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New England’s Hidden Histories Digitization Technician 

Job Purpose:

The Digital Technician position is a four-week, onsite, paid summer internship at the Congregational Library & Archives (CLA) in Boston, Massachusetts. The Digital Technician will work with the Archivist and Project Director for NEHH to digitize manuscript sermons from the period of the American Revolution as part of the CLA’s New England’s Hidden Histories project (NEHH). This internship is funded through a grant from Atla, which provides resources, collaboration opportunities, and research tools to promote worldwide scholarly communication in religion and theology. This is a part-time (approximately 18.5 hours per week) internship.

The compensation is a stipend of $1500. This position provides no other benefits. The internship begins June 10, 2024.

 

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the direction of the Archivist and Project Director for NEHH at the Congregational Library & Archives, the Digitization Technician will support the project through the digitization of eighteenth-century manuscript materials.

The Digitization Technician will:

  • Digitize a variety of materials with a flatbed scanner.

  • Create and enhance existing metadata.

  • Perform quality control on digitized items.

Hours must be worked between 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. There can be some flexibility in the work schedule, with the Digital Technician working three days per week as their schedule allows for four weeks. The work location is the Congregational Library & Archives, 14 Beacon Street in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

Students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in history, literature, library science, museum studies, or public history are encouraged to apply.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Experience digitizing diverse media types or working on a digital project.

  • Experience using Microsoft Excel and digital image editing software.

  • Experience handling archival collections in various conditions.

  • Experience learning new technology and software.

  • Strong attention to detail.

  • Familiarity with metadata.

  • Ability to successfully perform routine and repetitive tasks, lift and carry up to 50 pounds, stand for several hours at a time, communicate instructions clearly, and learn work processes quickly.

  • Adapt easily to changing priorities and task assignments.

  • Familiarity with 18th century handwriting is a plus but not required.

 

Working Conditions:

  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment. Must be able to work in an office setting where the temperature is set to a constant 68⁰ F.

  • Ability to climb one to two flights of stairs.

  • Work requires frequent exposure to dust and potential exposure to mold.

  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 50 pounds and some standing or walking.

 

To Apply:

Application deadline is May 1, 2024.

Please send a cover letter and resume in one PDF by email with the subject “Digital Technician Internship” to Dr. Tricia Peone, New England’s Hidden Histories Project Director, Congregational Library & Archives by email at tpeone@14beacon.org.

 

About the Congregational Library & Archives:

The Congregational Library & Archives (CLA) is an independent research library located in Boston, Massachusetts. Established in 1853, the CLA is a repository for some 225,000 books, pamphlets, periodicals, and manuscripts documenting the development and growth of the Congregational tradition in the United States as well as Canada and Great Britain. The CLA’s mission is to foster deeper understanding of the spiritual, intellectual, cultural, and civic dimensions of the Congregational story and its ongoing relevance in the twenty-first century by collecting and sharing materials and by actively engaging with, among others, scholars and the general public.

The Congregational Library & Archives encourages and welcomes diversity throughout the organization. The CLA does not discriminate and protects against harassment based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by law. The CLA employs people based on ability, experience, education, and character.

The CLA’s policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, retention, promotion, compensation and benefits, working conditions, performance evaluation, professional development, disciplinary action, and termination.