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Friday, April 3, 2015

Culture in Transit Mobile Digitization Spec't, METRO (NY)

Culture In Transit Mobile Digitization Specialist, Metropolitan New York Library Council

Deadline extended to April 10th

Located in New York City, the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) is a nonprofit member services organization serving more than 260 libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage nonprofits in New York City and Westchester County.


Culture In Transit (CIT) is a project of METRO in partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library. Each institution will be hiring a librarian to serve as a Mobile Digitization Specialist. Each of the Specialists will be equipped with a lightweight, urban-friendly mobile digitization lab that can be taken to community events and under-resourced institutions that have collections to share. For its part, METRO will be providing on-site digitization and training at up to 15 under-resourced collecting organizations throughout the metropolitan New York area. All materials digitized by METRO will be ingested into the METRO Digital Culture repository and shared with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) via the Empire State Digital Network (the DPLA service hub for New York state). 

The METRO Mobile Digitization Specialist will be based out of METRO’s offices but will spend the majority of time off-site providing digitization and related services. The Specialist will be responsible for project management and tracking, materials assessment, providing copyright guidance, digitizing materials (scanning or digital photography), and training and assisting participants with metadata creation. Documentation and assessment of the impact of on-site visits will be conducted throughout the life of the project.

This is a full time, one year term position scheduled to begin in May 2015. The METRO Mobile Digitization Specialist reports to METRO’s Digital Services Manager. The salary range is $55,000-$60,000 commensurate with experience. METRO provides excellent benefits and leave package. METRO’s offices are located at 57 E. 11th Street in New York City. This position requires extensive travel around the Metropolitan New York area and will require moving and lifting of equipment of up to 40 pounds. Additional travel to conferences and other events outside of the New York City area may also be required. Travel expenses will be covered by METRO.

APPLICATION DETAILS:The application period ends April 10, 2015. Please send a resume or cv and a cover letter, including the names and contact information for three professional references, as .pdf attachments to with “METRO Mobile Digitization Specialist” in the subject line.