Digital Projects Archivist
(November 7, 2018)
The Digital Projects Archivist will play a significant role in the Library & Archives Department consisting of 5 full-time, 1 part-time professional, and several interns. He/she will serve on BHS committees, participate in public programs, and represent BHS and his/her digital archive perspective and expertise in professional regional and national organizations such as A.R.T., MARAC, ARLIS, and SAA. The DPA will manage existing digital assets, facilitate ingest of born-digital collections, digitize two-dimensional collection items, supervise digitization interns, and contribute to strategic planning of BHS's digital program by revising policies based on resources and opportunities, work toward improving procedures for born-digital materials, and collaborate with professional colleagues with the digital archival field. In addition, the Digital Projects Archivist will contribute to the Photo of the Week series and perform reference duties during public research hours. The DPA will report directly to the Managing Director of Library & Archives.
Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical and dental insurance, paid vacation, 401k, and support for professional development. BHS staff ID grants free entrance to museums around New York City.
Please email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line of the email should read: "[last name] – Digital Projects Archivist". Applications will be reviewed immediately. No phone calls please.
About the BHS and the Othmer Library:
BHS' Othmer Library and archives house the most comprehensive collection of Brooklyn-related materials in the world. In 1993, the U.S. Department of Education designated the Othmer Library as a “major research library” under Title II-C of the Higher Education Act. Today the collection includes more than 100,000 books and pamphlets, 60,000 photographs and prints, 2,000 feet of archival collections, and more than 2,000 maps and atlases. These materials include family histories, rare books, periodicals, serials, journals, personal papers, institutional records, and oral histories that document Brooklyn's many different ethnic groups and neighborhoods.
We draw from these holdings to create interpretive exhibitions that prompt students, scholars and members of the general public to reconsider the fundamental facts of history in light of primary source documents and artifacts. BHS serves almost 80,000 people annually by providing opportunities for civic dialogue and community engagement for children and adults through exhibit tours, public programming, research opportunities, educational programs for New York City students, and professional development workshops and written curricula for teachers.
November 7, 2018
Founded in 1863, BHS is a nationally recognized urban history center comprised of a museum, scholarly research library, and education center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary 400-year history. The mission of the Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is to connect the past to the present and make the vibrant history of Brooklyn tangible, relevant, and meaningful for today’s diverse communities and for generations to come.
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