A leading American historian has called the Public Library of the City of
Boston "one of the five
great libraries of the world."
Well over 3.5 million people visit the Boston Public Library every year to use
its collection of 8.9 million books. Another 7 million people connect with the
BPL through its website www.bpl.org to take advantage of its many services and
its growing collection of electronic resources, downloadable media and
digitalized rare books and manuscripts.
Among its preeminent collections, the BPL holds several first edition folios
Shakespeare; original music scores by Mozart, Prokofiev and others; and the
personal library of
President John Adams. In addition, the BPL is home to the renowned Norman B.
Center, which includes over 200,000 historic maps and 5,000 atlases
documenting the evolution
of the printed map.
Over 12,000 programs and classes attract thousands of residents from across
neighborhoods and cultural groups that make up the city. Award winning online
homework assistance sessions, ESL and literacy classes, are also a popular
The BPL is a department of the municipal government of Boston and a statutory
organization governed by a board of nine distinguished trustees appointed by
Under supervision and within the framework of goals, policies and procedures
of the Library,
supports all aspects of digital production workflow and participates in
outreach and instructional
activities pertaining to digital library services and related technologies.
This position is part of the
Division of Resource Services/Information Technology.
Digital Projects Manager or delegate
As assigned, professional and support staff
Scope of Responsibility
1. Assists in the planning and implementation of activities related to
metadata and imaging production for the Library's digital library program.
2. Maintains current knowledge of best practices, standards, and technologies
descriptive, technical, and administrative metadata and digital projects.
recommending procedures for ensuring quality metadata production.
3. Works with digital projects group to integrate production of metadata into
4. Creates and/or completes subject analysis, authority work, and description
records to ensure efficient retrieval of digital resources through local or
networks. Assists in the creation and maintenance of authority records for
5. Assists in the production and/or updating of metadata for legacy files.
6. Verifies and edits resource descriptions prepared by Library staff; assists
training and encourages an understanding of metadata issues and technologies
7. Assists in the preparation and delivery of materials to be digitized.
8. Assists in the development and maintenance of institutional standards and
for digital projects program.
9. As assigned, assists in providing training and supervision of professional,
and part-time staff, students, and interns.
10. Assists with grant submissions for digital project proposals and grants.
11. Works on public service desks as assigned.
12. May be responsible for oral presentations and written reports on
activities within the
13. Actively participates in system-wide committees, trainings, and other
14. Assists in the training of professional and non-professional staff and in
the orientation of
both staff and members of the public to the services of the department.
15. Performs other related and/or comparable duties as assigned.
1. Proficiency with MSWord, Publisher, Power Point, and Excel.
2. Ability to apply traditional cataloging knowledge in evolving metadata
ability to adhere to rigorous accuracy and thoroughness requirements
3. Ability to execute library policy.
4. Ability to plan and supervise the work of others.
5. Demonstrates initiative and independent decision making skills.
6. Communicates effectively and presents ideas clearly.
7. Ability to think creatively and innovatively.
8. Identifies, plans, and prioritizes job responsibilities and tasks;
determines and implements
9. Demonstrates flexibility and the ability to adapt to change.
10. Collaborates with internal and external partners.
11. Ability to collaborate with library staff, external partners and
1. Education - Bachelor's Degree from a recognized college or university and a
Degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent degree from an
school. Courses in digital libraries, XML, and/or standards-based non-MARC
schemas taken for credit at an accredited library school.
A minimum of 2 years experience with metadata work on digital projects in a
including direct relevant experience with XML, metadata production and
standards-based non-MARC metadata schemas such as Dublin Core, MODS, METS, EAD
Demonstrated experience with authority work and authority metadata schemas
MADS; demonstrated knowledge of traditional cataloging standards; demonstrated
experience with controlled vocabularies such as LCSH, LCTGM, and the Getty
Experience with relational databases; experience with digital asset management
archival data management systems such as Omeka, Content DM, Archon, and
Demonstrated proficiency in standard computer applications, spreadsheets,
integrated library systems, the Internet, and traditional library resources;
proficiency in web design and web authoring tools.
1. Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the
2. Residency - Must be a resident of the City of Boston upon the first day of
3. CORI - Must successfully clear a Criminal Offenders Record Information
check with the City of Boston.
Union/Salary Plan/Grade: PSA/P-2
Hours per week: 35
Please refer to the Salary Information section on the Boston Career Center
site for more information on compensation. For each Salary
Plan, salaries are listed by Grade and Step.
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