Reporting to the Director of Special Collections Processing, and working in close collaboration with the Goldstein Director of Information Processing, the Hidden Collections Processing Coordinator will direct a library-wide initiative to increase access to the Penn Libraries’ hidden collections. Cataloging and processing our diverse and significant hidden collections has long been recognized as a central mission of the Penn Libraries technical services units. The Hidden Collections Processing Coordinator will build on existing hidden collections initiatives and craft a holistic strategy to identify cataloging and processing priorities, assess the resources available across our technical services units and identify opportunities for collaborative and innovative cataloging projects.

As such, the Coordinator will work closely with colleagues who process, catalog and acquire general, special and electronic collections in a variety of formats, languages and subjects to create a roadmap establishing a timeline with short- and long-term goals, and to marshal the resources (e.g., staffing, supplies, funding, space) required to meet them. The Coordinator will also scope out projects requiring specialized expertise, seek funding opportunities, make recommendations for batch-processing and outsourcing, recommend optimal levels of processing and access (e.g. item/collection, minimal/full), make recommendations for the creation of metadata for digital assets, and monitor progress in increasing access to our collections. Throughout, the Coordinator will ensure that prioritization of cataloging and processing projects is informed by the Penn Libraries Collections Strategy, the research value of individual collections, the University’s academic curriculum, and donor relations.

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