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Tuesday, May 16, 2023 7:22 PM | Laura DeMuro (Administrator)

Digital Projects Specialist

(May 16, 2023)

Position Title - Digital Projects Specialist

Supervisor Title (All entry and mid-level position supervisors should be qualified, professional archivists.) - Digital Preservation Manager

Position Type - Full-time, permanent

Benefits - Yes

Salary Range - $45,000 - $55,000

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, a growing educational and cultural organization with the world’s foremost archives and library devoted to the history and culture of East European Jewry, seeks a full-time digital projects specialist to join its Digital Lab. The Digital Lab ensures the long-term accessibility and preservation of YIVO library and archive materials. The Lab primarily works on digitization and post-digitization phases of archival projects, ingesting upwards of half a million digital objects into their DAMS each year. The Lab also supports digital projects across the entire organization.

Reporting to the Digital Lab Manager, the Digital Projects Specialist works on all digitization and ingest phases of projects. This is an on-site position.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

Digital capture of library and archival materials according to current digital preservation standards.

Perform postproduction on digital objects, including adding metadata and filenames

Perform quality assurance on digitized materials

Ingest digitized materials into DAMS system

Track and report digitization progress on shared Google spreadsheets

Keep current with trends and developments in the field of digital preservation.

Basic equipment maintenance and troubleshooting

Qualifications & Experience:

Minimum of 2 years’ experience digitizing paper materials for preservation

Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, including Lightroom and Photoshop.

Knowledge and understanding of digital image file parameters, including bit depth, color profiles, resolution, compression, image size, and formats

Ability to learn new technical skills in the context of digital preservation

Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a team

Demonstrated ability to meet project deadlines

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

— Interest in the history and culture of East European Jewry

— Language proficiency in Yiddish, Hebrew, Russian, and/or Polish

— Previous experience working in library or archives settings

— Previous experience with photography and camera equipment

— Familiarity working with archival collections as a curator or researcher

Additional Information:

Salary: $50,000 to $57,500, commensurate with experience

Benefits Package: Medical, Dental, Life, LTD, Pension, Paid time off, Sick leave

Position Type: Full-Time

To Apply:

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Devora Geller, Digital Preservation Manager, at dgeller@yivo.org by May 31, 2023.

Please include “Digital Projects Specialist” in the subject heading of the email.


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