Rochester, NY; Archivist/Librarian, Rochester Museum & Science Center

The Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) seeks a passionate, ambitious, and innovative individual to improve physical and intellectual access to archival and library collections. The Archivist/Librarian will play a pivotal role in powering up the collections data environment by exploring and implementing enhanced digital preservation and access to collections.

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The Archivist/Librarian collects, organizes, and maintains control over a wide range of primary sources in many formats, creates finding aids in compliance with professional standards, and digitizes and encodes primary sources and their metadata to make them available online to researchers and the general public. As part of the Collections Department team, the Archivist/Librarian evaluates potential acquisitions, provides research assistance in the use of archival materials, and helps develop policies and/or procedures to manage these collections. The Archivist/Librarian is responsible for the acquisition, disposition, organization, access to, and safekeeping of archival materials. Also acts as the resource person for digitization, digital asset management and copyright issues, and oversees the image permissions and reproduction program. Must work well with others and demonstrate cross-cultural awareness with commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion opportunities. Additionally, must be capable of performing library tasks, including researching, writing and editing material for LibCat, ability to fulfill interlibrary loans through the Resource Sharing function of OCLC, serving as the primary contact with the Rochester Regional Library Council, and responding to reference requests from staff and public as needed.

Education/Experience Requirements : Bachelor’s Degree and Masters degree in Library or Information Science and one year of related library, archives, or museum experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience processing archival collections, managing digital assets, and writing finding aids.

Skills/Competency Requirements:

  • Knowledge of archival and preservation concepts, methodology, and techniques including archival collections management systems and databases with demonstrated experience of digital file formats and related preservation standards.
  • Experience with automated storage and retrieval systems, electronic records, and electronic publications.
  • Experience with converting analog materials to digital formats, including an understanding of metadata for digital objects.
  • An understanding of copyright and rights management issues as well as a familiarity with archival ethics and laws relating to archival management.
  • Experienced in creating and editing written materials.
  • Skilled in Mac and Windows-based operating environments with an experience of working with digital asset management software systems such as Mimsy and LibCat.
  • Ability to develop and maintain finding aids using contemporary tools in accordance with national standards
  • Knowledge of best practices for the arrangement, description, and preservation of photographic collections.
  • Excellent organizational skills including accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Skilled in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • An understanding of research methodology and skill in providing research assistance.
  • Ability to assess objectives and operational requirements and to develop and implement suitable operational policies and/or procedures.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with the ability to work either individually or in a team working with clients, museum staff, interns, and volunteers.
  • Especially motivated, adaptable, and skilled in working with others in cross-cultural environments.
  • Knowledge of customer service standards and procedures.
  • Knowledge of library theory, concepts, methods, and techniques and basic library standards and procedures.
  • Skill in searching and maintaining online and other electronic retrieval systems such as
  • Ability to help identify and secure alternative funding through grants and other revenue sources.

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Rochester Museum & Science Center recruits and selects individuals for employment solely on the basis of merit, qualifications, and competency without regard to all legally protected classes, including, but not limited to: race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, citizenship, sexual orientation, national origin, or veteran status. All job offers are contingent upon the applicant providing proof of legal authorization to work at the RMSC and completing a background screening.

Job Type: Full-time

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Librarian: 1 year

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