Metadata Editor/Digital Project Librarian- The German Historical Institute- Washington, D.C.

Metadata Editor/Digital Project Librarian

The German Historical Institute Washington DC (part of the Max Weber Foundation – International Humanities in Bonn, Germany) seeks to fill the following full-time, three-year, grant-funded position from February 2018 to January 2021:

The applicant will support the relaunch and expansion of the GHI’s flagship digital project, German History in Documents and Images/Deutsche Geschichte in Dokumenten und Bildern.


The Metadata Editor/Digital Project Librarian will assist in the migration of all legacy data (historical documents, images, and maps) from the project’s existing infrastructure to a new, customized, open-source publication platform designed for interdisciplinary humanities projects. The Metadata Editor/Digital Project Librarian will be responsible for the enrichment, in accordance with best practices in the digital humanities and information sciences, of all legacy data as well as all new historical sources, including multimedia files. In addition to contributing to the hands-on data enrichment and TEI markup work, the Metadata Editor/Digital Project Librarian will supervise students and volunteers involved in these work processes. Additionally, the Metadata Editor/Digital Project Librarian will: assist with the acquisition and copyright permission processes for new sources (texts and document facsimiles as well as images and multimedia files); correspond with libraries, archives, and other institutional partners; assist with source-related research, as needed; and contribute to source digitization.

Preferred Qualifications:

M.A. in library science/information science or digital humanities and at least three years of relevant professional experience
Understanding of current issues in data use, curation, and management
Familiarity with historical projects, research, and sources
Ability to understand content structures and key metadata and their uses by researchers,teachers, and students
Knowledge of cataloging rules and standards, controlled vocabularies, controlled formats; knowledge of LC subject headings and classification schedules and authority control
Knowledge of resource description standards and formats; familiarity with non-MARC metadata standards and schemas, such as Dublin Core, MODS, METS, and TEI
Understanding of linked data principles, including RDF and ontologies
Ability to review XML, XHTML, and other markup
Experience migrating and remediating legacy metadata
Experience supervising staff, especially student workers
Experience with OCR software or other transcription methods
Experience with copyright acquisition processes, especially for digital projects
Flexibility and a willingness to shift directions, as needed
Good knowledge of German and English, both spoken and written
Good communication and project management skills
Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must have a valid green card or G4 visa with an unrestricted work permit.

The GHI offers a competitive salary and a generous benefits package, and is an equal opportunity employer and family-friendly workplace.

Please apply with a cover letter, a CV, and the names of two references by December 4, 2017. Applications should be submitted via email at

Questions about the application process can be sent to either Mr. Boehm ( or Ms. Kelly McCullough (

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