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Digital Archives Intern, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA

The New England Historic Genealogical Society seeks a detail-oriented and self-motivated individual to join R. Stanton Avery Special Collections in the position of Digital Archives Intern.

 

Reporting to the Curator of Digital Collections, the Digital Archives Intern will support ongoing projects to digitize, describe, and provide access to unique manuscripts from NEHGS Special Collections, such as diaries, letters, genealogies, family Bible records, and church records.

 

Hours and Stipend

This is a six-month, part-time internship. The intern will receive a monthly stipend of $700 (part-time, 2 days/week), paid on the 15th of the month. Start date is negotiable, with a preference for early November 2018.

Responsibilities

  • Prepare digital images and associated metadata for ingest into CONTENTdm-based repository
  • Digitize text- and image-based collections using best professional practices
  • Create, enhance, and migrate existing metadata from the library catalog, finding aids, and other systems into the digital repository
  • Perform quality control and quality assurance of existing images and metadata
  • Assist with developing and documenting new procedures

 

Required Qualifications

  • Enrollment in or recent graduation from an MLS program
  • Specialization or coursework in archives management, cultural heritage, or digital curation.
  • Familiarity with metadata standards relevant to digital collection management and access
  • Familiarity with scanning or digital photography
  • Familiarity with Photoshop or other image editing software
  • Proficiency with common Office applications (especially Excel and Word)
  • Aptitude for complex, analytical work with attention to detail.

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Completion of 1 or more of the following classes: LIS 415 (Information Organization), LIS 438 (Introduction to Archival Methods and Services), LIS 462 (Digital Libraries), LIS 448 (Digital Stewardship), or equivalent coursework
  • Previous experience with Photoshop or other image editing software
  • Previous experience with CONTENTdm or other digital repository systems
  • Experience with or interest in genealogy

 

About the New England Historic Genealogical Society

The New England Historic Genealogical Society has been collecting information about families in America for over 165 years. Our 25,000 members access information through our library and website.

 

The NEHGS library, located at 99 Newbury Street in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, is one of the nation's leading research centers for genealogists of every skill level.

 

Application Instructions

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Sally Benny at sbenny@nehgs.org. Preference will be given to applications received by October 15, 2018. 

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