Job posting: ILGWU Project Archivist

27 Oct

There’s another position available here at the Catherwood Library, specifically at the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation & Archives. See below for the description and the link for application.

One difference between this gig and the last one I posted: I’m on the search committee for this one, so I really won’t be able to discuss it. Still wanted to get the word out, though.


ILGWU Project Archivist- Kheel Center, Catherwood Library-16232

The Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation & Archives seeks qualified candidates for a two-year, temporary professional position asILGWU Project Archivist.  The successful candidate will continue ongoing processing and outreach efforts for the ca. 2,500 linear feet of records of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union.  As part of the Martin P. Catherwood Library and with its rich manuscript and media collections pertaining to labor unions, management theory and practice, and labor relations, the Kheel Center supports the curriculum and research interests of Cornell’s Industrial and Labor Relations 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 structure serving Cornell’s specialized business and labor Schools. The consolidated structure serves 1805 undergraduates, 1314 graduate students, 143 resident faculty, and extensive distance education, executive education, and extension programs. 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 ILGWU Project Archivist is responsible for: creating detailed EAD finding aids for key accessions of the ILGWU records; creating topical research guides on aspects of the ILGWU records; creating EAD finding aids for ILGWU-related collections; providing reference services for the ILGWU records; working with donors of ILGWU and ILGWU-related records; aiding in preservation and digitization prioritization efforts with audio-visual and image materials; highlighting and promoting use of the ILGWUrecords through online outlets.  The successful candidate will supervise one or two student assistants and work closely with the Kheel Center’s Director, Technical Services Archivist, Research Archivist, and Digital Archivist.

Characteristics:  The ILGWU Project Archivist is a highly organized and collaborative professional who is able to approach a large, two-year assignment in a methodical 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 researchers and the research process and can keep their needs in the forefront of their mind when making processing decisions.

Required Qualifications: M.L.S. or equivalent graduate degree and at least two years of experience in a research archives. Knowledge of 20th century US history. Strong organizational, planning, and problem solving skills. Strong collegial, interpersonal, and written and oral communication skills. Strong service ethic and orientation.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience processing collections in a research archive. Experience creating MARC records and EAD guides for archival collections. Experience working with audio-visual and photograph collections. Experience with new media tools. Degree in US history.  Knowledge of US labor history.

Background:  Cornell University is an Ivy League comprehensive research university located in Ithaca in the scenic Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.  The town and university offer a unique cosmopolitan and international atmosphere in a beautiful natural setting of waterfalls, gorges, and lakes.  The university comprises 14 schools with 2600 faculty members and 20,000 students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional schools.  The Cornell University Library is a vigorous professional organization of 468 staff with a strong track record in innovation and service quality.  It consists of 20 libraries, including a nearby high-density storage facility with a capacity of 6.8 million volumes.  It contains nearly 8 million printed volumes, 62,000 current serials, 378,000 networked electronic resources, and rich materials in other formats.  Ranking 9th among 113 North American academic library members of the Association of Research Libraries, the Library was a recipient of the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in 2002.

Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package including 22 vacation days, 11 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions (TIAA-CREF and other options).  Professional travel funding available.

Application Procedure:  Applications requested by November 15, 2011. Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and addresses for three references.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Cornell University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer strongly committed to diversity.  We value qualified candidates who can bring to our community a variety of backgrounds and experiences.

To apply, please visit:

Cornell University, located in Ithaca, New York, is an inclusive, dynamic, and innovative Ivy League university and New York’s land-grant institution. Its staff, faculty, and students impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas and best practices to further the university’s mission of teaching, research, and outreach.


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