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Metadata and Digital Projects Librarian, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA

Metadata and Digital Projects Librarian

The New England Historic Genealogical Society seeks a Metadata and Digital Projects Librarian who will participate in the work of the Collection Services Department, which carries out the acquisition, cataloging, processing, and preservation of the library's print and digital collections, and makes these resources accessible and discoverable. This position will be primarily responsible for creating, maintaining, and enriching metadata for the NEHGS print and digital collections, and coordinating the addition of digitized books to the Society's Digital Collections site. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform original and copy cataloging of library materials in all formats in accordance with national standards.
  • Working closely with the Curator of Digital Collections, manage the Library's contributions to the American Ancestors Digital Collections by overseeing scanning, metadata creation, and loading of digital materials, including born-digital content. 
  • Assist in managing the integrated library system (Innovative Interfaces) and participate in maintenance and ongoing improvements to III WebPAC online catalog.
  • Supervise and train volunteers and interns working on tasks related to cataloging and digitization of library materials.
  • Help develop strategies for managing digitized and born-digital content.
  • Keep current with developments in the fields of technical services, technology, and genealogy.


  • Master's degree in library and/or information science from an ALA-accredited institution
  • 2 or more years of relevant library experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of cataloging, metadata, integrated library systems, web page creation and management, OCLC, and digital libraries
  • Working knowledge of MARC, AACR2, RDA, and metadata standards such as Dublin Core, EAD, METS, or MODS
  • Superior problem-solving and organizational skills
  • Professional, dependable, flexible and constructive work ethic
  • Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, as well as comfort with public speaking
  • Interest or experience in the field of genealogy a plus
  • Experience in the design and maintenance of a website and experience with standard web programming languages such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Previous experience with CONTENTdm and/or Innovative Interfaces Millennium system is a plus.


To Apply:

Send resume and cover letter to Michelle Major (, Director of Human Resources, New England Historic Genealogical Society, by October 5, 2018.

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