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Digital Archivist and Librarian

Date: August 31, 2017
Department: Library & Archives
Title: Digital Archivist and Librarian
Schedule: Full-time permanent
Supervisor’s Title: Director of Library and Archives

SUMMARY

This position is responsible for contributing to the AJHS archives team via technological and cataloging expertise. The position must also contribute to the management of archival and library collections.

The successful candidate will combine an interest in archives and special collections with knowledge of metadata (and encoding) schema, website management, and data transformation (and management) skills. The candidate must also have excellent written communication skills, the ability to work in a team facing the challenges of updating outdated systems with limited resources, interpersonal negotiation and communication skills, and the ability to learn needed technologies and systems.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Extensive experience with descriptive metadata standards for museums, libraries and archives, especially MaRC, EAD, and Dublin Core.
  • Proven ability to use markup languages and tools effectively, primarily HTML and XML, alongside CSS or scripting languages like PHP to edit and troubleshoot website.
  • Committed to data interoperability by converting or transforming diverse metadata formats and standards using a wide variety of tools such as CSV, XSLT, Open Refine, MaRCEdit , Python, or other software tools in order to efficiently complete tasks assigned to archivist.
  • Manage AJHS book cataloging, most specifically oversee rare books, ingest processing, and supervise part-time cataloger.
  • Manage the AJHS Drupal website and make changes for needed updates.
  • Encode and manage EAD finding aids using oXygen.
  • Maintain current awareness of digital technologies and participate in local, and national meetings and organizations, sharing information with colleagues.
  • Provide reference backup and archival retrieval as needed.
  • Represent AJHS at committee meetings of the Center for Jewish History, particularly on the cataloging and authorities committees.
  • Supervise volunteers and interns as needed.
  • Other Special assignments as may be assigned.

MINIMAL QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:

  • Experience with MaRC, EAD, CSS, HTML, XML, and Unix.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite and excellent written communication skills.
  • Comfortable with “self-learning” using manuals and documentation, and willingness to learn XSLT/XPath/XQuery.
  • Experience with integrated library systems or archival database content management systems.
  • Knowledge of library and archival authority control in addition to applying subject headings and using controlled vocabularies.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Familiarity with UNIX operating system and running commands on an operating system.
  • Experience with Drupal and CollectiveAccess, or other content management system software.
  • Understanding of library systems interoperability and how systems communicate via protocols, especially OAI-PMH.
  • Knowledge of digital preservation best practices for born-digital and digitized material.
  • Knowledge of ExLibris products, specifically Aleph, Digitool, Primo, Rosetta.
  • Demonstrated professional activity in both libraries and archives.
  • Knowledge of American Jewish history.

EDUCATIONAL REQIREMENTS

MLS degree from an ALA accredited program.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Participation in regularly scheduled reference/paging duties requiring the ability to use a stepladder and lift boxes (up to 40 lb). Some exposure to dust and mold, as is typical in an archival environment.

American Jewish Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer.

Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@ajhs.org / Subject: DIGITAL ARCHIVIST
Review of Cover Letters and Resumes begins September 13, 2017