This is a temporary part-time grant funded position. The Transcription Coordinator will work 21 hours per week and will recruit, train and manage local volunteers and crowdsourced volunteers. The Transcription Coordinator will describe the project and its goals in ways that stimulate the interest of potential volunteers. These volunteers will transcribe the digitized, handwritten papers of John Torrey, a prominent, early American botanist.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: •Work with the NYBG volunteer office to recruit local volunteers •Work with various social media channels to recruit volunteers •Community management of all project volunteers •Identify best practice transcription guidelines used on similar project •Write detailed transcription guidelines for use on Torrey Papers project •Actively engage with volunteers on social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook •Gather transcription statistics •Perform quality assurance on all transcription activities •Upload transcribed text into target repositories •Report problems experienced with the transcription portal, if any
•Bachelor’s degree or equivalent •Library school degree or some library school coursework are preferred •Some familiarity with digital humanities is preferred •Experience engaging with others on Twitter, Facebook and other social media channels on behalf of an organization •Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work accurately and indepemdently in busy environment •Strong interpersonal and communication skills •Interest in writing a report and one or more blog posts on the transcription component of the project
Please apply online.