Digital Projects & Metadata Librarian

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Created: July 11, 2016


About the Library
The American Philosophical Society (APS) is an internationally recognized center for research in the history of science, early America, Native American linguistics, and anthropology. The Library houses over 13 million manuscripts, 350,000 volumes and bound periodicals, 250,000 images, and thousands of hours of audio material. We are located in historic Old City Philadelphia, near Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.

About the Department
The Technology Department oversees the technical infrastructure of the APS, the full suite of library-specific search and discovery tools, and digital humanities initiatives. The department is committed to open source technology and the promotion of open data.

Within the Library, the department works collaboratively with all staff members to make the collections accessible to the world, identify material for digitization, and build digital projects. The department is a collaborative and growing community that includes Digital Humanities Fellows, Digital Library Interns and volunteers.

About the Position
In this newly created position, the Library seeks a full-time member of the Technology Department to contribute to the planning, design, and development of digital projects using APS collections. 

As a member of a small team, the Digital Projects & Metadata Librarian will work closely with the Head of Technology to complete digital projects by assisting in project planning, content creation, digitization, data management, and metadata standardization. The Digital Projects & Metadata Librarian will work alongside fellows, interns and volunteers in the Technology Department to complete a well-rounded team focused on library innovation and digital access.

The Digital Projects & Metadata Librarian will ensure proper metadata standards for the APS digital repository and will serve one or more shifts in the reading room per week.

● MLS from ALA-accredited institution and additional advanced degree (master’s degree or higher); or a master’s degree in a related subject and Academy of Certified Archivists certification (or willingness to become certified within one year)
● Demonstrated experience digitizing diverse media types
● Demonstrated experience building digital exhibitions, websites or other online tools
● Knowledge of cataloging and descriptive standards such as EAD-XML, Dublin Core, MODS, or RDF
● Demonstrated experience with JavaScript, PHP, jQuery, Ruby, Python or XSLT is preferred
● Familiarity with Islandora, Drupal, and/or Fedora is preferred
● Experience with manuscript processing is preferred
● 1-3 years working with digital repositories and/or digital object cataloging
● 1-3 years working in an academic library, special collections library or archive
● Excellent written and oral communication skills
● Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work successfully in a collaborative team environment
● Strong analytical and problem solving skills and the ability to formulate options and recommend solutions

Benefits and Compensation

The Society offers a competitive benefits package, including
• Employer paid health insurance
• TIAA-CREF retirement matching funds
• Dental insurance
• Life and Disability insurance
• Paid Days Off

Salary: Low 40s.

To Apply
Send résumé, cover letter, and contact information for three references to:, using the subject line “Digital Projects and Metadata Librarian”.

The American Philosophical Society is an EOE, and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.

Deadline to apply: August 15, 2016.

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