The Digital Projects Fellow will work closely with the Head of Digital Projects and the Metadata Librarian, to provide direct support for a major DEIA (diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility) assessment of current digital collections. This Fellow will learn and engage with digital collections best practices. As part of the project, the Fellow will have opportunities to interact with librarians and specialists from other departments, receive mentorship for professional growth and development, and help connect with and cultivate a professional network of his/her peers. This position is a gift-funded, part-time, remote eligible, non-benefit eligible academic appointment through May 2023, has no supervisory responsibilities, and reports to the Head of Digital Projects.
- Literature review and researched report on DEIA principles that can be applied to local digital collections practices
- Communications and outreach support for DEIA audit process, blog posts and internal messaging
- Report on recommendations for digital collection content selection and curation criteria
- Editing legacy metadata records with DEIA recommendations as guide
- Professionally engage with best practices in digital collections, and realistic experiences in creating high quality digital repositories for library users
- Must be a current student or recent graduate of an ALA-accredited graduate degree program for Library and Information Science to apply
- Some experience with or knowledge about digital collections
- Adept at using computers and various applications; ability to quickly learn new software and programs
- Analytical and organizational skills
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively
- Demonstrated commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
- Some previous experience with library technologies and platforms
$20 hourly, 20 hours per week. Not eligible to receive benefits, but professional development funding is available. Funding levels vary annually, but fellows are generally eligible for about $1,000 in funding for travel, training, and memberships, though more may be available based on need.
Applications received by August 31, 2022 will be given priority consideration, however position will remain posted until filled. Desired start date is September 19, 2022.
Application materials must be submitted online at UMKC Human Resources. Applicants must combine all application materials (personal letter of interest with accompanying curriculum vitae, and a list of 3 references) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment. Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).
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