The Historic Maryland Newspapers Project (HMNP) at the University of Maryland Libraries, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, is seeking an intern or student assistant to perform duties related to metadata creation, quality control, and outreach. The Historic Maryland Newspapers Project digitizes Maryland newspapers according to the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) technical specifications. The digital assets created by the project are contributed to a free, online newspaper database developed and hosted by the Library of Congress, Chronicling America.
Student assistants work under the supervision of the Digital Projects Librarian. Student assistants must be available to work 10-20 hours per week with availability between the hours of 8am and 4pm in McKeldin Library.
- Collect and record required metadata elements according to NDNP technical specifications.
- Perform qualitative and quantitative quality control of digital images and metadata to ensure compliance with NDNP technical specifications.
- Record and tabulate project statistics in Microsoft Excel.
- Perform outreach by writing blog posts, generating social media content, and staffing HMNP events as needed.
- Assist Project Manager with grant research and partnership efforts.
- Other duties as assigned.
- General understanding of current digitization and metadata standards.
- Strong writing and research skills.
- Strong attention to detail.
- Working knowledge of Excel, Google Apps, and social media platforms.
- Ability to work independently.
- Ability to balance and prioritize tasks in order to meet deadlines.
- Knowledge of Maryland history and/or journalism.
- Knowledge of digital formats and file types and/or digitization practices.
Hourly pay rate is $12/hour. This is an hourly position only. There are no health, tuition, retirement, or vacation benefits. Students who do not wish to receive academic credit may apply as student assistants.
To apply please email a cover letter and resume to Digital Projects Librarian Rebecca Wack at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants will be contacted via e-mail if selected for interview. The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer.