Brooklyn Public Library

  • Part Time Outreach Archivist

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(7/26/2019 4:59 PM)
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    Brooklyn Collection
  • Overview

    We are seeking an enthusiastic, dedicated individual to serve as Outreach Archivist for the Brooklyn Jewish history collection. The Outreach Archivist will conduct community events for the Jewish community in Brooklyn to provide on-site digitization service and oral history recording for members of the community who want to share their personal artifacts and stories. The outreach archivist will also assist with acquisitions recommendations for materials that can be added to the collection. The project will be funded by a grant from the David Berg Foundation.

    The Brooklyn Jewish history project is part of an effort by Brooklyn Public Library to create a repository for the history of the Jewish community of Brooklyn, to document the lives and stories of the community for and by the people.

    The Outreach Archivist will be equipped with a lightweight, urban-friendly mobile digitization/recording lab that can be taken to offsite locations to reach patrons with stories or personal collections to share that relate to Brooklyn’s Jewish history. Working with local partners, the Outreach Archivist will conduct oral history and community digitization events around the borough, with focus given to the neighborhoods with strong Jewish demographics. The public will be invited to record their stories and/or scan their personal photographs, ephemera, and mementos. The Outreach Archivist will use previous BPL projects Our Streets, Our Stories and Culture in Transit as frameworks.

    The Outreach Archivist will be based out of the Brooklyn Collection at BPL’s Central Library but will work with project leads for Our Streets, Our Stories, and spend time off-site providing digitization and related services. The Outreach Archivist will be responsible for organizing community events, recording digital audio, digitizing materials (scanning or digital photography), and creating metadata to describe the digitized materials. Documentation and assessment of the community events and budget accounting will be conducted throughout the life of the project.



    • Coordinate with Brooklyn Public Library staff and local community partners to plan and conduct oral history and community scanning events
    • Travel with mobile digitization equipment of up to 40 pounds to and from Brooklyn Public Library branches, via public transportation and car service
    • Serve as an advocate and promoter of the oral history/community scanning initiative to the public, BPL staff, and Friends groups
    • Connect community members with relevant information about BPL services, resources and programs
    • Digitize print materials (scanning and digital photography) and edit images using Photoshop
    • Conduct and digitally record oral history interviews
    • Create, update, and enhance metadata for the digitized items
    • Conduct the archival processing, the creation of metadata and the ingest of assets into Brooklyn Public Library’s digital collection management platform
    • Seek out and identify materials for purchase or acquisition
    • Conduct assessment and track feedback, statistics, and budgeting


    • Master’s Degree in Library/Information Science or pursuing coursework to obtain the degree, required
    • Experience working in a library, archive, or cultural heritage organization.
    • Background in working with Jewish communities and previous outreach or work with those communities preferred.
    • Leadership skills and the ability to take ownership of a project within a complex administrative structure
    • Proven proficiency in project management, communication, and outreach activities including public event planning, promotion, and social media
    • Experience handling delicate and rare/valuable special collection or archival materials 
    • Working knowledge of digitization systems, standards and technology 
    • Experience with scanning and digital photography software including a working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop
    • Experience with digital audio recording and uploading to SoundCloud, Libsyn or similar platforms 
    • Working knowledge of library/archival metadata standards and practices. Some cataloging experience or coursework
    • Familiarity with copyright as it relates to digitization of cultural heritage materials
    • High level of organizational skill with keen attention to detail
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, flexibility, and the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with a variety of project stakeholders
    • This positon is grant-funded through December 2020

    This is a part-time position with a 15-hour work week at $30 per hour.


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