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Project Assistant (part-time), Connecticut State Library, Hartford, CT


Unit: Preservation Office / Collection Services Unit
Location: Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT
Schedule: flexible, within Monday through Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm
Hours: 20 hours per week for 20 weeks
Salary: $25/hour
Duration: 20 weeks, ideally mid-October 2022 through early March 2023
Closing Date: August 15, 2022

A Project Assistant is sought to work onsite for the Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project, a project funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to digitize 100,000 pages of microfilmed Connecticut newspapers. This is a 20 hour per week, contracted position. Ideally the start date is mid-October 2022, and the position will run for 20 weeks from start date. Benefits are not included. The CT State Library is seeking an individual who is a quick learner with demonstrated ability to pay attention to detail and to work independently.

• Performs collation of service copy microfilm to create metadata for newspaper digitization project. Collation consists of examining every page on a reel of film and recording in a spreadsheet such things as issue date and number of pages, while watching for missing issues or pages;
• Assists with outreach activities, such as identifying content for use in social media posts or outreach materials;
• Assists Project Coordinator with preparing shipments of microfilm reels to digitization vendor, as needed;
• Assists Project Coordinator with quality inspection of negative microfilm, as needed;
• Other duties as assigned.

The preferred candidate will have: Demonstrated experience with digitization projects with a solid understanding of digitization and/or microfilm conversion projects; Experience working with microfilm, quality control assurance, and data entry; Knowledge of newspapers or serials; Bachelor’s degree with an interest in history or related fields; and the ability to identify items in historic newspapers that will be of special research or popular interest.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree or two years of college; Two years of library work experience; Knowledge of Excel and Microsoft applications; Basic communication and interpersonal skills; Ability to work at a microfilm machine for long periods; Excellent attention to detail.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume by 5pm EST, August 15, 2022.  The successful candidate will be asked to sign a Personal Service Agreement (a contract) with the State of Connecticut for his or her services.

Email a cover letter and resume to:

Gail Hurley, Co-Director, CT Digital Newspaper Project

Connecticut State Library

[email protected]