Juneau, AK: Digital Librarian/Project Coordinator (term), Alaska State Library

Job Opening Title: Digital Librarian/ Project Coordinator

Employer Name: Alaska State Library

Job Location: Juneau

Application Deadline: July 12, 2019

Link to job posting: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/alaska/jobs/2488808/librarian-i-pcn-05-n17003

Years of experience required: Masters in Library and Information Science or equivalent

Job Description  Are you a digitally savvy librarian, excited about history, interested in computer programming and Big Data?

Is it a high priority for you to continually and independently develop your professional skills and knowledge?

Are you a self-starter who thrives in a collaborative atmosphere?

Do you love organization and details, as well as innovation and new ideas?

If this sounds like you, we need you to assist with Alaska’s Digital Newspaper project at the Department of Education & Early Development (DEED), Division of Libraries, Archives & Museums!

In 2016, the Alaska State Library became a participant in the joint National Endowment for the Humanities, Library of Congress National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). We are preserving and making accessible historically significant Alaska newspapers via the national portal and searchable database, Chronicling America, hosted by Library of Congress. Now in the second grant award period 2018-2020, we expect to complete digital production of 100,000-110,000 pages of Alaska newspapers to be uploaded by Library of Congress. There is room for you to learn and grow in this job, and to add your own flair and skills to our outreach campaign, and all other aspects of the project!

The position is long-term, non-permanent with benefits. The project is scheduled to last through August 31, 2020, with the possibility of extension.

The selected candidate will work with the division NDNP team in the brand new Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff building in downtown Juneau. Recently awarded the distinction of being one of the 50 most beautiful library spaces in America, the building also houses the State Archives and the award winning State Museum. Year round outdoor and cultural activities are many and close at hand, and the University of Alaska Southeast is just a few miles away.

The incumbent will be responsible for day-to-day coordination and management of the Alaska Digital Newspaper Project, including technical, administrative, and outreach activities. The incumbent will oversee digital conversion of historic Alaska newspapers, working with staff and vendors to ensure quality microfilm duplication and delivery of enhanced images for preservation and access, following Library of Congress Technical Guidelines. She or he collaborates with the Project Director on projects, including, but not limited to: coordinating a newspaper title selection committee; facilitating, tracking and reporting on deliverables and grant progress; working with microfilm and metadata, which includes evaluating newspaper microfilm quality and suitability for digitization, performing metadata capture, and quality review of all project derivatives; coordinating with vendors and Library of Congress, working with Library of Congress to meet cataloging standards, and copyright research. The person in this position develops delivery schedules, maintains a tracking system for microfilm and digital deliverables, updates the library’s Alaska newspaper database, and maintains and reports complete and accurate records of all work.

In addition, she or he collaborates with the Project Director to deliver progress reports on a specified semi-annual schedule; responds to public, professional and scholarly inquiries; develops creative outreach using social media and exhibits; and collaborates on historical essay writing. The incumbent will have an opportunity to travel to attend annual National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) meetings in Washington, DC. In addition, she or he may be involved in collaborating with Alaskan libraries to launch and develop state newspaper projects.

Our ideal applicant will possess some or all of the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience:
Strong attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, including the ability to work with a variety of people from diverse backgrounds. Strong writing skills desired, as well as social media skills.
Knowledge of standards-based metadata schemas (non-MARC and/or MARC) and governing standards in digital libraries. Knowledge of digital formats such as XML (Extensible Markup Language).
Experience with and/or a solid understanding of digitization and/or microfilm conversion projects, including microfilm inspection and assessment for digitization. Projects could include still images, monographs or serials, newspapers, microforms, oversize flat objects, audiovisual, or film. Familiarity with NDNP is considered a bonus.
Willingness to research and implement a new program.
Commitment to scholarship and diverse perspectives in history.
Creativity and some knowledge of media promotion and/or graphic design.
Ability to spend long periods of time working at a computer or digital scanner, and to physically lift/carry boxes weighing up to 30 pounds.
Please note: In order to advance to the interview phase of the recruitment process, applicants MUST document their skill or experience with each of the traits listed above in their cover letter. Applicants are NOT required to have experience with every trait. If you do not have experience in a particular area, simply say so.


Master’s degree from an accredited college in library or information science, media services, or a closely related field.


A cover letter is required for this position. The cover letter should highlight your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience as they relate to the key responsibilities and desired traits listed in the job description above. Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, fax it to the contact number provided in the job posting.

Your cover letter will be used as a writing sample and will be used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.

If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the minimum qualifications listed above. If utilizing this education, you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the post-secondary institution. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.

Questions regarding application submission or system operation errors should be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 1-800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465-4095 if you are located in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to recruitment.services@alaska.gov. If you choose to be contacted by email, please ensure your email address is correct on your application and that the spam filter will permit email from the ‘governmentjobs.com‘ domains.

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The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or 465-4095 in Juneau or TTY: Alaska Relay 711 or 1-800-770-8973 or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P.O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.

At the time of interview, applicants must provide the following documentation, if it is not already attached to their application package:
Names and contact information for at least three professional references who are familiar with your work.
Copies of their college transcripts.
A 2-3 page writing sample authored solely by the applicant.


Name: Anastasia Tarmann
Fax #: 465-2806
Email: Anastasia.Tarmann@alaska.gov

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