New York, NY/CA/Remote Work: PT Digital Archivist for 92Y Literary Email Project (term), 92nd Street Y

Job Opening Title: Digital Archivist for 92Y Literary Email Project (New York, California, or remote)

Employer Name: 92nd Street Y

Job Location: NYC, CA, or remote

Application Deadline: February 18, 2022

Salary Range:

Years of experience required: 1

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: Digital Archivist for 92Y Literary Email Project (New York, California, or remote)

92Y seeks an innovative digital archivist for a project that applies ePADD — the open-source software that supports the appraisal, processing, preservation, discovery and delivery of historical email archives, incorporating techniques from computer science and computational linguistics, including machine learning, natural-language processing, and named-entity recognition — to the email archive of the Unterberg Poetry Center, one of the world’s top presenters of live literary events featuring emerging and preeminent authors. Working closely with the Unterberg Poetry Center’s staff and the ePADD team at Stanford University Libraries, the digital archivist will join an effort to assess, process, and preserve the email collection with the aim of building an archive model that other cultural centers might learn from and adopt for their own purposes.

The Poetry Center’s email archive, comprising more than three-million messages and counting, records the day-to-day activities of an organization whose reading series has long served as an influential nexus in the wider community of contemporary letters, where literature meets its social and cultural-historical context most directly. For this project, the digital archivist will join a team utilizing ePADD to explore how best to process and preserve the email archive for public engagement and scholarly investigation.

This is a part-time position for 18 months, to be contracted as a 92Y consultant, that has the potential to be performed remotely. This project is supported by funding from the Email Archives : Building Capacity and Community (EA:BCC) project administered by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The EA:BCC program is a re-grant program from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that seeks to build email archiving capacity in archives, libraries, and museums.

Core Duties:
● Execute the assessment, processing, arrangement and description of born-digital email archives, according to standards such as DACS or ISAD(G), using the ePADD email appraisal, processing, and access software.
● Review email archive for restricted or sensitive data.
● Create and maintain documentation of email processing, including appraisal, transfer, discovery, access, and preservation for stewarding email archives.
● Collaborate with colleagues and with the broader digital archivist community to provide guidance and written recommendations to other cultural heritage institutions seeking to process, preserve and provide access to their email collections.
● Determine and implement best practices for processing and publishing 92Y’s email materials and/or metadata, particularly on privacy concerns, copyright and technical issues.
● Meet regularly via Zoom or some other virtual platform with 92Y Poetry Center as creators and depositors of archives, and with Stanford Libraries to advise on email processing and preservation.


Education & Experience:

● MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited graduate program or the equivalent

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
● Experience with relevant aspects of archival operations including understanding of contemporary archival practices, trends, and emerging technologies.
● Ability to work effectively in a team environment with stakeholders representing multiple institutions.
● Deep appreciation for and demonstrated understanding of the purpose and structure of archival-related discovery metadata and access environments.
● Knowledge of copyright and data protection issues.
● Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, as well as possess strong interpersonal skills. Excellent documentation skills.
● Ability to work independently, as a team member, and across organizational boundaries in a highly demanding environment.
● Flexibility to be organized, productive, and effective in a dynamic environment, involved with a variety of simultaneous projects.
● Interest in contemporary literature and digital humanities

Candidates should email Bernard Schwartz ( by February 18, 2022.

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