Approximate date of posting August 2, 2018
Position: Library Specialist: Digital Archives and Metadata Specialist Graduate Fellowship
Eligibility Must be currently enrolled in a graduate-level program in archival management, library sciences, or related fields.
Location: New York, New York
Company/Organization Barnard College
Schedule/Hours 10 hours a week
Time Frame 4 weeks during the academic year (September 2018-April 2019), and 20 hours a week for 4 weeks during the summer intersession (August 2018)
Compensation: $30/hr; may include professional development funding as budgets permit
Description: The Barnard Archives and Special Collections offers fellowships working under the supervision of the Director and Associate Director of the Archives and Special Collections. This year, the Digital Archiving and Metadata fellowship will focus primarily on a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) project to digitize 339 cassette audio tape recordings of the Scholar & Feminist Conference, held annually by the Barnard Center for Research on Women. Speakers on the tapes include bell hooks, Audre Lorde, Cherrie Moraga, Bella Azbug and other prominent feminist thinkers, scholars, and activists. Funding for the Digital Archiving and Metadata fellowship is made possible by the CLIR Recordings at Risk grant program.
Working alongside the Associate Director of the Archives and the Barnard Library Instructional Applications Developer, the Digital Archives and Metadata Specialist will quality control and ingest digital files into the Barnard Archives digital collections; create metadata workflows and supervise the generation of descriptive metadata records and enhance the collection’s finding aid; create workflows for transcription; collaborate in planning meetings of an advisory board to review archives practices in relation to this collection; revise workflows and create shareable documentation of the project; perform digital collection UX and development work including creating and testing the collection of digitized audio files in our digital collections; and assist in writing project reports for CLIR.
The overall structure of the fellowship will be determined by the fellowship recipients in conjunction with the Directors of the Barnard Archives. Other duties may be determined in conjunction with the Directors. It will be at the discretion of the fellowship recipient, with the support and guidance of the Directors, to determine what activities within the Barnard Archives are interesting areas for them to explore in terms of their own professional development paths. The Barnard Archives commits to work that is equitable and anti-oppressive, and encourages and supports work which centers voices, knowledge, and memory-making practices historically excluded from the archival record. Our Library’s community agreements (https://library.barnard.edu/find-books/guides/BLAIS/20170504) describe some of the ways in which we are committed to upholding values of inclusivity, privacy, and support.
Note: As a point of transparency, we anticipate that we will move our office and collections in the summer of 2018. In the Fall of 2018 we will be adjusting to our new office spaces in The Milstein Center for Teaching and Learning.
How to Apply: In your cover letter, please describe your professional interests, why you are interested in working with the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, and what you might like to accomplish or learn during the fellowship.
POC: Address your cover letter to Shannon O’Neill and Martha Tenney.