Webinar – Masters of Science in Library and Information Science

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what a Master’s in Library and Information Science can do for You.

Date: Wednesday, June 20

Time: 4:30pm ET

Link: http://lis.cua.edu/events/infosessions.cfm

 

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Babak Zarin publishes article in Journal of Science Fiction

Babak Zarin (MSLIS 2019) researched sound preservation and amateur archives vis-à-vis “filk,” the subculture of science-fiction-and-fantasy-related folk music, for a paper he wrote in Dr. Jane Zhang’s LSC 677 Cultural Heritage Institutions class. That paper is an article in the November 2019 issue of Journal of Science Fiction.  Read “’And History’s Lamps Blow Out’: Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Filk” online.

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Angela Brooks (MSLIS 2020) penned a blog post – Smithsonian Libraries / Unbound

 

We are proud and excited to share Angela Brooks’s recent post in the Smithsonian Libraries Unbound about her internship experience in the Smithsonian Libraries:
“An Internship to Remember: Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex.”

Read entire article in the link below:

An Internship to Remember: Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

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Part-time Paid Opportunity to Built Printed Ephemera Archive

Cynthia Adams Hoover, Emeritus Curator of Musical Instruments at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is looking for help organizing an archive of her late husband’s printed ephemera collection.  The collection would be of particular interest to anyone interested in letter press printing, The American Print History Association, or someone keen to gain experience with a organizing a printed ephemera collection.

Details:
The hours are flexible — one or two visits a week for a few hours at a time as you can fit it into your schedule, and even that isn’t very rigid.  Archival supplies have already been purchased, a skeleton structure for retrieval has been set-up using google sheets, and the collection is clean and relatively organized.  We’re hoping to find someone who has the time to dedicate to the project.  Pay is $15/hr.  The location is Bethesda, MD.  You will need your own transportation, laptop, and something with which to take photographs (an iPhone works great).

Contact:
If this sounds like something you might be interested in helping with, please send an e-mail to Marianna Stell at mariannarosestell@gmail.com.

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Deputy Program Manager – Washington, DC

LAC Group seeks an experienced Deputy Program Manager (DPM) for a position with a prestigious government library located in the Washington, D.C. area. The DPM will be responsible for the library outreach and communication services. Work will be performed on-site with occasional telework offered. This is an ongoing, full time (40 hour a week; Monday-Friday) benefited contract position.

Responsibilities:

  • Serves as the point of contact responsible and accountable for contractor performance
  • Focal point for ensuring that all deliverables exceed expectations and are submitted in a timely manner
  • Maintain close coordination with the client and make sure all performance requirements are met
  • Management of information services team
  • Provide reference assistance
  • Work with the Program Manager in the development of special tasks and project assignments.

Qualifications:

  • MLS from an ALA-accredited institution
  • Progressively responsible experience providing leadership in a library setting, familiarity with the application of technology across the spectrum of library services, and the ability to steer large-scale projects to completion.
  • Minimum 1 year of management experience
  • Experience supporting a Program Manager or in a position providing leadership for a functional area in the planning, implementation, and delivery of virtual library, digital preservation, and knowledge management services.
  • Previous experience with federal libraries and a background in scientific and technical information are highly desirable.
  • Experience with SIRSI preferred

To apply, please visit: https://lac.gp/36VF7ND

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Object Cataloger – Bowie, MD

Corestaff Services is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Object Cataloger on a government contract. We are recruiting for a museum or library professional for this project. The location is Bowie, MD.

This position reports to an on-site project manager and is part of a team that examines, researches, and describes artifacts, and writes donor biographies and historical summaries for the Museum’s online collections catalog. The work combines historical research and object research to tell the story of the artifact and its owner within the context of the Holocaust and World War II.

