Voices of September 11th Digital Archives Specialist

(posted December 15, 2010)

Voices of September 11th (VOICES), a leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supporting those impacted by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, is currently seeking a part-time Digital Archives Specialist to work with our 9/11 Living Memorial project at its office in New Canaan, Connecticut. This is a part-time position at 16 hours per week.

The 9/11 Living Memorial was initiated in 2006 as a means of digitally preserving, collecting, cataloging, and publishing images, artifacts, and documents associated with 9/11 – beginning with the victims’ family members and extending through first-hand accounts of rescue workers, survivors, and care providers. The VOICES team has built over 800 digital victim profiles through a series of one-on-one meetings with family members and published this content is on www.911livingmemorial.org. Through a partnership with the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, the VOICES digital content will be a core component of the Memorial and Museum when it is built at the World Trade Center site.

The VOICES Digital Archives Specialist will supervise the entire process of digitizing and cataloging text, photo, audio, and video content through a Dublin Core-based content management system currently being developed with Filemaker Pro. In addition to performing and supervising digital content inflow and cataloging, the Digital Archives Specialist will create and revise written procedures for the work and regularly communicate on its progress and issues with VOICES directors, social workers, and technical and communications staff.

Required:

Bachelor’s degree and experience in cataloging and archival processing. Thorough understanding of the principles of metadata, controlled vocabularies, and professional archival and cataloging rules and standards. Familiarity with Adobe Photoshop and Acrobat and experience in standardizing and optimizing digital images, documents, and other files. Ability to draft, implement, and maintain clear policies and procedures. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to accomplish goals with limited resources and a vibrant team spirit.

Preferred:

Masters degree in library science (MLS), information science, or archival studies. Experience in cataloging and archival processing of digital materials. Demonstrated proficiency in Dublin Core, Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR2), and Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS). Enthusiasm for commemorating 9/11 for current and future generations is highly valued.

Instructions:

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Frank Fetchet at ffetchet@voicesofsept11.org. Materials must be received no later than December 31, 2010.

Peter J. Wosh
Director, Archives/Public History Program
History Department
New York University
53 Washington Square South
Room 503
New York NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-8601
Fax: (212) 995-4017

http://aphdigital.org

http://history.fas.nyu.edu/object/history.gradprog.archivespublichistory.html

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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