Ithaca, NY; Digital Projects Assistant, Cornell University

Cornell University Library’s Rare and Manuscript Collections division is seeking a Digital Projects Assistant. Under the direction of the Assistant Director for Technical Services, the Digital Projects Assistant is responsible for facilitating the digitization of rare materials.

Will prepare items for digitization, coordinate logistics with the library’s digital projects unit, and track materials in process. Will also create metadata for digital collections and exhibitions, updating existing metadata as needed. Contributes to digital collections maintenance by reviewing collections to ensure information is complete and accurate and compiling missing information as needed.  Will facilitate patron use of the collections by providing reference assistance to researchers, providing security for rare and valuable materials used in the Reading Room, and monitoring and instructing researchers in the use of rare, valuable, fragile, or irreplaceable items.

This position is a one-year, benefits-eligible term appointment within continuation dependent upon continued funding.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Previous experience working with special collections materials in a library, archival, or museum setting.
  • Background in history or a related discipline.
  • Demonstrated computer skills (standard office software packages, database searching, basic file manipulation).
  • Ability to perform detailed work with high degree of accuracy and high productivity.
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills and fluency in English.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple responsibilities successfully in a service- and production-oriented environment.
  • May work with dusty materials.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of one or more foreign languages.
  • Prior experience with digitization projects, library management systems, and other bibliographic databases.
  • Familiarity with archival or library cataloging rules, metadata standards, and digitization best practices, including those for rare materials.
  • Library reference or other public service experience.

Please submit cover letter and resume with your application, following the instructions below. Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position.


University Job Title:

Collections Asst IV



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Contact Name:

Bonnie Bailey

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