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Job posting: Project Archivist, Jewish Theological Seminary

  • 1.  Job posting: Project Archivist, Jewish Theological Seminary

    Posted 9 days ago

    The Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary seeks a full-time project archivist to process and create metadata for digitized audio-visual recordings from its institutional archives pertaining to the American Jewish experience from 1941 to 1999. This is a one-year, grant-funded project.

    Description of the Position:

    The project archivist will be responsible for processing, creating item-level descriptive metadata, and writing finding aids for digital recordings and films in mp4 and wav formats utilizing the MODS metadata schema. The project archivist will be an integral part of the archival and digital library teams.


    Analyze, arrange, and create descriptive metadata for digitized recordings. Meeting local and national standards, supplement embedded technical and administrative metadata created by the digitization vendor and ingest in MODS format into the library's digital asset management system. Write EAD/DACS-compliant finding aid(s) in ArchivesSpace and link digital assets. Create original bibliographic records in Alma. Troubleshoot and seek solutions for bibliographic, controlled vocabulary, and database issues.

    Minimum Requirements:

    ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS degree with a concentration in archival studies
    Familiarity with current archival processing standards (EAD, DACS) and library cataloging standards and practices (RDA, LCSH, MARC21, MODS)
    Demonstrated experience creating complex finding aids and original cataloging
    Ability to work creatively and effectively both in a team environment and independently
    Strong organizational and time-management skills; attention to accuracy and detail is essential
    Ability to communicate effectively
    Flexibility in performing varied tasks and learning new skills

    Preferred Qualifications:

    Proficiency and/or strong interest in Jewish studies
    One year of experience with Alma, ArchivesSpace, and digital asset management platforms
    Experience working with AV materials

    Salary is fixed at $54,000. To apply please send resume and cover letter to

    Mary LaMotte Silverstein
    Jewish Theological Seminary
    New York NY