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Temporary Digital Collections Specialist

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  • Budget: $22-$24/hour

The Temporary Digital Collections Specialist will participate in a maximum 300-hour 4Culture-funded project to inventory MOHAI’s Sophie Frye Bass Library’s digital materials, including entering descriptions into the Library’s collection management system, identifying materials with highest preservation concerns, and suggesting materials to add to the online collection. This position reports to the Library Collections Manager and is a member of the Collections Resources department.

Key Responsibilities:
• Conduct an inventory of the Library’s digital media materials, from born-digital collections items to digital copies of materials, identifying various types of files in a variety of locations and noting duplicates.
• Assess materials for immediate preservation concerns, based on condition and informational value.
• Generate basic metadata and catalog in collections database Proficio.
• Suggest items of high value to be added to MOHAI’s online collection (https://digitalcollections.lib.washington.edu/digital/collection/imlsmohai/search), based on the Library’s priority of telling stories of those under-represented in the historical narrative.
• Ensure that all interactions are culturally responsive, respectful, and based on a foundation of MOHAI’s commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.
• Other duties as assigned.

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent museum work experience. Position suitable for current information sciences student nearing graduation or recent graduate.
• Previous experience with digital collections required; demonstrated knowledge of current best practices in digital preservation preferred.
• Experience analyzing materials for their content and assessing them based on pre-determined criteria.
• Experience working collaboratively with colleagues.
• Ability to communicate clearly.

More Information: mohai.org