Project Digitization Associate

Contract, Full-time (37.5 hours/week) for duration of IMLS project (2 years, 6.5 months)

October 1, 2020 – May 31, 2023

About the Greenwich Historical Society

Founded 87 years ago as an organization devoted to collecting and interpreting the community’s history, Greenwich Historical Society has evolved into a vital and growing center with a nationally-significant historic site and a multi-faceted range of programs and activities.  Located on the historic Cos Cob Harbor, home of Connecticut’s first art colony, the Historical Society has two main areas of focus: as a museum (galleries, Bush-Holley House, education center) with related exhibitions and education programs for children and adults, and as a center for Greenwich history (library and archives, preservation and publication programs). Its stated mission is: “We preserve and interpret Greenwich history to strengthen the community’s connection to our past, to each other and to our future.”

Location: Greenwich Historical Society is easily accessible via public transportation. It is a five minute walk from Metro North’s Cos Cob station on the New Haven line. 

Essential Duties

Coordinate with Project Archivist to schedule digitization of photographic material in selected collections.

Prepare items for scanning by removing them from archival enclosures

Create digital archival master images of a variety of archival material, including photographic prints, negatives, manuscripts and other documents using a flatbed scanner.

Inspect resulting image files to ensure proper alignment and tonal/color rendition.

Make minor image adjustments using photo editing tools.

Create JPEG working copies of TIFF archival master files.

Load derivative images into CONTENTdm Project Client and apply description and metadata.

Required Experience

Demonstrated experience using a flatbed scanner and scanning software.

Familiarity with use of metadata standards for digital objects, including use of controlled vocabularies.

Ability to exercise care and judgement when handling fragile archival material.

Proficiency with Microsoft Office software, scanning software and basic photo editing.

Prior experience with OCLS CONTENTdm software would be desirable.

Compensation

Salary is based on $15/hour (37.5 hours/week) with full-time benefits, holiday and vacation pay.   

Start Date

September/October 2020

Procedure for Application

Interested and qualified candidates should send cover letter and resume to: cshields@greenwichhistory.org

We’re Open!

Our Galleries, Museum Store and Archives are open for the summer.

Admission is free, but reservations are required for the galleries.
Or visit our grounds