Project: NEH Digitization Grant "Free People of Color in Louisiana: Revealing
an Unknown Past"
The "Free People of Color in Louisiana: Revealing an Unknown Past" project
funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant will digitize and
catalog a minimum of 25,000 pages of manuscript materials, from originals and
microfilm, sourced from five different repositories in
Louisiana. The resulting collection will be available in the Louisiana Digital
The Project Librarian will manage daily operations and workflow, digitize
materials, supervise a graduate assistant and student workers, and coordinate
the work of other staff contributing to the project. The incumbent will report
to the LSU Libraries Special Collections Curator of Manuscripts and will work
primarily in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Specific duties
60% Manage day-to-day project operations and workflow, including setting
standards and procedures, communicating with the project Advisory Board,
overseeing the digitization and cataloging of all materials, assisting with
the organization and prioritization of materials to be digitized, working with
all project partners to coordinate digitization efforts, performing quality
control checks on all digital assets created, maintaining project records,
compiling statistics, preparing reports, monitoring project budget, assisting
with creation and maintenance of the project website, and facilitating project
publicity and outreach. Also hire and supervise a Project Graduate Assistant,
hire, train, and supervise the project student workers, and coordinate work of
other staff contributing to the project.
40% Perform digitization of materials and create associated descriptive metadata
in Dublin Core; upload images, cataloging records, and associated files into
the Louisiana Digital Library; assist in
design, creation, and
maintenance of project website.
Required qualifications: Master's degree in library or information science
from an ALA-accredited program; a minimum of one year's experience working in
a library or archives setting; demonstrated strength in communication and
organizational skills; practical experience with digitization processes;
demonstrated knowledge of metadata practices and standards; knowledge of and
experience using Dublin Core; ability to travel to New
Orleans to consult with GA and staff at participating institutions, including
three overnight stays.
Preferred qualifications: Substantial project management
and supervisory experience; knowledge of and experience using DACS ;
experience processing and describing archival collections;
experience with microfilm to digital conversion; reading competency in French;
experience reading 19th-century manuscripts; knowledge of Louisiana and/or
African American history.
This is an 18-month, grant-funded position for a general
librarian. Additional information about the grant is
available at http://tinyurl.com/free-people-of-color.
Application deadline is June 12, 2013 or until the position has been
filled. Go to https://lsusystemcareers.lsu.edu/ to apply
for this position.
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