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Digital Initiatives Assistant

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Newberry Library
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Chicago, IL
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Publicado hace 25 días

ABOUT THE NEWBERRY: The Newberry collection—some 1.6 million books, 600,000 maps, and 5 million manuscript pages—is a portal to more than six centuries of human history, from the Middle Ages to the present. We connect researchers and visitors with our collection in the Newberry’s reading rooms, exhibition galleries, program spaces, classrooms, and online digital resources.

Since its founding in 1887, the Newberry has remained dedicated to deepening our collective understanding of ourselves and the world around us. As individuals engage with Newberry collections and staff, they discover stories that bridge the past and present and illuminate the human condition.

The Newberry’s community of discovery is driven by a shared commitment to promoting research, inspiring learning, and using inquiry across the humanities as a tool to engage critically in a vibrant democratic society.

SUMMARY: Reporting to the Digital Outreach and Scholarship Librarian, the Assistant works with the Digital Initiatives and Services team to enhance the discovery and use of the Newberry's online collections. The Assistant will be a proactive, quick learner, with a strong sense of curiosity and enthusiasm for acquiring skills in new technologies. Primary responsibilities include providing support for online crowdsourcing projects, assisting with the development and maintenance of the Newberry’s digital resources, and preparing digital assets and metadata for online collections and other resources (https://www.newberry.org/digital-newberry). This role is expected to last for two years, with the possibility of extension.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Provide support for online volunteers using Postcard Tag (https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/newberry/postcard-tag) and Newberry Transcribe (https://publications.newberry.org/transcribe): add new content, and assist in exporting and repurposing volunteer contributions into metadata; 
  • Assist Digital Initiatives team in development of new websites, website maintenance, and website migration projects: arrange text and digitized assets per design templates, transfer content from obsolete to current digital publishing platforms, update broken links, etc.; 
  • Assist with department production workflows: prepare and enhance data (from MARC records, finding aids, postcard inventories) for re-use as Dublin Core metadata; upload metadata sets and digitized content into Cortex (the Newberry’s digital asset management system launching to the public in 2022), Internet Archive (https://archive.org/details/newberry), and other websites; 
  • Assist Digital Initiatives and Modern Manuscripts teams in repurposing postcard metadata to create new finding aids; link digitized content in Cortex to collection inventories; 
  • Assist in compiling usage reports and other statistics to support departmental planning. 
  • Assist in creating and maintaining procedural documentation; 
  • Prepare physical postcard collections for digitization (remove postcards from protective sleeves; mark postcards with collection numbers), and; 
  • All other duties and special projects, as assigned. 

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred; a minimum of two years’ coursework in digital humanities, library and information science, computer science or related field required. 
  • Strong computer skills, proficiency working in Microsoft/Windows environment, advanced experience using Microsoft Excel, and demonstrated facility for learning new concepts, skills, and technologies required.  
  • Experience with common web technologies and scripting languages (PHP, XML/XSLT, CSS, and/or JavaScript) preferred. 
  • Experience with digital library tools, content management systems, and/or digital publishing platforms preferred. 
  • Ability to complete tasks independently, while understanding when to seek guidance. 
  • Ability to work in a team environment where consultation, flexibility, and collaboration are essential. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail. 
  • Interest in the Newberry’s scholarly and public mission, collections, and audiences. 

SCHEDULE: This is a full-time, nonexempt position, working 35 hours per week, with normal hours generally from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. The incumbent will be required to work onsite.

ABOUT THE NEWBERRY: The Newberry collection—some 1.6 million books, 600,000 maps, and 5 million manuscript pages—is a portal to more than six centuries of human history, from the Middle Ages to the present. We connect researchers and visitors…

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Compensación

The Newberry offers a comprehensive benefits package including a variety of health, dental, and vision insurances; generous paid time off (vacation time, sick leave, personal days, and paid holidays); a 403(B) retirement plan with an employer match; employer-provided basic life and long-term disability insurance; paid parental leave; and much more.


The Newberry offers a comprehensive benefits package including a variety of health, dental, and vision insurances; generous paid time off (vacation time, sick leave, personal days…

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60 W. Walton St., Chicago, IL 60610, United States

Cómo aplicar

Interested candidates should attach a cover letter and resume, both as PDF documents, to their application. Applications sent without both a resume and cover letter will not be considered. 

Interested candidates should attach a cover letter and resume, both as PDF documents, to their application. Applications sent without both a resume and cover letter will not be…

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