Museum Project Assistant (Temporary)
(January 29, 2019)
Description of Work:
The Klein Antisemitica Collection – one of the largest private collections of antisemitic objects – contains more than 2400 individual items, including posters, drawings, prints, periodicals, pamphlets, books, ephemera, and three-dimensional objects. In preparation for digitization by a vendor, the Project Assistant will create a complete item-level inventory of the collection, retaining the original arrangement of approximately 40 subject groups determined by the collector. As each group is inventoried, the Project Assistant will wrap and pack the two-dimensional objects for local shipping according to guidelines determined by project management. Of extreme importance is the careful handling of each item, maintenance of the original order of the items within the groups, great attention to detail in listing the spreadsheet data, and creating a packing list as each box is packed and numbered.
To meet project deadlines, the Project Assistant must complete the inventory and packing in three weeks, listing a minimum of 160 items per day. If necessary, a Collections staff member will assist in the packing.
ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library, archival or museum studies, or Master’s degree in liberal arts or humanities and successful completion of archival or museum training, or equivalent experience
Experience creating an inventory of a collection, or creating Microsoft Excel spreadsheets with large amounts of data that must be accurate and complete in a museum, archives or library setting
Ability to handle fragile documents carefully and maintain their current arrangement while listing and preparing for packing
Experience working under tight deadlines
Ability to work independently for much of the day
Knowledge of Jewish studies, 19th and 20th century history, or European languages a plus
Daily use of a computer
Able to begin work between February 18th and February 25th
Working as an independent contractor, compensation will be $30 per hour, 9:30 to 5:30 Monday through Friday for 3 weeks, with no withholdings and no benefits.
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