Cornell University Library’s Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation & Archives seeks qualified candidates for the position of Gordon and Marjorie Osborne Textile Industry Curator. The successful candidate will provide collection arrangement and description, instruction and outreach, and reference for collections documenting the textile industry in the United States. With the closing of the American Textile History Museum (ATHM) in 2017, Cornell University Library acquired the bulk of the ATHM’s Osborne Library, a unique resource on the history of textile production in the United States.
The Kheel Center’s holdings include rich manuscript and media collections pertaining to labor unions, business history, management theory and practice, and labor relations. As part of the Martin P. Catherwood Library, Kheel supports the curriculum and research interests of Cornell’s ILR School and attracts scholars from all over the world. Catherwood Library is the nation’s most comprehensive library for workplace issues, specializing in labor history and law, human resources, collective bargaining, organizational behavior, and international and comparative labor movements.
Responsibilities: Reporting to the Director of the Kheel Center, the Gordon and Marjorie Osborne Textile Industry Curator will coordinate and be responsible for research support, outreach and instruction, and technical services for textile industry collections at the Kheel Center. Working with the Kheel Center’s Technical Services Archivist, the Osborne Curator processes collections transferred from the ATHM and seeks out related materials to add to the Center’s holdings. The Osborne Curator may supervise one or two student assistants and will work closely with the Kheel Center’s Director, Research Archivist, Digital Archivist, and librarians and archivists from other Cornell libraries and archives.
Characteristics: The Gordon and Marjorie Osborne Textile Industry Curator is an experienced, knowledgeable, and collaborative professional who approaches reference, instruction, and outreach services for a large and diverse collection in a thoughtful and comprehensive manner. They work well with colleagues, drawing on and contributing to their subject and archival expertise, but are also able to work independently. They have a strong understanding of standard and traditional archival practices but also embrace changes and opportunities that new technologies bring to the archival field. Most importantly, they understand researchers and the research process and keep their needs in the forefront of their mind when making collection decisions.
The Osborne Curator will maintain and promote the HLM Library core values of collaboration, excellence, flexibility, innovation, integrity, and service.
- Graduate degree in archival administration, library/information science, or the equivalent.
- Demonstrated knowledge of 19th and 20th century US history.
- 2-3 years of full-time, professional work experience in a special collections library or archive.
- Strong organizational, planning, and problem solving skills.
- Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a variety of staff in a rapidly changing information environment.
- Graduate degree in textile studies, history, or a related discipline.
- Demonstrated knowledge of textiles and textile production.
- Record of engagement with professional organizations and activities and/or contributions to professional or scholarly literature.
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
Background: Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Its inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff imparts an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contributes creative ideas to further the University’s mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement. In addition to the main campus in Ithaca, NY, Cornell’s expansive global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus being built on Roosevelt Island in New York City. The Ithaca campus sits on 2,300 acres in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Ithaca, located roughly halfway between Manhattan and Toronto, offers a wealth of arts, culture, and activity while maintaining an eclectic college-town feel. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of the multitude of rolling hills, breathtaking gorges, hiking trails, and lakes offering countless outdoor activities. The city has been named one of the top 100 places to live, a top 10 recreation city, a best green place to live, and one of the “foodiest” towns in America.
One of the leading academic research libraries in the United States, Cornell University Library is a highly valued partner in teaching, research, and learning at the university. With an operating budget of over $64 million and a diverse and innovative staff of more than 350, the Library supports 2,700 faculty, 22,000 students and 94 PhD fields. Its world class collections, expert librarians, responsive services in physical and virtual library spaces inspire and nourish scholarship and learning.
Our comprehensive benefits package includes 22 vacation days, 12 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, university retirement contributions, childcare and adoption assistance, and child tuition reimbursement. Professional travel funding is available.
Salary and Academic Rank:
The salary range, of $55,000 – $75,000, will be competitive and commensurate with experience. The incoming academic rank will be dependent on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.
How to Apply:
The application deadline is November 30, 2018. External applicants will apply via the Cornell Careers site at: https://cornell.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/CornellCareerPage/job/Ithaca-Main-Campus/Gordon-and-Marjorie-Osborne-Textile-Industry-Curator_WDR-00016893 . Please include one document that contains a cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and addresses for three references (pdf preferred).
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