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Manuscripts Cataloging Librarian


Reporting to the Assistant Director, Special Collections Processing Center, the Manuscripts Cataloging Librarian is responsible for cataloging modern and early modern manuscript collections held in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library and in other special collections within the University Libraries system. The position will participate in establishing departmental priorities and will represent the Special Collections Processing Center within the Libraries and at other institutions. The Manuscripts Cataloger will assist the Assistant Director with general project management and oversight, with hiring staff and directing section workflow and, when necessary, assume supervisory responsibilities. Will help train and assist all staff who process manuscript collections and will develop sustainable procedures and strategies that will position the Special Collections Processing Center to meet all current and future Library needs.


Master's Degree in library or information science and at least 2 years of progressively responsible experience cataloging manuscripts and archives or equivalent combination of education and experience
A concentration in archives and 3+ years of above experience preferred.

Other required qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience successfully managing cataloging projects and complex workflows through effective planning and leadership
  • Reading knowledge of at least one foreign language
  • Knowledge of MARC, DACS, EAD, Archivists' Toolkit, and OCLC
  • Experience creating authority records
  • Demonstrated facility with Microsoft Office software, Adobe Suite software (particularly Acrobat and Dreamweaver), and with social networking tools (WordPress, Twitter, and Flickr)
  • Strong analytical, decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and motivate others, along with excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Evidence of a strong commitment to service in a production-oriented environment and flexibility in response to change
Preferred qualifications:
  • Familiarity with Archon and with Voyager, Penn's integrated library system is preferred
  • Knowledge of MarcEdit

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, and includes a generous benefits package, additional information available at

To Apply:

Potential candidates are invited to submit a letter of application that addresses the needs and qualifications of the position, along with their resume and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references who can address the suitability of the candidate for the position described, as well as complete an on-line employment application at

Alternatively, you may search by reference #130133968 at

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.