within the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. As such, they work on the Cornell campus in a collaborative environment and will benefit from both focused training as well as professional development provided to the cohort of catalogers at Cornell University Library.

The Rare Materials Cataloger will have the support to actively participate in local, national and international discussions relating to the access, retrieval, description, and management of library resources; further, the Rare Materials Cataloger will apply these discussions to CUL’s research and development efforts.

Key Opportunities

• Training and support from a team of library colleagues invested in your success
• Deep engagement with fascinating and unique materials
• Describing materials covering innumerable subjects
• Contributing to the research of scholars from across the globe by facilitating access to rare and distinctive materials
• Support for professional development inside and outside of the CUL community

Required Qualifications

• Master’s degree in any field received before start date in the position
• Cataloging experience (including coursework and/or internships); familiarity with RDA, AACR2, MARC bibliographic format
• Reading knowledge of at least one language in addition to English
• Demonstrated interest in and commitment to cultivating an environment of diversity and inclusion
• Knowledge of ways that minoritized groups have been marginalized through the creation and use of library metadata
• Knowledge of or strong interest in the description of and access to rare, unique, and historically significant cultural materials
• Demonstrated aptitude for creating and working with authority data (e.g. Library of Congress Authorities, Getty vocabularies, ORCID, ISNI, etc.)
• Strong service orientation and interest in library users’ values and needs
• Excellent communication, project management and analytic skills, including the ability to work well in a team-based environment

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience cataloging rare materials according to PCC, DCRM and other community guidelines in a research library or similar setting
• Working knowledge of a Romance or Germanic language

Academic Rank and Salary: The anticipated academic rank for this position is Assistant Librarian, with an expected salary range of $55,000-$57,500.

Benefits: Our comprehensive benefits package includes 22 vacation days, 13 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, university retirement contributions, childcare and adoption assistance, and child tuition reimbursement. Funding is available to support professional training and research. More information regarding Cornell’s generous Endowed employee benefits can be found here.

This position is located in Ithaca, New York, and the work will performed on the Ithaca campus. Relocation assistance may be provided. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

How to Apply:

All candidates must apply online via the Cornell Careers site (Search: WDR-00033344). We ask that you include the following information in your application:
1. A cover letter;
2. A Curriculum Vitae or Resume;
3. A Statement of “Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,” which may be incorporated into the cover letter OR presented as a separate statement. Candidates are invited to describe past, present, and/or future aspirations for promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in their careers as researchers and educators, and/or to convey how they see these commitments continuing at Cornell. Such articulation may focus on teaching, research, or service, or all three factors.

Apply here.

Incoming applications will be reviewed until a viable pool of applicants is identified; submission prior to September 30, 2022 is strongly encouraged. Although we prefer to receive your application as one, multi-page pdf document, we will accept multiple documents in other formats.

Environment: 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 approximately $63 million and a diverse and innovative staff of close to 380, the Library provides significant collaborative opportunities in support of Cornell’s diverse and innovative community of scholars. The Library’s world-class collections, expert librarians, and responsive services in physical and virtual library spaces inspire and nourish scholarship and learning.

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. In 2022, Cornell was named by Forbes as one of the nation’s best employers.

Employment Assistance: For general questions about the position or the application process, please contact the Recruiter listed in the job posting or send an email.

If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University’s Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX at voice (607) 255-2242, or send an email.

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