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Digital Transcription Intern/Field Study, Special Collections, UMD Libraries

We're seeking a intern/field study student for the Spring 2017 semester to help us improve Transcribe MD. You must be currently enrolled as a UMD student to apply. 

POSITION TITLE:  Digital Transcription Intern, Special Collections, UMD Libraries

DESCRIPTION: The Digital Transcription Intern will be responsible for researching, writing reports, organizing outreach events, and otherwise discovering ways to enhance the Transcribe MD website. Transcribe MD is a UMD Libraries pilot project and online workspace where participants can improve access to our Special Collections materials documenting state of Maryland history and culture through crowdsourced transcription of archival documents.  

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:The Digital Transcription Intern will gain digital humanities career skills in working on enhancing the UMD Libraries pilot crowdsourced transcription project, Transcribe MD. The Intern’s main responsibilities will be as follows:

  • Reviews public and administrative interfaces of Transcribe MD and writes a report on functionality and specific needs of the project; implements any recommended changes that can be achieved without major technical support. (20%) 
  • Researches other digital transcription projects and drafts an internal editorial review workflow for Transcribe MD; begins to implement this process for already transcribed documents. (20%)
  • Investigates the feasibility of incorporating TEI or other textual mark-up enhancements into the editorial review process; writes a report and creates a workflow for how this could be achieved. (15%)
  • Researches and writes a more complete “how to transcribe” for users of the Transcribe MD site; investigates and adds other information to the site that would be helpful to users. (15%)
  • Assists in organizing and teaching transcription at a Transcribe-A-Thon for April/May 2018 for outreach to the campus and local community. (15%)
  • Organizes and participates in a crowdsourced transcription event for UMD's Maryland Day (April 28, 2018). (10%)
  • Writes a monthly blog post on the project and contributes to SCUA/Libraries social media; investigates the viability of the idea of initiating a Transcribe MD blog. (5%)

 PHYSICAL DEMANDS: 

  • Must be able to tolerate occasional dirty/dusty conditions.
  • Must be able to work for extended periods of time on a computer.

 SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • This is a non-supervisory position.

 QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, skills, and abilities):

  • Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a broad variety of tasks in response to varying time pressures with shifting priorities and changing constraints. 
  • Demonstrated interest in digital humanities projects.
  • Ability to organize outreach events for Special Collections materials. 
  • Ability to work effectively with others in a team setting. 
  • Knowledge of archival theory and practice. 
  • Must have basic computer skills including thorough knowledge of MS office products and knowledge of how to navigate archival management systems.

EDUCATION:

Required

  • Candidate must hold or currently be working towards: an ALA-accredited Master's degree in library science with an emphasis on archives/special collections; OR a master's degree in American history, American studies, or other related discipline.

EXPERIENCE:

 Required

  • Experience working with archival materials either as a researcher or in an archives/special collections setting as a student/staff employee.
  • Must be able to read and transcribe nineteenth-century handwriting. 

 Preferred

  •   Familiarity with editing historical documents.
  •   Previous experience working on a digital humanities project.
  •   Previous experience using Omeka and/or Mediawiki.

 The successful candidate must be available to work January-June 2018. This is a part-time, 10 hour/week position This is an hourly graduate student position only; it is not a graduate assistantship position. There are no health, tuition, retirement, or vacation benefits.  The hourly pay rate is $15.00/hour. The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

 To apply please send a cover letter and resume to Elizabeth Novara, Curator, Historical Manuscripts, enovara [at] umd.edu.   Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please submit all materials by Friday, December 1, 2017.