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East Tennessee State University

Collections Management Assistant (Cataloger)

Title Code: 4155

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Collections Management Assistant (Cataloger)

Expectations for All Employees

East Tennessee State University pursues its mission based upon core values. An employee's job performance must support and exhibit the university's core values:

PEOPLE come first, are treated with dignity and respect, and are encouraged to achieve their full potential;
RELATIONSHIPS are built on honesty, integrity and trust;
of people and thought is respected;
is achieved through teamwork, leadership, creativity, and a strong work ethic;
is achieved through wise use of human and financial resources; and COMMITMENT to intellectual achievement is embraced.


Employees in this class are under general supervision. Work performed in accessioning, processing and cataloging archival and museum collections between the Archives of Appalachia and the B. Carroll Reece Museum and performing other related work as required.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

Accesses, processes and catalogs archival and museum collections.

Creates and manages collection files and databases.

Photographs objects.

Researches uncataloged collections.

Cleans artifacts.

Assists Directors in transferring and acquisitioning new collections.

Performs other work as assigned.

Required Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of basic cataloging principles.

Knowledge of Appalachian culture and history.

Knowledge of computers including word processing skills.

Ability to problem solve and apply good judgment.

Ability to manage large projects.

Ability to set priorities.

Ability to take initiative.

Ability to evaluate situations and make decisions.

Ability to communicate effectively.

Ability to work independently.

Ability to train and supervise student workers.

Ability to multi-task, with attention to detail and accuracy.

Recommended Qualifications

Applicants possessing these qualifications have a good probability for success in this class. However, applicants not possessing these qualifications should apply if they believe their training and experience will enable them to perform the work successfully. Bachelor’s degree required and two years of collections experience in a museum or with archives. 

 Date        Skill       Evaluation           
08/15/07     7         613131332

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position.

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