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Postcard Metadata Assistant - Student Assistant

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Job no: 500270
Department: University Libraries
Location: Oxford, OH
Work type: Student
Categories: Library, Other

Job Title:

Postcard Metadata Assistant - Student Assistant


$9.30 /hr

Duration of Appointment: 

Summer 2022

Hours per Week:


Job Summary:

Postcard Metadata Assistant (PMA) will assist the Digitization Services Specialist at the Walter Havighurst Special Collections and University Archives located on the third floor of King Library.

The Bowden Postcard Collection consists of over 500,000 postcards collected throughout the 20th Century and represent a vast range of historical and geographical images. The PMA will assist with metadata research, digitization efforts, and digital exhibits.

Essential Duties:

This position is mainly tasked with:
-Assisting with research and adding metadata for individual postcards
-Prepping postcards for digitization and assisting with the digitization process
-Utilizing Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to edit images (cropping, color correction, etc.)
-Creating outreach materials and digital exhibits related to the postcard collection
-Shifting, reshelving, and locating misplaced postcards
-Assisting the Digitization Services Specialist with blog posts and other content areas related to the postcard collection
-Answering directional questions about the libraries and campus and referring complex questions that require consultation to librarians
-Performing other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

Strong customer service skills and work ethic; great attention to detail; an understanding of commonly used Microsoft Office software or Google Drive components; basic computer troubleshooting; excellent communication skills (reading, writing, speaking); ability to multitask. There is a maximum 10 hours a week commitment. Please note that this location is open Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 am-5 pm ONLY.

Preferred Qualifications: 

Past work history or volunteer experience in graphic design or photography; basic knowledge of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Students who have an interest in pursuing a career in Library Science or in Digital Humanities is a plus but is not required.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Resumes are required.

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For questions regarding reasonable accommodations for disabilities, or to follow-up with a request, please contact or (513) 529-3560.

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