This position is funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant
to the Montana Historical Society to participate in the National Digital
Newspaper Program (NDNP). During the two-year grant period, the Montana
Digital Newspaper Project will digitize 100,000 Montana newspaper pages
published between the years 1864 and 1922. The project team will collect and
record publishing data and other facts about thousands of late 19th- and early
20th-century newspaper pages on microfilm and in digital form. Ultimately, the
digitized newspapers will be submitted to the Library of Congress and uploaded
to the Chronicling America web site at

For this position we offer yearly benefits, which include:

A contribution of $8,796/year towards health, life, dental, and optional
vision insurance;

Choice between two defined retirement benefit plans and optional 457(b)
deferred compensation;

Fifteen days paid vacation, twelve days sick leave, and ten paid holidays.

(Note: This position is not related to library automation systems or
subscription databases.)


The Montana Historical Society seeks a Project Assistant for the Montana
Digital Newspaper Project, a grant-funded project ending on August 31, 2013
with probable extension through August 2015. The Project Assistant is
primarily responsible for assisting in the digitization of historical
newspapers. To a lesser extent, the Project Assistant will also support the
digital conversion of other materials, such as books or manuscripts. Essential
duties and responsibilities include:

* Closely examine historical newspapers on microfilm, accurately recording data about issues and pages using established workflow and tools (30%).  
* Create and enter technical, descriptive, and preservation metadata in, and help maintain, databases, spreadsheets, and other applications; run queries and generate reports (30%).  
* Perform quality control on digital images, metadata, Optical Character Recognition-generated text, and other deliverables provided by vendors (20%).  
* Move or copy large numbers of digital images to and from MHS servers, external storage devices, and the "cloud." (10%).  
* Prepare shipments of microfilm and hard drives according to established procedures (5%).  
* Other duties as assigned (5%).  

REQUIRED: The candidate will have experience creating and entering metadata
independently and accurately into a data-control system, such as a database or
digital collection-management application. Also required is experience
creating, managing or evaluating digital images in a library, archive, or
museum setting. The candidate must be comfortable working independently; must
possess strong organizational abilities; and must attend to details while
working to meet the goals of a complex, long-term project.

DESIRABLE: (1) Experience using Olive Active Paper, ContentDM, or equivalent
software; (2) Experience moving many (1000+) electronic files to and from
servers and physical media (e.g., external hard drives). (3) Experience
creating and/or editing HTML or XML.


REQUIRED: Candidates must have a bachelor's degree and have completed all
coursework toward a master's degree in library, information, or archival
science (all-but-thesis okay).

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