Pittsburgh, PA: Project Digitization Archivist, The Mattress Factory

Job Opening Title: Project Digitization Archivist


Job Location: 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Application Deadline: n/a

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Years of experience required: 2 years

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: PROJECT DIGITIZATION ARCHIVIST

Duration of appointment: 24 months – January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2021

FLSA status: Full time, Exempt

Grant funded by: Council on Library and Information Resources – Digitizing Hidden Collections

Salary: $35,568

Reports to: Archivist

The Mattress Factory, a contemporary art museum on the North Side of Pittsburgh founded in 1977. We feature site-specific installations created by artists in residence from around the world.

To be successful in this position, YOU MUST:
• Have a strong interest in archival management, particularly with archives relating to art and LGBTQIA+ issues.
• Be an energetic, team-oriented professional with excellent interpersonal, oral and written analytical and organizational skills.

This is a full-time, 24-month, grant-funded Project Digitization Archivist position.

The Mattress Factory, in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh, proposes a 24-month project to digitize and make accessible 14,153 items, including artwork, ephemera, periodicals, photographs, photo albums, slides and negatives, journals, and correspondence documenting the life and work of transgender artist Greer Lankton (1958-1996). The project will result in item-level catalog records and a finding aid to the digitized collection, available through the museum’s online archive. Lankton’s permanent installation, It’s all about ME, Not You, along with a rich trove of her now inaccessible personal papers, will comprise the largest archive devoted to this renowned artist and key figure during the intense artistic, social and politically transformative New York art scene in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Once completed, this project will contribute significant content and context to understanding Lankton’s art and allow for new scholarly study relating to issues of gender identity and tolerance.

• Work in collaboration with the Mattress Factory archivist and project consultants to create written digitization and data entry guidelines, providing step-by-step instructions to ensure accuracy and consistency
• Implement and document workflows for the capture and storage of digital assets and provide quality control
• Digitize and create item-level catalog records and a finding aid for the Greer Lankton Collection
• Ensures digitization standards (i.e., FADGI) are met and metadata quality is maintained
• Training and supervising of project fellows and interns
• Operate digitization equipment and associated software
• Generate project reports and maintain project statistics

• MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution with specialization in archival administration, plus two years professional experience working in an archive, museum, library or other cultural heritage institution, or comparable experience
• Supervisory and project management experience
• Demonstrated understanding of archival collections and principles of arrangement and description creating completed finding aids
• Knowledge of digitization processes, metadata creation and digital content management systems
• Knowledge of relevant standards for archival description including DACS, EAD and familiarity with other related metadata standards
• Understanding of digital still image file creation, including image size, bit depth, color profiling, image resolution and compression
• Must possess excellent interpersonal, oral and written, analytical and organizational skills
• Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively
• Ability to work efficiently and meet project goals and deadlines

Email a cover letter and resume to jobs@mattress.org. Please put “Digitization Archivist” in the subject line.

No calls, please.

The Mattress Factory is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The museum is committed to workplace diversity and to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.