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Position Needed: Archivist of Special Collection at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY

Archivist of Special Collection

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is a world-renowned research and educational
institution located on the north shore of Long Island, about 45 miles from
New York City.  The Archives, located in the Carnegie Building along with
the Library, both under the Directorship of Mila Pollock, was created in
1972 to house the growing collection of research and historical materials,
consisting of a rich repository of rare books, manuscripts, photographs
and scientific reprints.

Description:  Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory seeks an enthusiastic
candidate to fill the position of the Archivist of the Special JD Watson
Collection.  The position involves working primarily with the extensive
and rapidly expanding collection of scientific and personal materials of
CSHL Chancellor, Nobelist James Watson (formerly CSHL Director 1968-94 and
CSHL President 1994-2003.  This is an extraordinary opportunity for an
individual with career aspirations in archives to work on a collection of
singular historic and research value. The collection is physically
organized, although new materials continue to be received.

Responsibilities and Duties:  The Archivist of Special JD Watson
Collection provides leadership in the implementation, assessment and
creation of the CSHL special collections and in new and ongoing digital
library/archives projects and programs.

	1. Manages photo digital collections and assists outside users and
patrons with their requests for digital photos.

	2. Describes and prepares finding aids for archives and special
collections; encodes finding aids and digital primary sources in EAD
(Encoded Archival Description).

	3. Creates standards for archiving and disseminating digital 

	4. Participates in development of archival projects, i.e.
exhibits, conferences, etc.

	5. Works with the JD Watson web site,

	6. Provides assistance to scientific staff, scholars, students and
other patrons and visitors to the J.D. Watson collection.

	7. Creates and maintains in-house research databases for archival

Qualifications:  Graduate-level archival course work, certification or MLS
from an ALA accredited library institution is required.  One year of
professional experience in an archival setting; processing and referencing
of archival/manuscript collection management and interpretation is also
required.  A strong background and knowledge of computer systems (PC or
Mac, and software programs (PowerPoint, Adobe PhotoShop) and a strong
knowledge of EAD and experience using EAD metadata are a necessity.  The
candidate should also have the ability to establish goals and priorities
and to work both independently and cooperatively with other archivists and
librarians on the staff.  Excellent oral and written communication skills
are needed.  This position will report to the Director of Libraries and

Salary:  Salary is negotiable, dependant on qualifications and experience.  
Salary minimum:  $38,000

Please apply to jobline@cshl.edu <mailto:jobline@cshl.edu>
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Department of Human Resources
1 Bungtown Road
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

Ellen Brenner
Electronic Services Librarian
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Library
1 Bungtown Road
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
516 367-6994 (phone)
516 367-6864 (fax)