Responsibilities:

Duties include:

  • handling, examining, and describing delicate objects of various types
  • reviewing and assessing accession and donor documents
  • critical analysis of source information and synthesizing complex research
  • creating detailed catalog records per project standards and guidelines, and in accordance with Library of Congress and other recognized systems
  • writing original biographies and object narratives from institutional files, databases, and other research
  • managing time efficiently, working on multiple projects, and following through effectively with all issues and tasks
  • working independently and as part of a small, high performance team
  • additional tasks, as needed

Requirements:

Qualifications include:

  • excellent research and record keeping skills
  • experience in the handling of delicate artifacts
  • experience with collections management and research databases
  • consistency and attention to accuracy and detail
  • ability to analyze information and complete complex research projects
  • strong writing skills and ability to follow editorial and format guidelines
  • strong work ethic, with the ability to work both collaboratively and independently

Experience working with museum and/or library collections is essential. Foreign language skills are a plus. Clear, concise writing ability is required. Object handling/description and/or research experience is preferred but not required.

B.A. required, M.A. in Museum Studies, History, Art History, or Library Science strongly preferred.

Additional Information:

This is a full time contract position with benefits, including ten paid federal holidays, paid vacation and paid sick leave, Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliant health insurance and 401(k). There is no company sponsored relocation.

Corestaff Services is a nationwide professional staffing services firm, specializing in administrative/clerical, information technology, library/museum, records management and human resources placements.

Corestaff Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer – All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other factor determined to be unlawful under applicable law. Corestaff Services is not associated with Core Staffing Services, Inc. which operates in the New York metro area.

Submit resumes to contracts@corestaff.com

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Project Manager – Washington, DC

LAC Group is seeking a qualified Project Manager to work with Law materials at a major government library in Washington, DC. The ideal candidate will possess a strong attention to detail, be adaptable to change, and take direction well. This is a full time, on-site (40 hour a week; Monday to Friday) position with benefits.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide Quality Control support to federal staff
  • Create and maintain reports in excel
  • Communicate with federal and contract staff

Qualifications:

  • Master’s in Library Science from an ALA-accredited university
  • 3 years experience in a Law Library
  • Experience managing in a Law Library
  • Demonstrated experience reviewing completed work of others
  • Knowledge of processing legal materials in various languages
  • Understanding of cataloging procedures for legal monographs and/or serials
  • Experience using and inputting data into a Library ILS
  • Experience training staff

To apply, please visit: https://lac.gp/37YJhEK

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PAID DIGITAL PROJECTS INTERNSHIP (PART-TIME) – MindFinders,

STATEMENT OF WORK 

MindFinders is seeking a part-time digital projects intern to work with our client’s digital curation librarians processing digitized and born-digital archival collections.   

SCOPE OF WORK 

The part-time associate will participate in the following activities: 

  • Assist in developing and implementing workflow for processing born-digital objects into a new Digital Preservation Repository. 
  • Catalog digitized and born-digital material for import into content management system. 
  • Assist in digital preservation and digital collections outreach within the Library system and to the general public 
  • Scanning unique historical documents and images 
  • Create Metadata file in Microsoft Excel using Dublin Core best practices, uploading the final product into our content management system, and creating an archive file for each step of the process. 
  • Other duties may include assisting in the photo lab imaging three-dimensional and oversized items, as well as providing oversized printing and scanning services to patrons. 

This position is open to librarians, archivists and current Master of Library Science (MLS) students.  

REQUIREMENTS 

  • Strong interest in digital archives, digital preservation, and metadata in libraries. 
  • Master’s degree in Library Science (ALA-accredited or equivalent) or current student of such a program. 
  • Digital curation or digital archives coursework or experience applicable to libraries and cultural heritage institutions is required. 
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully apply technology within libraries to improve access to collections or services. 
  • Familiarity and working knowledge of OpenRefine, XML, and Python. 

RATE OF PAY 

$20 per hour for a minimum of 20 hours per week. 

