Adams Papers Control File Digitization Project Job

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Adams Papers Control File Digitization Project
The Massachusetts Historical Society seeks qualified candidates to fill a one-year part-time position
on the Adams Papers Control File Digitization Project, a grant-funded project to convert
item-level descriptions of more than 100,000 Adams documents into an online XML database.
Preliminary conversion was completed in 2009; the Encoder/Verification Specialist will begin
January 2010 and will report to the Project Manager on the production of XML-encoded files for
online delivery. This is a humanities computing project that requires a combined technical and liberal
arts background. This project is designed not only to create an online database but also to develop
guidelines for similar archival catalog conversions; therefore individuals with new and creative
approaches to offering enriched metadata online and resolving cross-platform digital content
will be preferred.
Major Responsibilities
◊ Inputs changes, edits tagging and content, and enriches XML-encoded files in an XML editor.
◊ Applies XSLT and other schemas for quality assurance as needed.
◊ Applies and verifies authority records to XML database records.
◊ Communicates with other team members to insure consistency in process and guidelines.
◊ Participates in project team meetings and offers input about workflow, encoding anomalies,
database structure, and navigation issues.
◊ Bachelor’s degree
◊ MLS or significant progress toward the degree preferred
◊ Demonstrated experience with markup languages (XML or HTML) and/or schema and DTDs.
◊ Some experience with XSLT and CSS preferred; experience in creation of XSLT a plus.
◊ Familiarity with cataloging, archival records, or database construction a plus.
◊ Ability to learn and follow specific guidelines and instructions.
◊ Keen eye for detail.
◊ Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
*This is a one-year (beginning Jan. 2010) grant-funded position for 20 hours per week at $20.40
per hour.*
Please send a cover letter and resume to Mary Claffey, Digital Production Editor, Adams Papers,
Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215; applications may also
be submitted electronically to Review of applications will begin immediately.

Peter J. Wosh
Director, Archives/Public History Program
History Department
New York University
53 Washington Square South
New York NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-8601
Fax: (212) 995-4017

Peter Wosh

About Peter Wosh

Professor Wosh directs the program in Archives and Public History at NYU. Professor Wosh’s research has focused primarily on American religion, American institutional cultures, and archival management issues. His background includes work as an archivist in a variety of academic and nonprofit institutions, including: Director of Archives and Library Services, American Bible Society (1989-1994); Archivist/Records Manager, American Bible Society (1984-1989); University Archivist, Seton Hall University (1978-1984). He is the author of Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Records, with Menzi Behrnd-Klodt (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2005); Covenant House: Journey of a Faith-Based Charity (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005); Spreading the Word: The Bible Business in Nineteenth-Century America (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994); The Diocesan Journal of Michael Augustine Corrigan, Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, 1872-1880 (Newark: New Jersey Historical Society, 1987); as well as articles in various archival, historical, and library journals. Professor Wosh’s current research involves editing the published writings of Waldo Gifford Leland, a pioneering archival theoretician, for the Archival Classics series published by the Society of American Archivists.

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