Manuscripts Processor

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Manuscripts Processor


Responsibility: Responsible to the Archives & Special Collections Manager for the assessment, inventorying, arrangement, description, processing, preservation of manuscripts and their accompanying finding aids.

Classification: This position is classified as part-time operational and is non-exempt from overtime compensation.


Coordinates with associated WRHS endeavors for library and archival projects, including exhibitions, public programs, special events, educational programs, heritage management, and as otherwise needed.
Maintains associations with a variety of professional organizations to remain current on professional standards and matters in the archives field as well as promote WRHS and its interests
Supervision: Occasionally supervises interns and volunteers.


Supports WRHS’s strategic and operational priorities
Arranges, processes, and preserves manuscript collections in order to make them accessible, for both WRHS collections and community partners
Describes collections accurately and appropriately in accompanying finding aids.
Maintains professional standards for work environment and records of collections – including confidentiality, deed of gifts, stewardship, processing, storage, et cetera.
Supports and contributes ideas, content, and other information to the WRHS’s marketing and communication strategy
Collaborates with the Cataloging staff and WRHS IT Systems Manager to insure the accurate and timely entry of catalog data for archival collections in the Library’s online cataloging system and with OCLC.
Occasional travel, evening and weekend hours will be necessary to accommodate WRHS  operations
Undertakes other duties as assigned by the Archives & Special Collections Manager

Education: Bachelor’s degree in history or related field. MLIS with an emphasis on archival processing and management preferred
Experience: Two years of archival processing experience, EAD understanding, and knowledge of MPLP required.
Outstanding analytical, organizational, project, and time management skills and the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
Evidence of active membership, participation, and involvement in professional and scholarly associations related to archives and/or libraries.
Ability to be proactive, flexible, and collaborative in order to accomplish library and institutional goals.
Successful completion of a background check and drug screening.
Demonstrated proficiency and capability with information technology systems in the context of a special collections library and archival program.
Experience with legal and ethical standards associated with archival and manuscript collections.
Excellent written, verbal skills and strong interpersonal skills.
Essential personal traits: exhibit tact, positive disposition, enthusiasm for the profession, dependability, and integrity.
Must possess a valid driver’s license and be willing to travel locally.
Requires prolonged sitting (chiefly at a computer terminal).  Some bending, stopping, and stretching.  Occasionally may require lifting up to 50 pounds.

To apply please submit your resume and cover letter to