Please submit resumes to Rahsaan Peak – rpeak@themindfinders.com

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Intern, Kiplinger Research Library – The Historical Society, Washington, DC

Position: Intern, Kiplinger Research Library Project: Research Services Intern Timeframe: Winter 2020 and ongoing Required commitment: Minimum 12 hour per week, between 10am and 4 pm Tuesday-Friday Location: DC History Center, 801 K Street NW Washington, D.C. 20001 

Working directly with the Library & Collections Director and the Research Services Librarian, the Research Services Intern(s) will gain experience with Library of Congress classification; remote reference; and providing research access to special collections in a myriad of formats. The Research Services Intern(s) will be tasked with 

  • Welcoming and orienting patrons to the reading room 
  • Pulling and reshelving materials requested by researchers 
  • Updating research guides 
  • Developing online resources to accessing the Society’s collections 
  • Assisting with programming such as House History workshops and library orientations 
  • Other duties as assigned to support the operations of the DC History Center 

The collection consists of artwork, maps, prints, photographs, books, and pamphlets relating to Washington, D.C. The materials represent more than two centuries of the city’s evolution, some predating L’Enfant’s 1791 city plan. 

The internship is unpaid. The Historical Society will work with the intern’s college or university to approve academic credit as applicable. 

Applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited graduate or undergraduate program working towards a degree in library and information science, museum studies, public history, history or related field. Must have strong research skills and basic knowledge of collections management and the proper handling of objects and archival materials. The candidate must be detail oriented, self-motivated and possess strong organizational skills. Some physical activity such as lifting boxes up to 30 pounds is required. Demonstrated knowledge of Washington history is desired but not required. 

Please submit cover letter, resume, and two references to Library & Collections Director Anne McDonough (amcdonough@dchistory.org). Note the specific internship to which you are applying in the subject, along with your last name. No phone calls, please. 

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Intern, Kiplinger Research Library – The Historical Society, Washington, DC

Position: Intern, Kiplinger Research Library Project: Collections Intern Timeframe: Winter 2020 and ongoing Required commitment: Minimum 12 hour per week, between 10am and 4pm Tuesday-Friday Location: DC History Center, 801 K Street NW Washington, D.C. 20001 

Working directly with the Library & Collections Director and the Research Services Librarian, the Collections Intern(s) will gain experience with processing collections and providing research access to special collections in a myriad of formats. The Collections Intern(s) will be tasked with 

  • Welcoming and orienting patrons to the reading room 
  • Pulling and reshelving materials requested by researchers 
  • Updating legacy finding aids to the current DACS-compliant format 
  • Processing, rehousing, and inventorying collections 
  • Assisting with programming such as House History workshops and library orientations 
  • Other duties as assigned, to support the operations of the DC History Center 

The collection consists of artwork, maps, prints, photographs, books, and pamphlets relating to Washington, D.C. The materials represent more than two centuries of the city’s evolution, some predating L’Enfant’s 1791 city plan. 

The internship is unpaid. The Historical Society will work with the intern’s college or university to approve academic credit as applicable. 

Applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program working towards a degree in library and information science, museum studies, public history, history or related field. Must have strong research skills and basic knowledge of collections management and the proper handling of objects and archival materials. The candidate must be detail oriented, self-motivated and possess strong organizational skills. Some physical activity such as lifting boxes up to 30 pounds is required. Demonstrated knowledge of Washington history is desired but not required. 

Please submit cover letter, resumes, and two references to Library & Collections Director Anne McDonough (amcdonough@dchistory.org). Note the specific internship to which you are applying in the subject, along with your last name. No phone calls, please.

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Metadata Librarian – LEGISLATIVE BRANCH, Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Summary
This position is located in the Integrated Library System Program Office, Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Library Services

The position description number for this position is 360891 (GS-13) and 360892 (GS-14).

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metro area.

The incumbent of this position will work a compflex,flexitime work schedule.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

Responsibilities
GS-13 Duties:

Serves as an expert in creating, mapping, transforming and managing multiple types of library metadata. Work includes harmonizing disparate metadata schemas and sources into a common, integrated system. Develops and maintains metadata schemas and cross walks to create a common metadata schema from multiple metadata schemas, some of which adhere to international standards; some of which were developed and maintained locally; and some of which reflect highly complex many-to-many data relationships.

