KMHM Board of Directors 2017
Part-Time -- Project work through June 2018
Job Description: The part-time Digitization Technician is responsible for converting archival materials to digital format and enhancing the basic accession, metadata, or bibliographic record. This position requires a technical and computer literate individual who ideally has previous experience working with digitization, archival documents, and/or goal oriented production projects. This opportunity requires the technician to work the majority within the normal hours of the library and the Kings Mountain Historical Museum. There will be flexibility with scheduling working hours. Position is up to 20 hours per week and rate of pay $14.00/hour. Hire Status: Temporary Contract with the Mauney Memorial Library, a department of the City of Kings Mountain, NC.
Duties and Responsibilities:Qualified candidates will be detail-oriented, organized, and accustomed to working independently in an environment that handles focused and repetitive tasks which requires a logical balance of efficiency and accuracy. Specifically the duties and responsibilities will include:
• Properly handle fragile and rare archival materials.
• Support the preparation of materials for scanning.
• Scan printed materials, photographs, artwork, etc. and import in software; correct color and manipulate images as required using provided software; transfer digital images to drive for savings.
• Record technical, item, and structural metadata to standards followed by the NC Digital Heritage Center and the Digital Public Library of America.
• Enter descriptive metadata according to the required standards.
• Calibrate all components of scanner and computer workstation on a regular basis.
• Initiate and maintain responsibility of the delivery or transmission of images for processing
• Troubleshoot basic problems with hardware, software, and image quality
• Perform basic image enhancement and file organization tasks
• Anticipates problems; gathers information before making decisions; analyzes current procedures for possible improvements; notifies supervisor of problems in a timely manner
• Demonstrates knowledge of techniques, skills, equipment, procedures and materials. Applies knowledge to identify issues and internal problems; works to develop additional technical knowledge and skills
• Photography, Library and Archives, or History background/experience preferred.
• Ability to work effectively independently, with supervision and as a part of a team.
• Sensitivity to and experience handling library or archival materials.
• Ability to operate a computer and scanner.
• Working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet and database software applications preferred.
• Experience with other content management systems
We do not expect candidates to meet all of the position requirements listed. We would prefer that they meet as many of the criteria as possible. We will be providing on the job training to prepare the technician.
• Knowledge/skill computers and Microsoft Office Suite
• Some training and/or experience with digitization of printed materials, photography or graphic communication arts.
• Ability to work independently with minimal direction.
• Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
• Attention to detail.
• Sound judgment to identify and report problems to supervisors and contribute to resolving them.
• Willingness to learn new software and technologies.
Please submit letter of interest and resume by email to:
Sharon Stack, Library Director
Mauney Memorial Library
100 South Piedmont Avenue
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
Applications will close on Friday, September 15.
ABOUT THE GRANT PROJECT
Kings Mountain Historical Museum has partnered with the City of Kings Mountain and the Mauney Memorial Library (MML) to win a $44,556 grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
The grant project is intended to increase access to and use of the holdings of the library and the museum by building the technological capacity and supplying the manpower needed to digitize local historical collections. The grant will provide the required equipment and supplies, such as computers and a networked server, and will allow employment of temporary staff members to complete the scanning, photographing, and record improvements needed to complete the project.
The online collections catalog that will result from this grant will focus on the resources that are most relevant to this community, and will be published on DigitalNC.org. This project meets the mission-critical goals of the library, the museum, and LSTA by improving the public’s ability to discover information and to obtain information resources only available through our holdings, thus supporting lifelong learning and education in our community.Online access to the collections held by KMHM and MML will be a great benefit to community members, enabling them to browse and research our collections of original historical artifacts that reflect this region’s unique cultural heritage and identity. Publishing our collections content online will also extend our reach to an international audience, and digitally preserving our collection will ensure that valuable historical information is secure in perpetuity.