Monday, December 04, 2017

Project Assistant (part-time) (Contractor) - Connecticut State Library

Project Assistant (part-time) (Contractor) - Connecticut State Library, Preservation Office/Collection Services Unit, 231 Capitol Ave., Hartford CT. Schedule: Monday through Friday. Hours: 5 hour days; 25 hour workweek. Salary: $25/hour. Duration: position ends Oct. 25, 2018, with possible extension for one or two months. Closing Date: Dec. 15, 2017.
     A Project Assistant is sought to work onsite for the Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project, a project funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to digitize 100,000 pages of microfilmed Connecticut newspapers. This is a 25 hour per week, contracted position. Ideally, the start date is January 19, 2018 and the position will continue through October 25, 2018, with a possible extension for one or two months. Benefits are not included.
     The CT State Library is seeking an individual who is a quick learner with demonstrated ability to pay attention to detail and to work independently. Duties: Performs collation of service copy microfilm to create metadata for newspaper digitization project. (Collation consists of examining every page on a reel of film and recording in a spreadsheet such things as issue date and page number, while watching for missing issues or pages, and so on.) Measures microfilm reduction ratio and resolution, performs density readings and basic image assessment for irregularities. Ships master negatives to vendor for duplication. Ships duplicate negatives to vendor for scanning, metadata and OCR. Other duties as assigned.
     The preferred candidate will have: Demonstrated experience with digitization projects with a solid understanding of digitization and/or microfilm conversion projects; Experience with microfilm assessment, quality control assurance; Knowledge of newspapers or serials; a Bachelor’s degree with an interest in history or related fields; and the ability to identify items in historic newspapers that will be of special research or popular interest.
     Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's or Associate's degree or two years of college; Two years of library work experience; Knowledge of Excel and Microsoft applications, Basic communication and interpersonal skills: Ability to work at a microfilm machine for long periods; Excellent attention to detail, good manual dexterity and ability to see fine lines on microfilm under a microscope.
     Email a cover letter and resume to: Jane F. Cullinane; Preservation, Digital Projects, CT Digital Newspaper Project; Connecticut State Library; 231 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT 06106; by December 15, 2017.

     Note: this position is contingent upon approval by the State Department of Administrative Services.
     CT State Library is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.