• Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Rutgers Newark
  • Salary: $15.00 per hour

Website Rutgers University Libraries - Newark

Job Title: Institute of Jazz Studies Graduate Specialist

Job Description:

This position will assist Institute of Jazz Studies faculty in two key areas: digitization and metadata. Duties include scanning paper materials for off-site researchers, communicating with the researchers and IJS archivists, tracking reformatting work, and generating metadata for digitized material.

Scope of work and detailed description of the job

The Institute of Jazz Studies, located on the Newark campus, is seeking to employ a graduate student to assist in the scanning and duplication of archival materials for off-site users. Reporting to the Head of Archival Collections and Services, this position will perform a wide variety of scanning and duplication tasks aimed at delivering content to remote users. The Graduate Specialist is expected to work 10 hours per week on-site at Dana Library and will be trained on use of equipment, metadata requirements, quality control, handling valuable and unique archival materials in a variety of formats, software, and workflows. The duties for this position cannot be performed remotely.

The Graduate Specialist will assist in the inspection and duplication of rare materials, the application of controlled vocabularies (training provided), and the completion of defined information fields within a spreadsheet format. The Graduate Specialist will gain hands on experience under the guidance of professional librarians. Ideally the candidate should be available to begin working during Fall 2021.

Previous experience and interest in archives research and reformatting standards and best practices is a plus. The ideal candidate will possess knowledge and interest of jazz history, and a passion for providing friendly and efficient service to users from diverse backgrounds.

Among the key duties of the position are the following:
• Assist the IJS archivists by digitizing materials on request
• Perform quality assurance elements of the digitization process including tracking spreadsheets and following established file naming and storage workflows.
• Performs other duties as assigned

Required qualifications:
• Graduate student currently enrolled full-time at Rutgers University, with an expected graduation date no sooner than Spring 2022.
• Intellectual curiosity and strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to create a welcoming and inclusive environment
• Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills; ability to speak and clearly communicate in person and in writing
• Knowledge of and/or experience entering data into Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and in the use of cloud-based applications
• Attention to detail
• A strong interest in jazz history.
• Research skills
• Ability to read cursive/handwriting are vital to this suite of responsibilities.

• Preferred qualifications
• Graduate student in the Master of Information (MI) program or other Humanities program
• Prior metadata collection experience
• Prior and demonstrable library experience either as an employee or researcher.

Special Conditions:
The expected schedule is 10 hours per week. The appointment will begin in the Fall 2021 Semester with the opportunity for renewal from Spring 2022. Hourly rate is $15.00 per hour. To apply, please provide the following materials: a cover letter describing your interest in the opportunity, and a CV/resume to Adriana Cuervo at adriana.cuervo@rutgers.edu. We are looking to hire a creative thinker, an independent graduate student who is interested in learning about jazz, digital projects, and metadata standards. Graduate students with a humanities background, knowledge and interest in jazz history are encouraged to apply.

To apply for this job email your details to adriana.cuervo@rutgers.edu