Archival Collections Cataloger (Sound & Visual)
Minnesota Historical Society
DESCRIPTION: The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) seeks applicants for an
Archival Collections Cataloger (Sound &
Visual) to process, inventory, and catalog archival collections in a variety
of physical and digital formats, concentrating
primarily on photographs, sound recordings and moving images, in accordance
with Minnesota Historical Society procedures
and professional archival standards and best practices.
SUMMARY OF WORK: 1) produce and maintain standards-compliant finding aids,
inventories, and catalog records in
accordance with Minnesota Historical Society procedures, professional content
standards, and prescribed MARC21, Encoded
Archival Description (EAD), and Collections Management System (CMS) encoding
guidelines; 2) process incoming and
backlogged acquisitions of sound and visual collection materials; 3) provide
in-person public reference service in the History
Center Library as scheduled and respond to web-based user feedback.
Bachelor's degree in a related field plus three years program experience
processing and cataloging sound and visual
materials or equivalent OR an ALA-accredited Master's degree in library
science plus two years program experience or
Substantial knowledge of archival appraisal, arrangement, and description
informed by an understanding and
commitment to sustainable processing and cataloging practices.
Prior processing and cataloging experience with historic and contemporary
photographic, moving image, and sound
Detailed working knowledge of descriptive content standards, such as
Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS),
Resource Description and Access (RDA), Descriptive Cataloging of Rare
Materials (Graphic) (DCRM(G)), and/or Archival
Moving Image Materials: A Cataloging Manual (AMIM).
Practical experience with encoding formats and guidelines for descriptive
and authoritative metadata, such as MARC21,
Encoded Archival Description (EAD), Encoded Archival Context (EAC), and/or
Experience applying controlled vocabularies such as Library of Congress Name
Authority File (LCNAF), LC Subject
Headings (LCSH), LC Thesaurus for Graphic Materials TGM), and/or the Getty Art
& Architecture Thesaurus (AAT).
Demonstrated ability to create and enter accurate metadata in an integrated
library and/or collections management
Demonstrated experience using XML applications and software.
Technical knowledge of digital formats, standards, reformatting practices
Solid computer skills working with Microsoft Office software, PDF, and
Strong organizational, analytical, problem solving, and time management
Physical ability to regularly lift, maneuver, and carry storage containers
weighing 40 pounds as well as oversized
Physical tolerance to dust and inactive mold spores.
Ability to process materials requiring kneeling, crouching, reaching,
bending, climbing ladders and sitting or standing for
extended periods of time.
Ability to keyboard for extended periods of time.
Familiarity with OCLC Connexion, Ex Libris Aleph, or Ke EMu CMS.
Familiarity with Oxygen XML authoring and editing software.
Experience providing public reference service.
Knowledge of Minnesota Historical Society collections.
Knowledge of Minnesota History.
TO APPLY: Submit MNHS Application for Employment, (available at
www.mnhs.org/jobs), cover letter, resume, and if
applicable, any supplemental forms. Application materials must be complete and
received by the application deadline
date in order to be considered by one of the methods below:
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