Oral History Processing Archivists - Brooklyn Historical Society

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Oral History Processing Assistants,
Brooklyn Historical Society

The Brooklyn Historical Society is hiring 2 Oral History Processing Assistants who will report to the Oral History Project Archivist and Crossing Borders Bridging Generations Program Associate. The Oral History Processing Assistants will audit transcripts and prepare audio assets for access on the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations (CBBG) website. CBBG is an oral history project and public programming series that examines the history and experiences of mixed-heritage people and families, cultural hybridity, race, ethnicity, and identity in the historically diverse borough of Brooklyn (http://cbbg.brooklynhistory.org/).

The primary responsibilities for the Processing Assistants include: listening to audio recordings of oral history interviews and reviewing transcripts for discrepancies; making corrections in transcripts as necessary; formatting and uploading audio and transcripts to CBBG website; writing brief biographical and scope and content notes; assigning Library of Congress Subject Headings and keywords to interviews; and transcribing metadata in Excel.

Required Qualifications

  • Enrolled in Library Science or related program and having completed foundation classes in cataloging and archival management
  • Command of Microsoft Office, in particular Excel
  • Experience with oral history collections or audio digital assets
  • Experience working with controlled vocabularies
  • Extremely organized, detail-oriented
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and ensure that work is accomplished in a timely and accurate manner
  • Knowledge of U.S histories of immigrant, LGBTQ and people of color communities

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with Drupal platform
  • Ability to work in a flexible work environment
  • Exposure to racial justice and anti-oppression language and concepts 

The position is a part-time, temporary position to start immediately and end on December 31, 2014.  Compensation is $18.00/hour and assistants must commit to 20-25 hours per week for August and September. The number of total hours is 255. Benefits include free entrance to NYC museums.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, and two references to: apply@brooklynhistory.org. Subject line of the email should read: Oral History Processing Assistant Application [your last name]. Applications will be reviewed immediately. Application deadline is August 10, 2014. 

No phone calls please.

About Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn Historical Society connects the past to the present and makes the vibrant history of Brooklyn tangible, relevant, and meaningful for today's diverse communities, and for generations to come. 

Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary 400-year history. Located in Brooklyn Heights and housed in a magnificent landmark building designed by George Post and opened in 1881, today's BHS is a cultural hub for civic dialogue, thoughtful engagement and community outreach.


About Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations
Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations, an oral history project and public programming series, examines the history and experiences of mixed-heritage people and families, cultural hybridity, race, ethnicity, and identity in the historically diverse borough of Brooklyn.

Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations is a project of the Brooklyn Historical Society which builds upon BHS's oral history collections. Begun in 1973, the oral history collections contain interviews with more than 800 narrators and are available for listening in the Othmer Library.

Through sharing stories, we open up intergenerational conversations about preserving cultural heritage in a multicultural democracy.


The Brooklyn Historical Society is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion national origin, the presence of any mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.