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Assistant Director for Technical Services, Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)

The Cornell University Library Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC) seeks an Assistant Director for Technical Services.

Under the supervision of the Director of the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, the Assistant Director for Technical Services leads and manages all of RMC’s technical services functions, including archival description, rare materials cataloging, and digital projects. In cooperation with RMC staff, other library units, and national and international partners, s/he provides strategic planning for RMC’s processing and cataloging systems and services and helps set the direction for the development of new digital initiatives that promote the discoverability of RMC’s collections. As part of RMC’s senior leadership team, the Assistant Director works closely with colleagues to ensure smooth operations across the Division.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program, or combination of advanced degree and relevant experience in special collections and archives.
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in a special collections setting.
  • Deep knowledge of archival descriptive standards and practices, rare materials cataloging, and metadata standards and best practices.
  • Experience supervising staff in a highly collaborative and team-oriented environment.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with ArchivesSpace or other archives management tools.
  • Experience with managing budgets.
  • Experience with grant writing.

May work with dusty materials.

How to Apply: Priority will be given to applications received by September 1, 2018. All candidates must apply via the Cornell University Careers site. Please include one document that contains a cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and addresses for three references (pdf preferred).

More information can be found on the job application website:


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