Project Librarian

Baton Rouge
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Created: May 31, 2013


Project: NEH Digitization Grant “Free People of Color in Louisiana: Revealing an Unknown Past”

The “Free People of Color in Louisiana: Revealing an Unknown Past” project funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant will digitize and catalog a minimum of 25,000 pages of manuscript materials, from originals and microfilm,  sourced from five different repositories in Louisiana. The resulting collection will be available in the Louisiana Digital Library:

The Project Librarian will manage daily operations and workflow, digitize materials, supervise a graduate assistant and student workers, and coordinate the work of other staff contributing to the project. The incumbent will report to the LSU Libraries Special Collections Curator of Manuscripts and will work primarily in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Specific duties include:

60%     Manage day-to-day project operations and workflow, including setting standards and procedures, communicating with the project Advisory Board, overseeing the digitization and cataloging of all materials, assisting with the organization and prioritization of materials to be digitized, working with all project partners to coordinate digitization efforts, performing quality control checks on all digital assets created, maintaining project records, compiling statistics, preparing reports, monitoring project budget, assisting with creation and maintenance of the project website, and facilitating project publicity and outreach. Also hire and supervise a Project Graduate Assistant, hire, train, and supervise the project student workers, and coordinate work of other staff contributing to the project.

40%     Perform digitization of materials and create associated descriptive metadata in Dublin Core; upload images, cataloging records, and associated files into the Louisiana Digital       Library; assist in design, creation, and
maintenance of project website.

Required qualifications: Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program; a minimum of one year’s experience working in a library or archives setting; demonstrated strength in communication and organizational skills; practical experience with digitization processes; demonstrated knowledge of metadata practices and standards; knowledge of and experience  using Dublin Core; ability to travel to New Orleans to consult with GA and staff at participating institutions, including three overnight stays.

Preferred qualifications:  Substantial project management and supervisory experience; knowledge of and experience using DACS ; experience processing and describing archival collections;  experience with microfilm to digital conversion; reading competency in French; experience reading 19th-century manuscripts; knowledge of Louisiana and/or African American history.

This is an 18-month, grant-funded position for a general librarian.  Additional information about the grant is available at

Salary: $45,000/year

Application deadline is June 12, 2013 or until the position has been filled.  Go to to apply for this position.

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