The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) Archive Center is seeking a temporary Archive Digitization Technician to prepare, image, and upload historical archival materials from the Museum of the American Indian/Heye Foundation collection (400 linear feet). As a part of the Smithsonian Institution, the NMAI Archive Center is the repository for primary sources documenting indigenous art, history, lifeways, and traditions. The center supports the mission of the museum by collecting, organizing, preserving and making available manuscripts, records, images, recordings, and ephemera that accurately reflects the historical and contemporary lives of Native peoples throughout the Western Hemisphere.
The project will include:
Digitizing a variety of historic archival documents (records, letters, diaries, albums, scrapbooks, booklets, manuscripts, ledgers, etc.) from the Museum of the American Indian/Heye Foundation collection (400 linear feet), using digital equipment (e.g. flatbed scanner or camera stand with associated computer hardware and software) to obtain high quality digital images.
- Handling the historic materials appropriately and with the utmost care. If needed, prepping the documents for scanning, including very minor preservation work.
- Naming files and entering metadata information following NMAI’s scanning guidelines. Maintains equipment, calibration, and color profiles in accordance to established specifications.
- Inspecting images for clarity, color, completeness, skew, etc. Creates derivative images according to established guidelines. Responsible for quality-control of the resulting digital images, normally at the time of capture. Attaches files to collection finding aid in Archivists Toolkit. Stores master images according to NMAI’s guidelines on a SAN (Stand Alone Network) and the Digital Asset Management System (Artesia).
- Adhering to scanning workflow requirements. Organizes workflow efficiently to maximize production and meet deadlines.
- Compiling statistics for project and individual work. Produces monthly reports as requested.
The candidate must possess the following:
- A minimum of (1) year equivalent experience in an archive or museum setting.
- A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Library Science, History, or Anthropology.
- Demonstrated experience with handling archival collections, scanning archival documents, and metadata entry.
- Skill in the use of electronic imaging equipment in order to scan a variety of historical documents requiring careful handling.
- Ability to learn and use the necessary software applications, including ISA Golden Thread, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Archivists’ Tookit, OmniPage, and the Digital Asset Management System (Artesia), for the management, recording, and tracking of resulting digital files.
- Skill in file naming conventions, and directory structures in order to enter, search, manage, process, and retrieve information in a database management system.
- Resume and three professional references.
Preference will be given to prospective candidates with relevant experience and education resulting in:
- Familiarity with handling archival collections; scanning equipment and related software; and archive content management systems, as demonstrated by either training or research experience.
- Excellent data management skills, organizational skills and attention to detail.
This position is part of a larger project to conduct preservation and digitization of the Museum of the American Indian/Heye Foundation records. The selected candidate will work directly for an already selected contract company, The Choice, Inc.
Project Timeline: August 2014 – September 2015. Project may be extended based on funding.
Hours and Pay: One full-time candidate, 40 hours week; $16.00/hour.
To apply: Please submit resume, cover letter, and three references to Michael Pahn at email@example.com