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Manuscript Processor (Part-time, temporary), Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum (Rowley)

The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum in Rowley, MA, is seeking a part-time temporary Manuscript Processor. They will be responsible for arrangement and description of the records of the Salem Marine Society, founded in 1766 by sea captains to provide relief for disabled and aged members and their families; to promote knowledge of this coast; and to communicate observations for making navigation safer. The Society continues to fulfill its original purposes, and also provides scholarships for aspiring mariners as well as generous support for local maritime and historical programs. Under the supervision of the Manuscript Librarian, the Manuscript Processor will arrange the material and prepare a descriptive inventory using word processing and/or ArchivesSpace. They will identify items requiring basic preservation measures and identify LCSH subject headings to add to the catalog record.

The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum is the Museum’s research library. It includes several hundred thousand printed volumes, a linear mile of manuscript collections, as well as thousands of logbooks, account books, diaries, printed ephemera, maps, photo albums and photographs. The vast collection includes subjects related to Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Oceanic, Native American, and other world art and cultures plus subjects related to Salem and Essex County art, architecture, history, and culture.

Qualifications

Successful candidates will be working towards an ALA-accredited MLS with an archives specialization. They will have excellent oral and written communication skills, organizational, planning, analytical, and conceptual skills, and proficiency with Microsoft Office and other basic computer literacies. Previous experience processing special collections and knowledge of archives terminology and standards including DACS is a plus. Sensitivity to proper care and handling of special collections materials is required. Ability to lift/push up to 40 pounds is required.

Full/Part Time

Temporary

Education

BA/BS

Salary

This is a contract position for 165 hours (about 3 months part-time at 2 days per week). The salary is $15/hour.

Closing Date

until filled

How to Apply

To apply, send a cover letter and resume with “Manuscript Processor” in the subject line to research@pem.org. PEM is committed to diversity among its employees and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

Posted

2019-08-21 |  Quick link to this job