National Digital Newspaper Program Project Coordinator - Phoenix
State of Arizona Research Library Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records A Division of the Arizona Secretary of State
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
This temporary position will be the project coordinator on a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) grant project. NDNP is a joint venture between the NEH and the Library of Congress (LC) to provide digital access to United States newspapers. The Project Coordinator will assist with the running of the project under the supervision of the State of Arizona Research Library (STARL) Director (the Grant Manager for the project) and the News Content Program Manager (the Project Director). This position will interact with all Arizona State Library (LAPR)/STARL staff, grant partners, vendor, and Library of Congress to complete this project and ensure that all deliverables are in adherence to LC technical requirements.
This position will be hired through an employment agency. Work will conclude by Aug. 30, 2019. This is a 40-hour a week position during business hours at $20/hour.
Assist with the day-to-day general and technical project direction, workflow and vendor interactions.
Coordinate the transfer of microfilm to vendor for second generation negatives and scanning. Also coordinate the return of grant partners’ silver negatives after the duplication, scanning and quality control have been completed.
Coordinate microfilm including evaluation, digital collation, metadata collection, and quality control.
Follow workflows and best practices for the project in collaboration with STARL News Content Program Manager and the vendor.
Develop and monitor tracking logs for newspapers included in the project.
Serve as the liaison with the vendor for zoning, keying, OCR database indexing and metadata.
Assure sampling mechanism for images ingested from vendor.
Assure quality control review of images text and text-bound (i.e. PDF) products and associated metadata returned from the vendor to ensure that the product meets project specifications.
Verify newspaper metadata such as date/volume/issue number for film scanning.
Enter newspaper metadata using the vendor’s tool.
Review of images text and text-bound and associated metadata returned from the vendor to ensure that the product meets project specifications.
Provide quality control for the project.
Ensure batches are sent to the vendor in the required format, assisting with coordination for batch transfers.
Work with State Library cataloging staff to make certain that holding records for Arizona newspapers are updated, including Union List records in OCLC and MARC holding records in local and state cataloging.
Work with News Content Program Manager to ensure grant requirements are met.
Collect and maintain statistics on production.
Coordinate the delivery of materials (digital and microfilm) to the Library of Congress.
Work with News Content Program Manager to develop public relations materials and provide outreach to other institutions on applying for grants to digitize newspapers and the process, best practices, and project and pitfalls.
Required Knowledge and Degree/Experience
MLS or equivalent degree from an ALA accredited program, or an equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience.
Knowledge of and experience with a wide range of digital formats, including TIFF, PDF, JPG2000; techniques, and equipment; as well as knowledge of standards for digital objects and metadata.
Knowledge of XML, METS, ALTO, and other digital content and metadata standards. Excellent attention to detail and the ability to exercise good judgment in implementing standards and rules.
Ability to work effectively in a team environment with both technical and non-technical staff.
Flexibility in adapting to changing priorities.
Strong analytical skills and excellent written and oral communication skills and proofreading experience.