Description Job Summary: Vanderbilt University seeks a specialist in digital collections and learning sciences to digitize and create semantic meta-data for audio, moving image, photo and print media used in design-based research on learning by making public history. The successful candidate will play a vital role in the development of Digital Spatial Story Lines that capture the history of American Roots music and social activism in the Nashville geographic region. The candidate will work with faculty and graduate students on a National Science Foundation grant to Vanderbilt University. Training will be provided related to the research project and some aspects of the technical work. Key Duties and Responsibilities: Identify material related to the research project in archives of museum and library partners. Digitize archival material when needed and develop meta-data for a growing digital collection. Support the preparation of materials for digitization and digital spatial storyline development. Preferred Education, Skills, and Experiences: Master's Degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited institution or comparable education preferred but not required. Understanding and work experience with basic activities of data curation (e.g., picking and using standard ontologies, familiarity with typical visualizations of semantic web data). Demonstrable interest in (direct experience preferred) research and development of environments in which adolescents and adults use archival information to learn or pursue their own interests. Willingness to read, discuss with others, and learn about basic research in learning sciences and information design. Willingness to read, discuss with others, and learn about research on visitor studies and learning in museum and library settings. Familiarity with the history of American Roots music and Civil Rights activism, in addition to an interest in contemporary practices of both. Experience with and interest to learn more about digital mapping and spatial analysis and modeling (e.g., map-based visualizations of cultural heritage information). Facility with open source coding and markup languages sufficient to work with information structured as a semantic web. Master's Degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited institution or comparable education preferred but not required. Knowledge of digitization best practices and techniques. Cataloging experience. Familiarity in working with a variety of formats is highly desirable as is a working knowledge of American Roots music. Ability to properly handle fragile and rare archival materials. Ability to use Adobe Photoshop and Audio and Moving Image software programs. Experience with CONTENTdm or similar digital asset management system. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Additional Information: Must have reliable transportation. Mileage will be reimbursed.
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