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Textual Metadata Cataloger, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, Boston, MA


The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (part of the National Archives and Records Administration), in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, has embarked on a long-term effort to provide digital access to its unique archival holdings in all formats. The initiative's objectives are to: digitize, catalog, and store millions of presidential documents, photographs, sound recordings, and moving images; make these materials accessible to a worldwide audience and maximize their search and discovery online; protect historical assets through remote replication; and minimize wear and tear on irreplaceable physical assets. To date, the Kennedy Library has provided online access to more than 600,000 pages of documents; 23,000 photographs; 3,700 sound recording segments; 1,000 oral history transcripts; and 125 motion pictures.. 



We are looking for a talented, team-oriented Textual Metadata Cataloger to join the Archives Digitization team. This individual will perform duties associated with digitizing and describing the Kennedy Library's unique archival holdings and will be responsible for imaging archival materials in a variety of formats (primarily, but not limited to, textual materials) as well as creating associated descriptive, technical, and administrative metadata using Dublin Core standards. In addition, the Textual Metadata Cataloger will conduct background research using a range of resources to create robust and accurate metadata records. Other responsibilities include:

  • Implementing workflows and processes that streamline and enhance metadata creation
  • Administering the textual digitization on demand program (internal and external  requests)
  • Supervising and training graduate student interns and relevant staff on metadata creation and content description
  • Contributing to the development of policy, procedural, and training documentation
  • Creating bibliographic authority records
  • Screening documents for potential intellectual property and national security classification restrictions
  • Utilizing the digital asset management system (DAMS) and related tools to maintain physical and intellectual control over archival holdings
  • Working in close collaboration with all archival units and other Library stakeholders
  • Maintaining accurate statistics on the imaging, description, and online publication of digital assets
  • Contributing materials for the Library's social media platforms
  • Authoring posts for the Library's blog, "JFK Library Archives: An Inside Look"
  • Attending professional workshops, programs, and conferences.


This position requires experience performing original cataloging of digitized archival documents and manuscripts. Specifically, the candidate must have demonstrated familiarity with the following encoding and descriptive standards: Dublin Core, EAD, EAD-CPF, DA:CS, RDA, MARC21, and LCSH. The individual must be able to work well in a team environment and have excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Additional requirements include a thorough knowledge of archival preservation practices and experience handling rare and fragile materials. Other qualifications are as follows:

  • Knowledge of bibliographic and authority control, controlled vocabularies, and thesauri creation and maintenance
  • Knowledge of archives management and intellectual property issues in a library/archives setting
  • Knowledge of historical trends and research methods
  • Experience using a digital asset management system or digital repository
  • Experience managing digital imaging workflows
  • Knowledge of archival imaging standards and practices
  • Experience with digital imaging hardware and software
  • Ability to work with multiple stakeholders and to balance multiple tasks, requests, and projects in a time-sensitive environment
  • Ability to handle analytical and highly detailed work.

 Preferred qualifications:

  • Knowledge of programming languages including SQL and Python.



Master's degree in library science, history, or public history with a concentration in archives management. Two years of full-time work experience in an archives setting may substitute for the archives concentration.


The base salary for this position is $47,000.


Applications will be accepted until Monday, April 1, 2019. To apply, please send a cover letter with salary requirements, a résumé, and references via e-mail to:


Karen Adler Abramson

Director of Archives

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Columbia Point

Boston, MA 02125



Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. No phone calls, please.


About the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation


The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation ("Foundation") is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1984 with the purpose of carrying President Kennedy's legacy forward. The Foundation aims to inspire and engage both Americans and people around the world with his timeless vision of public service, civic responsibility, civil rights, scientific discovery and creative cultural pursuits, and ideals of peace, optimism and service, so they may learn how to translate them into action. As a major part of this mission, the Foundation supports the work of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, whose core function is to collect, preserve, and make available for research, the documents, audiovisual material, and memorabilia of President Kennedy, his family, and his contemporaries. Today, the Kennedy Library in Boston is one of the most visited of the 14 presidential libraries in America. Over 225,000 people from around the globe visit the museum and nearly 12 million people visit the Library's website each year, and the Foundation serves 25,000 students annually through a host of free educational programs.


The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


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