Join Us To Share NYC Neighborhood History: New Jobs Available with Culture In Transit

by Margo Padilla, Strategic Programs Manager, METRO


Applications are now being accepted for mobile digitization specialists for Culture in Transit, a new project from METRO, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Library.

CIT_300.jpgCulture in Transit will bring a mobile scanning toolkit to libraries, archives, museums, and the communities they serve. Digitized materials will be shared with the public through local digital archives and also shared with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) via the Empire State Digital Network (ESDN, the DPLA service hub for New York state). Each of the Specialists will be equipped with a lightweight, urban-friendly mobile digitization lab that can be taken to community events and under-resourced institutions that have collections to share.

Job descriptions for the available positions at METRO, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Library are listed below. The application period ends March 31, 2015. Please apply to each position separately.


METRO

The METRO Mobile Digitization Specialist will be based out of METRO’s offices but will spend the majority providing off-site digitization and training at up to 15 under-resourced collecting organizations throughout the metropolitan New York area. The Specialist will be responsible for project management and tracking, materials assessment, providing copyright guidance, digitizing materials (scanning or digital photography), and training and assisting participants with metadata creation. Documentation and assessment of the impact of on-site visits will be conducted throughout the life of the project.

Full description and application details can be found here.


BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY

The Brooklyn Public Library Mobile Digitization Specialist will travel to select library branches throughout the borough area to provide on-site digitization service for members of the community. The public will be invited to scan and contribute their personal photographs, ephemera, and mementos to the library’s local history archive. The Specialist will be responsible for project management and tracking, materials assessment, planning and conducting community digitization events, and digitizing materials (scanning or digital photography). Documentation and assessment of the community digitization events will be conducted throughout the life of the project.

Full description and application details can be found here.


QUEENS LIBRARY

The Queens Library Mobile Digitization Specialist will travel to Queens Community Libraries to provide on-site digitization service for members of the community who want to share their personal artifacts and heritage. All materials will be ingested into Queens Library’s digital repository. The Specialist will be responsible for project management and tracking, materials assessment, planning and conducting community digitization events, and digitizing materials (scanning or digital photography). Documentation and assessment of the community digitization events will be conducted throughout the life of the project.

Full description and application details can be found here.


Culture in Transit is one of twenty-two projects to win the Knight News Challenge. For more information about the Knight News Challenge, visit newschallenge.org and follow #newschallenge on Twitter.

Get regular updates on Culture in Transit via Twitter at @DigitizeNYC or contact us at cultureintransit@metro.org.