Helena, MT: Project Coordinator (term) – Natl Digital Newspaper Project, Montana Historical Society

Job Opening Title: Project Coordinator (term) – National Digital Newspaper Project

Employer Name: Montana Historical Society

Job Location: Helena, Montana

Application Deadline: January 19, 2022

Salary Range: $23.57 – 23.57 Hourly

Link to job posting: https://mtstatejobs.taleo.net/careersection/200/jobdetail.ftl?job=21143617

Years of experience required:

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: The Montana Historical Society seeks a full-time Project Coordinator for a National Digital Newspaper Project grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Project Coordinator is responsible for the overall management of the newspaper digitization project, including assisting with title selection, overseeing all technical and administrative activities, and managing relationships with external partners and vendors.

The Montana Historical Society Research Center Library holds the nation’s largest collection of published materials pertinent to the study of Montana’s history. The collection contains books and pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, maps, newspapers, posters and ephemera, and federal and state publications. The Montana Historical Society also holds extensive manuscript, photographic, and artifact collections pertaining to the fur trade, exploration, mining, railroads, early settlement, and other topics related to Montana and the west.

Essential duties and responsibilities include:
· Manage project staff and analyze project workflow for optimum function and efficiency, resolve problems as they arise.
· Establish priorities, set deadlines, and ensure deadlines are met.
· Work with Selection Advisory Board members, the Library of Congress, and NEH project staff.
· Work with vendor(s) to ensure quality deliverables and negotiate budgetary issues.
· Oversee the selection, digitization, metadata capture, OCR, workflow control, quality control, and other activities involved in digitizing historic newspapers.
· Responsible for reporting of microfilm selection data and digital deliverables fulfillment.
· Create documentation for newspaper digitization project and assists in preparing project reports.
· Respond to public, professional, and scholarly inquiries regarding the project.
· Provide outreach and training through presentations.
· Other duties as assigned.

This position oversees the Montana Digital Newspaper Project Technician.

This is the fifth NDNP grant that MHS has received. The focus of this grant will be on newspapers that capture the concerns of and events affecting Montana’s Native American population by identifying and digitizing newspapers that were published on or directly adjacent to the eight Indian reservations in Montana. The grant period runs from 2021-2023 and will digitize Montana newspapers published between the years of 1860 and 1963. Newspapers digitized as part of the grant award will be included in the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America database at https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/.


Candidates should possess strong communication skills, organizational ability and willingness to embrace innovation and change.

Experience with digitization projects and/or microfilm to digital conversion projects; metadata standards; and principles and standards of digitization.

Knowledge of METS and XML is required.

Candidates should have a master’s degree in library or information science or a closely related field, plus experience with digitization projects.

Hourly rate: $23.57
Schedule: Full-Time
Closes January 19, 2022
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