The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority is seeking a Digital Image Archive Specialist to coordinate and support the creation of a digital repository and series of photographic books documenting MWRA and pre-MWRA water and sewer construction projects.
This specialist would coordinate and support multi-departmental teams. The MWRA construction photos are currently a mix of photographic prints and digital files on disks or servers distributed among Engineering & Construction, Public Affairs, and the Record Center. M.I.S. provides technical support. Some images are already in a Canto Cumulus catalog, a digital repository in use primarily by Public Affairs since the 1990s.
The Image Archive Specialist will collect and scan images, work with these teams to establish selection criteria, add metadata, and perform whatever transformations are necessary to bring the images into Cumulus. The specialist will contribute expertise to conform to digitization project standards and guidelines and coordinate in-house specialists by developing plans, scheduling meetings, posting agendas and maintaining minutes. .
The specialist may also participate in a multi-institutional effort to locate, document and digitize pre-MWRA historic images of the water and sewer system dating back to the 1800s and provide shared access, possibly through the Digital Commonwealth project.
Relevant and up-to-date coursework in a Library & Information Science or similar graduate or certification program with a specialty in photographic and digital archives and/or equivalent experience. . Familiarity with guidelines for digital image collections, scanning and image quality issues, metadata standards, and related computer technology required. Excellent communication, organization and planning skills, and the ability to work independently as well as in a team. Must be able to travel to our Record Center in Marlboro, headquarters at the Charlestown Navy Yard, and other locations within Massachusetts.
Work location: MWRA facility, Chelsea Mass., 2 Griffin Way
Compensation based on educational level and experience.
Work Schedule: 20 37.5 hours per week, can vary.
This is a one year internship or contract position.