Serves as a technical expert who uses a variety enterprise data technologies to correct, normalize, enhance, and migrate diverse datasets into a common, shared metadata schema. Writing scripts and queries to work with a range of metadata storage formats, including JSON, RDF, XML, XML Schema, Relax NG, XPath, JSON-LD, RDBMS and NoSQL databases. Uses data technologies such as SPARQL, SQL, XQuery, XSLT, Javascript, Python libraries like Pandas, or similar enterprise level data technologies to perform work.

Under the general direction of the division chief who sets the general objectives and indicates available resources, the incumbent plans and manages metadata projects, applying standard project management methodologies. Performs data integrity testing. Develops and manages project plans for metadata migration and maintenance. Organizes, develops, and implements plans for specific projects and data sets.

Develops data structures and access strategies in alignment with business and mission requirements for review by senior staff. Participates in the research, evaluation, development, and implementation of appropriate metadata standards for description, inventory, access, retrieval, preservation, and management of the Library’s collections, both analog and digital.

Contributes to oral and written reports and presentations on metadata systems and issues of concern to senior managers. Produces analyses and evaluations of metadata and related projects. Serves as liaison with internal stakeholders. Participates on Library teams working on metadata and library system projects.

GS-14 Duties:

Serves as a national and/or international expert in creating, mapping, transforming and managing multiple types of metadata. Work includes harmonizing disparate metadata schemas and sources into a common, integrated system. Develops and maintains metadata schema cross walks to create a common metadata schema from multiple metadata schemas: some of which adhere to international standards; some of which were developed and maintained locally; and some of which reflect highly complex many-to-many data relationships.

Leads and performs complex, multi-system metadata normalizations and migrations using a variety of enterprise metadata technologies to correct, normalize, enhance, and migrate diverse datasets into a common, shared metadata schema. Writes scripts and queries to work with a range of metadata storage formats, including JSON, RDF, XML, XML Schema, Relax NG, XPath, JSON-LD, RDBMS and NoSQL databases. Uses data technologies such as SPARQL, SQL, XQuery, XSLT, Javascript, Python libraries like Pandas, or similar enterprise level data technologies to perform work.

Independently develops, plans, and manages complex metadata projects, applying standard project management methodologies. Develops and manages project plans for metadata migration and maintenance. Organizes, develops, and implements plans for specific projects and data sets. Manages projects from conception through implementation applying best practices and library standards. Ensures clear and frequent communication with stakeholders and managers across the Library and with external stakeholders nationally and internationally.
Serves as an expert in library metadata technical standards and practices. Oversees the development of specifications and mappings of data elements to ensure the metadata comply with existing metadata policies and standards and meet indexing requirements. Exercises considerable discretion and judgement concerning the interpretation and implementation of existing policy and makes analytical and technical decisions that lead to, or form the basis for, major library policy on metadata by top management.

Plans and coordinates the development of data structures and access strategies in alignment with business and mission requirements. Manages the research, evaluation, development, and implementation of appropriate metadata standards for description, inventory, access, retrieval, preservation, and management of the Library’s collections, both analog and digital.

Prepares and delivers oral and written reports and presentations on metadata systems and issues of concern to senior managers and external stakeholders. Produces analyses and evaluations of metadata and related projects and presents them to stakeholders at all levels of the Library.

Requirements
Conditions of Employment
No additional requirements to those listed above.

Qualifications
Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

GS-13/14:

Knowledge of policies, procedures, applications, and practices related to metadata standards, mapping, transformation and management.**

Ability to use a variety enterprise data technologies to correct, normalize, enhance, and migrate diverse data sets into a common, shared metadata schema.**

Ability to evaluate and implement metadata standards.

Ability to interact collaboratively with others and provide consultation or liaison services.

Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/555405300

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