American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Seeks Digitization Project Assistant

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Digitization Project Assistant, Part Time

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

Type of Library

Job Description
The time commitment for this position is 3 days, or 20 hours, per week at our midtown Manhattan office. The primary responsibility of this position is to interface directly with the overseas digitization vendor while technicians crop, compound, OCR, and apply basic metadata to digital images scanned from JDC microfilm. This includes:
  • Examining JDC files (on microfilm and in digital formats) to formulate rules, find exceptions, and answer questions posed by the vendor;
  • Communicating regularly with vendor to provide instructions and answer questions;
  • Keeping track of vendor's progress and delivering regular status reports to the project manager;
  • Reviewing work done and ensuring corrections are made before data is imported into our digital asset management system;
  • Coding finding aids into XML for ingestion into JDC’s content management system
Required Experience
  • MLS and/or MA in history with a concentration in archives management or related work experience
  • Significant experience with Photoshop, Bridge, Excel, XML and experience with content management systems
  • Relevant experience with digitization projects
  • Experience encoding finding aids to EAD
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digitization best practices
  • Solid understanding of archival arrangement and description
  • Detail-oriented
MLS Requirement
desired but not required


Job Type


Library Information
JDC serves as the overseas arm of the North American Jewish community by sponsoring programs of rescue, relief and renewal to Jews in need since 1914. In addition, JDC works to ensure a Jewish future by connecting even the most remote and isolated Jewish populations to their cultural heritage and traditions. JDC is also a leading source of expertise and assistance for victims of natural and man-made disasters worldwide, regardless of faith, race, or nationality. The JDC Archives contains over three miles of documents, consisting of personal letters, passenger logs, journals to government records, and accounts of JDC programs. Additionally, the collection has over one hundred thousand photographs dating 1914 to the present, some documenting obliterated Jewish communities in Europe and North Africa. Given the scope and depth of JDC operations around the world, the JDC Archives is considered to be one of the most important repositories of modern Jewish history in the world.
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