Rowley, MA: Asst Digitization Librarian, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum

Job Opening Title:
Assistant Digitization Librarian

Name of Employer:
Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum

Job Site Location (City, State) :
Rowley, MA

Application Deadline:
April 10, 2023

Minimum Degree Requirement:

Years of experience required:

Salary Range:
$24 – 25.50/hour

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Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Include instructions for how to apply.:
The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum is among the oldest libraries in America. Rich primary and secondary sources – including vast quantities of manuscripts, books, photographs, maps, broadsides and ephemera – make it a fruitful location for research and discovery. The library is based at PEM’s James B. and Mary Lou Hawkes Collection Center, a state-of-the-art facility with secure and climate-controlled storage, in Rowley, Massachusetts.

The Library seeks a full-time, collaborative Assistant Digitization Librarian who will be responsible for digitizing and making accessible a variety of materials in the Phillips Library collection. They will handle rare, valuable, and often fragile research materials with care while producing high-quality digital images using the library’s equipment. The ADL will then manage the processes of making the images and associated metadata accessible to the public and providing for the long-term storage of the master files. This position will create and maintain documentation for equipment, workflows, and software, as well as coordinate digitization projects with external vendors and partners. They will train library and museum staff, interns, fellows, and volunteers to use relevant equipment and software, monitoring the quality of the resulting product. They will fulfill reproduction orders from museum staff and visiting researchers, and assist in the promotion of digitized items via social media and other channels. Thorough, effective and clear communication with colleagues and partners is essential.
The Assistant Digitization Librarian works closely with the Library Director and the Reference and Access Services Librarian to determine the overall direction of the digitization initiative and its priorities. They will be skilled in project management, flexible, creative, curious, critical thinking, interested in equity and increasing the diversity of our collections and support of eradicating harmful language from our records. Their work will take place primarily at PEM’s James B. and Mary Lou Hawkes Collection Center in Rowley, Massachusetts.

ALA-accredited MLIS/MIS in library and information science, or equivalent combination of
education, training and experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities to meet the requirements. The Phillips Library will provide training for some required experiences and abilities. Individuals must be detail-oriented and self-motivated, and able to work independently and collaboratively in a small team environment with strong organizational and time management skills. Previous experience photographing rare books, manuscripts, archival materials and other objects for library digitization projects; experience working in a research library, museum, or archives setting a plus; advanced rare book and manuscript handling experience. Knowledge of Macs and PCs and ability to work in a networked environment required and; experience with any of the following software packages and platforms is preferred: Adobe Lightroom, Bridge, and Photoshop, Capture One, Quartex, ExLibris Voyager, NetX, Google Workspace, Microsoft Excel.

Additionally, experience using an integrated library system; knowledge of metadata standards such as Dublin Core; knowledge of archival cataloging and arrangement standards is desirable.

Reliable transportation required as well as comfort using mobile computing tools, such as laptops and tablets; the ability to lift, carry, and position books and other materials weighing up to 15 lbs and stored on shelves up to 12 feet high. Comfort working at a desk with fragile paper-based materials with some exposure to dust and dormant mold.

Applications received by April 10, 2023 will be given priority consideration. PEM is committed to diversity among its employees and encourages qualified candidates of all backgrounds to apply.

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