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The Organization
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The BPL is a department of the municipal government of Boston and a statutory charitable organization governed by a board of nine distinguished trustees appointed by the Mayor.

Position Overview
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.

Reports to
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 standards-based
metadata and imaging production for the Library's digital library program.
2. Maintains current knowledge of best practices, standards, and technologies related to descriptive, technical, and administrative metadata and digital projects. Participates in recommending procedures for ensuring quality metadata production.
3. Works with digital projects group to integrate production of metadata into the digital
imaging workflow.
4. Creates and/or completes subject analysis, authority work, and description for metadata records to ensure efficient retrieval of digital resources through local or other data networks. Assists in the creation and maintenance of authority records for digital resources.
5. Assists in the production and/or updating of metadata for legacy files.
6. Verifies and edits resource descriptions prepared by Library staff; assists in providing training and encourages an understanding of metadata issues and technologies for Library staff.
7. Assists in the preparation and delivery of materials to be digitized.
8. Assists in the development and maintenance of institutional standards and best practices for digital projects program.
9. As assigned, assists in providing training and supervision of professional, non-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 department.
13. Actively participates in system-wide committees, trainings, and other professional
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 environment;
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 project timelines.
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 resources.

1. Education - Bachelor's Degree from a recognized college or university and a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent degree from an accredited library school. Courses in digital libraries, XML, and/or standards-based non-MARC metadata schemas taken for credit at an accredited library school.

2. Experience  - A minimum of 2 years experience with metadata work on digital projects in a library setting, including direct relevant experience with XML, metadata production and digitization, and standards-based non-MARC metadata schemas such as Dublin Core, MODS, METS, EAD and TEI.

Demonstrated experience with authority work and authority metadata schemas such as MADS; demonstrated knowledge of traditional cataloging standards; demonstrated
experience with controlled vocabularies such as LCSH, LCTGM, and the Getty Vocabularies.

Experience with relational databases; experience with digital asset management systems and archival data management systems such as Omeka, Content DM, Archon, and Archivist's Toolkit.

Demonstrated proficiency in standard computer applications, spreadsheets, databases, integrated library systems, the Internet, and traditional library resources; demonstrated proficiency in web design and web authoring tools.

1.Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.
2.Residency - Must be a resident of the City of Boston upon the first day of hire.
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.

Please apply through the City of Boston Public Library
Keyword search on "Digital Projects Librarian"

Thomas Blake
Digital Projects Manager
Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116
617 859-2039
Free To All