Monday, July 12, 2010




The Minnesota Historical Society’s Library, Publications & Collections division seeks applicants for an Assistant Cataloger, National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to process and catalog back logged archival collection materials in a variety of physical forms.  This is a full-time, project position (2,088 annual hours) located at the History Center in St. Paul, MN working through December 31, 2011.  Renewal dependent upon available funding and program need.
Summary of Work:  Responsibilities include: 1) processes extensive collections of manuscripts and government records; 2) prepares catalog records, detailed finding aids, indexes, administrative and database records, and other sorts of technical and descriptive metadata; 3) creates all descriptive metadata in accordance with prescribed national standards, emerging standards and technologies, and MHS practices; and 4) adapts quickly to rapidly changing workflows, processes, and duties involved in archival processing and control.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Two year post high school training and/or degree plus one year program experience.
  • Practical knowledge of office filing systems and record keeping practices.
  • High degree of technical knowledge relating to metadata creation, encoding, and management.
  • Basic knowledge of archival principles and practice, approaching that gained through a formal archival training program, informed by an understanding and commitment to sustainable processing and metadata practices for managing collection materials.
  • Practical experience with archival appraisal, acquisitioning, and processing methods and techniques.
  • Ability to communicate and to establish positive relations with other staff.
  • Demonstrated experience working with common office productivity and specialized software applications.
  • Physical ability to lift and maneuver cubic foot boxes weighing 40 pounds.

Desirable Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in history or a related field.
  • Knowledge of MHS collections.
  • Knowledge of Minnesota history.
Salary:  $2,856.00 monthly minimum.
Application Deadline:  Must be received or post-marked no later than July 16, 2010.
To Apply:  Send an MHS application, cover letter, and resume to:  Minnesota Historical Society, Human Resources Department, Assistant Cataloger, NHPRC position, 345 Kellogg Blvd W, St. Paul, MN 55102.  To be considered an applicant, you must submit all requested materials.  If not complete, your application materials will not be accepted and your materials will be returned.  For an application, see our website at or call MHS Job Line 651-259-3181.  EEO