Job Opening Title: Part-Time Archives Cataloguer
Employer Name: Historic New England
Job Location: Haverhill, MA
Salary Range: $24 per hour
Years of experience required: 3+
Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: Classification: Part-time, 24 hours per week, term-limited for 12 months
Location: Primary office location is designated as the Haverhill Regional Office, Haverhill, Mass.
The archives cataloguer performs original cataloguing/processing of archival holdings of various types and on numerous subjects. The library and archival collections consist of more than 1.5 million items (photographs, architectural drawings, ephemera, art, prints and engravings, manuscripts, books, and institutional archives) documenting New England’s social, cultural, and architectural history. Information is shared with the public through an online collections catalogue, publications, social media, and via onsite appointments.
Responsibilities: The archives cataloguer works with members of the Library and Archives team to make the collections available online. The process involves creating item-level catalogue records, arranging and describing collections using concise, formatted, and detailed description; developing electronic finding aids; researching names, dates, locations, and events to ensure accuracy; and adding keywords from controlled vocabularies to increase findability, all according to archival best practices. Responsibilities also involve rehousing collections and working with the digital photographer to digitize images for online availability, including the creation of metadata for use in ResourceSpace, the digital asset management system.
Qualifications: The position requires an ALA-accredited master’s degree in library and information science or similar degree from a recognized graduate program in archival studies and three to five years of related experience. The candidate must be fully competent in the use of computerized collections management systems, such as Minisis, ArchivesSpace, or Re:Discovery. They must have experience creating item-level catalogue records, arranging and describing archival and manuscript collections, and developing electronic finding aids according to archival best practices. The candidate must have experience using Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS), Encoded Archival Description (EAD), and controlled vocabularies such as AAT, TGN, LCSH, and LCNAF. They must have excellent computer and data entry skills and be skilled in the use of Microsoft Office suite. A high degree of attention to detail, strong communication skills, and ability to work independently and to effectively manage time in order to meet deadlines are required. The candidate must have a commitment to access, equity, diversity, and inclusion through remediation of institutional biases inherent in cataloguing metadata.
Pay Rate: $24 per hour
Applications: Please send résumé, cover letter, and salary requirements to Jobs@HistoricNewEngland.org.
Historic New England is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to supporting equality of opportunity and respect for diversity. We are committed to providing equal opportunity in employment to all qualified persons without regard to non-work-related factors such as race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, gender identity, or sexual orientation.