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Friday, October 10, 2014

P/T - Archival Consultant, Whirl-i-Gig (NY)

Archival Consultant Position - Whirl-i-Gig (New York, NY)

Hours: Flexible, part-time with a minimum of 20 hours/week and potential for full time. 

Salary: Commensurate with experience. 

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to with the subject line: “Archival Consultant position.”

Whirl-i-Gig, the New York-based development group behind CollectiveAccess, seeks an archival consultant to join our team. The archival consultant will work directly with clients in New York City and abroad to design, implement and launch digital collection projects. 
CollectiveAccess is an open-source software application used by libraries, archives, museums, non-profits and corporations in the arts, sciences and humanities to describe and publish archival collections. Select clients include: American Museum of Natural History, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The New Museum, The New York State Archives, National September 11 Memorial & Museum, The Smithsonian Channel, The New School and many more.
The archival consultant will be tasked with modeling real world collections and data in a digital context. Key duties include:
  • Developing custom and/or compliant metadata schemata in collaboration with CollectiveAccess users for project-based applications 
  • Designing information architectures to organize diverse collections 
  • Creating the XML-based metadata “profiles” for custom CollectiveAccess installations. Past experience with XML is desired, but not required 
  • Advising clients on best practice standards including but not limited to use of vocabularies and authorities, digitization workflows, content standards application and more 
  • Importing and migrating data and media from legacy platforms to CollectiveAccess. Past experience creating metadata crosswalks is desirable 
  • Project management and user support
The consultant should be interested in and comfortable with working independently. Qualities and qualifications include:
  • MLIS preferred 
  • Familiarity with a variety of metadata standards 
  • Experience with item-level cataloging using collection management software, or previous experience in an archive or museum a plus 
  • Basic understanding of HTML 
  • Demonstrated experience working in a self-motivating capability 
  • Detail and deadline oriented 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 
  • A background in fine art or humanities desirable
Special consideration will be given to candidates having experience with:
  • Software development processes (i.e. version control) and languages (Ruby, Python or PHP). Familiarity with relational databases, command line tools, client side scripting, and/or visualization tools also a plus.