Research Archivist, Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University
Cornell University Library’s Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation & Archives seeks qualified candidates for the position of Research Archivist. The successful candidate will provide and coordinate research, instruction, and outreach services relating to the Kheel Center collections documenting the history of labor, business, and labor relations.
With rich manuscript and media collections pertaining to labor unions, business history, management theory and practice, and labor relations and as part of the Martin P. Catherwood Library, the Kheel Center supports the curriculum and research interests of Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR School) and attracts scholars nationwide and from all over the world.
The Catherwood Library in the ILR School is the nation’s most comprehensive library for workplace issues, specializing in labor history, human resources, collective bargaining, organizational behavior, and international and comparative labor movements. In 2010, Catherwood consolidated with the Nestlé Hospitality Library and the Management Library to form a single organization serving Cornell’s specialized business and labor Schools. Cornell University Library is a leading academic research library with outstanding collections, service and instructional programs, and a leader in digital library applications including digitization of its print collections and development of strategies for curation of the research output of its faculty.
Responsibilities: Reporting to the Director of the Kheel Center and working closely with other staff, the Research Archivist is responsible for providing research, instruction, and outreach services work relating to the Kheel Center collections documenting the history of labor, business, and labor relations. S/he provides remote reference and research services, takes the lead on identifying and meeting the research and instruction needs of the ILR School and broader Cornell University community, and promotes the visibility and use of the Kheel Center’s archival collections. Working closely with the Reference Assistant, the Research Archivist is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Kheel Center’s reading room and reproduction services.
The Research Archivist may supervise one or two student assistants and will work closely with the Kheel Center’s Director, Reference Assistant, Technical Services Archivist, and Digital Archivist.
Characteristics: The Research Archivist is an experienced, knowledgeable, and collaborative professional who can approach providing reference, instruction, and outreach services for a large and diverse collection in a thoughtful and comprehensive manner. S/he works well with colleagues, drawing on and contributing to their subject and archival expertise, but is also able to work independently. S/he has a strong understanding of standard and traditional archival practices but also embraces the change and opportunities that new technologies bring to the archival field. Most importantly, s/he understands the research process and works well with researchers.
- Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program with a concentration in archives management or relevant field
- 3-5 years of work experience in a special collections library, museum, and/or archive
- Experience providing in-depth research support in a special collections library, museum, and or/archive
- Knowledge of 20th century US labor history
- Teaching experience
- Knowledge of primary source research methods and practices
- Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
- Strong organizational, planning, and problem solving skills
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a variety of staff in a rapidly changing environment
- Experiencing leading outreach activities in a special collections library, museum, and/or archive
- Advanced degree in history or a related discipline
- Record of engagement with professional groups and activities and/or contributions to professional or scholarly literature.
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package including 22 vacation days, 12 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions (TIAA-CREF and other options). Professional travel funding available. More information regarding Cornell’s generous benefits can be found at this link.
Application Procedure: Please submit a cover letter, resume and list of three references (preferred as one PDF document) using the instructions below. Deadline for applications is October 20, 2017.
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