New York, NY: Oral History Processing Archivist, Brooklyn Historical Society


Oral History Processing Archivist at Brooklyn Historical Society


Reporting to the Head of Collections Management and working closely with the Director of Oral History, the successful candidate will be responsible for processing, arranging, and describing the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations (CBBG) oral history collection according to established project procedures and best practices for in-house and online access. CBBG is an oral history project and public programming series that examines the history and experiences of mixed-heritage people and families, cultural hybridity, race, ethnicity, and identity in the historically diverse borough of Brooklyn (

Using Archivists’ Toolkit and OHMS: Oral History Metadata Synchronizer, the processing archivist will add to the EAD finding aid according to the standards set forth in BHS’s oral history and archival processing manuals and Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS), will also be responsible for exporting that descriptive record from the Toolkit and importing in to a variety of other systems for public access; updating and maintaining procedures and policies; and providing information for reports to senior staff. The archivist will process other archival collections once CBBG materials are completed to include other oral history, visual, and manuscript archival collections.


· Masters in Library and Information Science, or equivalent degree, with a specialization in archival studies and completion of a library cataloging course.

· Previous experience working with CMS and ILS systems; familiarity with WordPress content management systems; experience specifically with Archivists’ Toolkit and/or Ex Libris Primo and Aleph is highly desirable.

· 2-3 years post-MLS archival processing and description experience, including an understanding of pragmatic and efficient processing procedures.

· Familiarity with MARC and EAD; AACR2 and DACS; and with the use and application of standardized vocabularies.

· Experience creating collection-specific thesauri and natural-language tagging and application of these standardized vocabularies.

· Experience working with digital assets, specifically audio and video.

Comfort on both Mac and PC and web-based platforms such as WordPress, Drupal, Vimeo, and SoundCloud
Understanding and enthusiasm for new archival and digital humanities technology such as OHMS: Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (training provided).

· Ability to lift, bend, and reach boxes or volumes weighing up to 40 lbs.

· Extremely organized, detail-oriented, ability to stay on-task in a complex environment

· Ability to work independently and ensure that work is accomplished in a timely and accurate manner


· Experience with racial justice / anti-oppression dialogue

· Undergraduate degree in history, sociology, or related fields.

· Working knowledge of U.S. and Brooklyn history.


May 12, 2014


May 30, 2014

About the Project:

Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations, an oral history project and public programming series, examines the history and experiences of mixed-heritage people and families, cultural hybridity, race, ethnicity, and identity in the historically diverse borough of Brooklyn.

Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations is a project of the Brooklyn Historical Society which builds upon BHS’s oral history collections. Begun in 1973, the oral history collections contain interviews with more than 800 narrators and are available for listening in the Othmer Library.

Through sharing stories, we open up intergenerational conversations about preserving cultural heritage in a multicultural democracy.

About Brooklyn Historical Society:

Brooklyn Historical Society connects the past to the present and makes the vibrant history of Brooklyn tangible, relevant, and meaningful for today’s diverse communities, and for generations to come.

Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn’s extraordinary 400-year history. Located in Brooklyn Heights and housed in a magnificent landmark building designed by George Post and opened in 1881, today’s BHS is a cultural hub for civic dialogue, thoughtful engagement and community outreach.


Full time, temporary position to start as early as June 1, 2014 and ending September 30, 2014 with the possibility of extension. Salary is competitive and based on experience. Salary requirements should be specified in cover letter.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and references to: Subject line of the email should read: Oral History Processing Archivist Application [your last name]. Applications will be reviewed immediately. No phone calls please.

The Brooklyn Historical Society is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion national origin, the presence of any mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.


Source: Thanks to Julie M. for this one!

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