The archival collections at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
(papers, oral histories, photographs, sound recordings, and moving image
materials) are owned and administered by the National Archives and Records
Administration (NARA). In 2005, the Kennedy
Library and NARA leadership partnered with the John F. Kennedy Library
Foundation to develop a strategic plan for the systematic digitization of the
Library’s core archival holdings related to the life and career of John F.
Kennedy. The Library’s digitization program was formally launched in 2007 with
generous financial and in-kind support from the Foundation, private donors, and
corporate partners. Since that time, the archives digitization team has
facilitated online access to a rich and broad spectrum of key archival holdings
in all formats.
ABOUT THE POSITION
Digitization Archivist is responsible for digitizing, ingesting into DAMS
storage, preserving, describing, and publishing online the Archives’ holdings
in all formats. This position involves participation in both short- and long-term
digitization projects of varying size and scope, including grant- and
donor-funded projects. Whether the project is in-house, in-sourced, or
out-sourced, the Digitization Archivist will develop
project timelines; perform imaging, ingest, and metadata work; ensure that
project benchmarks are met; and complete project reporting requirements. The primary goal is to plan the approach and
creation of appropriate metadata that will describe and facilitate access to
digital images created from physical records in support of digital
initiatives. This individual will report
to the Library’s Deputy Director.
Responsibilities include, but are not
Create metadata to
support digitization projects, establish intellectual control over digitized
resources, and prepare resources and metadata for submission to other
headings and keywords, perform basic authority work, search databases and
compile and/or verify existing descriptive information, resolve basic indexing
problems, and undertake any special indexing/metadata projects and
Work on large-scale
imaging production projects, but may also perform metadata creation, and data
entry for a range of other projects, including digitization for social media,
online exhibits, routine imaging, special requests, and other moderately
complex digitization projects in support of the Library and Foundation.
devices to capture raster image files of a range of materials, including loose
and bound paper documents of all sizes and photographic prints, audio tracks
Perform ongoing checks
of their work as well as the work of others to confirm standards are being
maintained, including management of metadata workflow, participation in quality
control, editing, and database maintenance of metadata records.
experienced staff carry out their duties by providing guidance and informal
and update all policies, procedures, standards, and workflows related to
digitization and description (i.e., scanning, quality control, ingest, metadata
creation, preservation, and online access).
work independently with moderate to minimal guidance, and collaborate
successfully with coworkers on large projects. Demonstrate customer-service
skills through interaction with a wide variety of personnel such as archivists,
administrators, and specialists, as well as interact with vendors and
In support of larger digitization projects,
contribute to/assist in developing project plans and workflows that take into
account resource levels and timelines, and assist in contributing to reports
and other documentation. Monitor and draft progress report(s)
on the project against milestones.
LOCATION, COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
Salary range: $48,000
KENNEDY LIBRARY FOUNDATION BACKGROUND:
The John F. Kennedy Library
Foundationis a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization founded in 1984 to
provide financial support, staffing, and creative resources for the John F.
Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, a presidential library administered by
the National Archives and Records Administration. The Kennedy Presidential
Library and the Kennedy Library Foundation seek to promote, through educational
and community programs, a greater appreciation and understanding of American
politics, history, and culture, the process of governing and the importance of
public service. The Foundation seeks to
carry forward President Kennedy’s legacy.
The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is
committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity toward all
communities and individuals who may seek our services, for all employees,
qualified applicants and volunteers, in every area of employment, without
regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy (and pregnancy-related
conditions), gender identity or expression, citizenship status, national
origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability,
genetic disposition or carrier status, marital status, familial status, status
as a victim of domestic violence, military or veteran status or any other
category protected under applicable federal, state or local law.
encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.
The John F.
Kennedy Library Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.
candidate will possess the following qualifications:
Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g.,
Library Science with an archives concentration, Archives Management, public
Working knowledge and
familiarity with different types of metadata, library and archival metadata
standards, use and implementation of subject headings, access points, and/or
controlled vocabularies in a library/archival context, and document indexing
with file types across archival media and with all phases of digital content
Knowledge of quality
control procedures, relating to the creation and review of descriptive
metadata, and technical/structural metadata, which describes archival records
in the context of digital imaging projects.
Practical knowledge of
online databases, data entry procedures, automated systems/software
applications for indexing records and collections, XML editors, networked
applications, digital asset management applications, and file directory
structures, maintenance, organization, and storage.
Knowledge of archives
administration, security, preservation, and digitization practices
required of the arrangement and description of archival records.
Understanding of copyright and rights management
Ability to organize
work, setting and maintaining priorities in a production environment, and
meeting quality and quantity standards.
Ability to perform
assigned tasks with accuracy and attention to detail. Excellent customer service and communication
skills are required.
Ability to work
independently and as a member of a team.
Ability to improve
processes by assessing procedures and developing and implementing changes as
appropriate; contributing to development of indexing and metadata creation
practices for digital projects.