The Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC) seeks a forward thinking and data savvy metadata expert to join the RAC in the position of an Assistant Digital Archivist. This person will not only be intimately familiar with the principles of archival description but also have experience creating original description for a diverse range of digital materials.
The candidate will provide expertise to support the analysis, selection, and implementation of metadata schemas appropriate to the cataloging and discovery platforms at the RAC. Reporting to the Assistant Director- Head of Digital Programs, the successful candidate will collaborate with archivists throughout the RAC, providing training and supervision as assigned.
The candidate will be expected to explore software tools and applications of different technologies for cataloging and metadata production and maintenance; identify, implement, and test applications that will help automate or improve the efficiency and productivity of RAC’s operations, especially those related to scanning and digital duplication; manage documentation and promote knowledge transfer and training for descriptive and digitization practices at the RAC; maintain knowledge of and participate in national and international developments in metadata standards, cataloging, bibliographic and authority control; and participate in professional development activities.
Required minimum qualifications:
• ALA accredited MLIS or Masters in Information Science or Archival Science.
• Familiarity with the Archivists’ Toolkit.
• Experience managing scanning and digital digitization workflows.
• Knowledge of cataloging and metadata schema, including EAD, EAC-CPF,
Dublin Core, MODS, METS, PREMIS, MARCXML, TEI, RDA, and other emerging data standards such as linked data and semantic web development and technologies.
• Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects while developing and
documenting workflows and meeting deadlines.
• Experience creating, reviewing, editing and bulk loading metadata or content for digital collections.
• Experience working independently and collaboratively.
• Demonstrated knowledge of the principles of content description.
• Experience with XML editors and performing XSLT transformations.
• Aptitude for complex, analytical work with attention to detail.
• Demonstrated problem solving skills and flexibility.
• Excellent oral and written skills.
• Excellent interpersonal skills.
• Proficient computer skills and experience with various operating systems,
including Windows, Mac, Linux, or Unix.
• Two or more years of experience working in archival and library settings.
• Experience performing data migration and transformation between systems and metadata standards, as well as converting analog description into structured digital metadata.
• Experience providing training and metadata expertise to staff.
• Experience administering content discovery systems such as XTF and Omeka.
• Knowledge of database structure and SQL query languages.
• Knowledge of search platforms, including Apache Solr.
• Knowledge of and experience using scripting languages, such as Python, Java and PHP.
The Rockefeller Archive Center is a repository of historic documents in a wide variety of media and a research center dedicated to the study of philanthropy and the diverse domains shaped by philanthropy. It was established in 1974 to assemble, preserve, and make accessible the records of the Rockefeller family and their wide-ranging philanthropic endeavors (including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Rockefeller University). Today, the Center's growing holdings include materials from numerous non-Rockefeller foundations and nonprofit organizations, making it a premier center for research on philanthropy and civil society. It is also a major repository for the personal papers of leaders of the philanthropic community, Nobel Prize laureates, and world-renowned investigators in science and medicine.
Through the scholars it serves and the broader community it reaches with its publications, workshops, and symposia, the Archive Center is a vital resource for research and public dialogue on the contributions of philanthropy to the well-being of people throughout the world.
Please submit letter of interest along with resume via email or mail to:
Rockefeller Archive Center
15 Dayton Avenue
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
No phone calls please.
How to apply
Published: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 15:27 UTC
Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:45 UTC