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Project Coordinator, Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project, Hartford, CT

Project Coordinator

A project coordinator, to be based out of the Connecticut State Library, is sought to manage the Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project, a project funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to digitize 100,000 pages of microfilmed Connecticut newspapers. This is a 40 hour per week, contracted position with annual trips to Washington D.C.  Ideally the start date is November 22, 2019 and the position will continue through August 31, 2021.  Compensation will depend on experience and level of involvement and compensation shall not exceed $150,000 over the 21 months.  Benefits are not included.


Under the direction of the Project Director, the Project Coordinator will:

  • Manage and coordinate project workflow
  • Train and work with project Assistant
  • Develop and document procedures that oversee selection, digitization, metadata capture, OCR, workflow control, quality control and related activities
  • Develop and maintain tracking system for microfilm and deliverables
  • Work with vendors to ensure high quality deliverables
  • Confirm bibliographic completeness and perform technical analysis of microfilm
  • Validate scanned images and metadata
  • Work with Project Cataloger and the Serials Librarian to maintain preservation database
  • Work with Project Director as project spokesperson and participate in publicity efforts, such as the website, blogging, and representing the project at meetings
  • Work with Project Director to manage project budget
  • Deliver progress reports on specified semi-annual schedule
  • Other duties as assigned


Required Experience and Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree from an ALA-accredited school or foreign equivalent
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience
  • Solid understanding of digitization and/or conversion projects
  • Experience with XML and standard metadata schemas (non-MARC and MARC) and principles governing standards in digital libraries
  • Experience with quality control of digital projects
  • Project management experience
  • Must have a valid driver's license


Desirable Experience and Qualifications

  • Knowledge of microfilming procedures, especially newspaper microfilming
  • Knowledge of newspapers or serials, and ability to assess complex relationships between titles
  • Demonstrated ability to pay attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal and oral and written communication skills, the ability to analyze and solve problems; the ability to work with a variety of people; flexibility and willingness to shift priorities according to current needs. 
  • Coursework in 19th and 20th century American history
  • Copyright research experience


To Apply

Email cover letter and resume to:

Gail Hurley

Connecticut State Library


Additional information:

Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project 

National Endowment for the Humanities National Digital Newspaper Program

Library of Congress Technical Guidelines 


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