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Image Processing Assistant (part-time/temporary), Massachusetts Historical Society (Boston)

The Massachusetts Historical Society seeks an Image Processing Assistant to join the Collections Services department.  This is a part-time (7-14 hours per week) temporary position, available starting in November 2021 and continuing through June 2022.   The Imaging Processing Assistant will create digital components for digital projects and web presentations for three different funded digitization projects focusing on various manuscript collections. This position is very production-oriented and will require the successful candidate to be comfortable with repetitive tasks.  The Imaging Processing Assistant will be a member of the digital team and report to the Senior Archivist for Digital Initiatives.  

-Prepares digital components (digital images, associated metadata) using an image editor, an XML editor, a web content management system and other in-house web tools and delivery systems.
-Creates master digital images of items from the Society’s collections
-Creates derivative digital images from master images of originals and microfilm
-Creates item metadata and content descriptions
-Contributes to the creation and dissemination of digitized content through web presentations
-Follows existing documentation and guidelines regarding digital imaging and metadata creation
-Participates in digital project team meetings and offers input about current production issues


-Bachelor’s degree in relevant area and completion or current enrollment in Master’s degree in library science, archives or history program
-Demonstrated experience with image editors (e.g. Photoshop, Bridge) and scanning procedures 
-Experience with handling archival materials 
-Familiarity with primary sources and an interest in history
-Ability to work on repetitive tasks 
-Strong attention to detail and ability to follow specific guidelines and instructions
-Ability to work independently and in a team environment 
-Some experience with XML, EAD, XSLT, METS and/or MODS (preferred)
-Firsthand digital imaging experience in a rare books or manuscripts repository (preferred)

Full/Part Time

Part Time




$16.00  / hour

Closing Date

Open until filled

How to Apply

Please email cover letter, résumé, and names of three references to Nancy Heywood, Senior Archivist for Digital Initiatives,  


2021-11-16 |  Quick link to this job