Job Opening Title: Map Project Assistant
Institution/Organization Name: Brooklyn Historical Society
Job Location (City, State, Province, Country): Brooklyn, New York
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Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is seeking a Map Project Assistant for a grant-funded digitization and online access project called Portal to the Past: Creating Brooklyn Historical Society’s Digital Map Collection that includes facilitating digitization, photography, and conservation; some preservation work; digital asset management; metadata preparation; and website coordination. Tasks entail handling delicate and valuable manuscript and published maps manipulating metadata for multiple online access catalogs, creating blog and social media posts, and making presentations to professional audiences related to the collection and project. This project intersects with the Revealing Long Island History project so that project staff will prioritize cataloging, digitization, and access to maps with direct and tangential relationships to the history of Long Island. Both project teams will coordinate activities to maximize the goals for each project. The Assistant’s direct supervisor is Julie May, Managing Director of Library & Archives while also working closely with the Map Cataloger and Digital Projects Archivist.
About the Grant-funded Project
BHS’s project, Portal to the Past, to digitize the institution’s extensive collection of Brooklyn-centric flat and folded maps was designed in response to ongoing feedback from researchers and BHS staff with regard to current level of access to maps, particularly for the purpose of research and re-use in educational materials and academic publications. In addition, it answers the need to make Long Island materials accessible by overlapping with the goals set forth in the Revealing Long Island History project. The project will consist of five major activities toward the ultimate goal of delivering digital images of maps and corresponding metadata online for broad access: 1) enhancement of cataloging data to include GIS coordinates; 2) professional conservation, where needed; 3) boutique and mass digitization; 4) creation of an interoperable metadata set for deployment to online access tools; 5) development of a map-dedicated online portal
• Enhance MARC records with GIS coordinates
• Coordinate and track maps for conservation and digitization
• Create blog and social media posts promoting the collection and project
• Manipulate metadata files for ingest into multiple online access tools
• Flatten and encapsulate folded maps
• Arrange in-house photo shoot and assist photographer
• Work with other project staff to create wireframes; work with developers and designers
• Populate map portal with metadata and digital assets
• Illicit feedback from stakeholders about portal design and usability
• Experience handling rare and delicate archival materials preferred
• Familiarity with online access catalogs
• Experience manipulating datasets
• Cataloging experience preferred
• Digitization experience required
• MLIS program graduate with a concentration in Archival Management, Museum Studies, Cultural Informatics, Digital Humanities, User Experience, or Digital Management for Cultural Heritage or Rare Books and Special Collections in the Digital World.
• Familiarity with the geographic landscape of Brooklyn and Long Island preferred
• Project coordination experience preferred
2 days per week during normal business hours: Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm. This is a grant-funded term position beginning August 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019. Pay rate is $25/hour. Benefits include free admittance to NYC museums.
Post a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line of the email should read: [last name] Map Project Assistant. No phone calls please.
About Brooklyn Historical Society and The Othmer Library
The Brooklyn Historical Society Library was one of only a handful of cultural organizations in the fast-growing City of Brooklyn in the mid-nineteenth century. Founded in 1863, the library has a premier collection of research materials on the history of Brooklyn that today includes over 100,000 bound volumes, 60,000 graphic images, 2,000 linear feet of manuscripts, and over 2,000 maps and atlases. The library also holds family histories and genealogies, rare books, periodicals, serials, journals, personal papers, institutional records, and oral histories that document Brooklyn’s many different ethnic groups and neighborhoods. The collection was designated a major research library by the U.S. Department of Education and has been used by countless students, teachers, genealogists, researchers and scholars.
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.