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Image Processing Assistant (PT/Temporary)

Massachusetts Historical Society


Come join the Collections Services Department at Massachusetts Historical Society!

Image Processing Assistant Part-Time (part-time/grant-funded: 6 months)

The Massachusetts Historical Society seeks an Image Processing Assistant to join the Collections Services department.  This is a part-time (17.5 hours per week) temporary, six-month grant-funded position.

The Imaging Processing Assistant will create digital components for digital projects and web presentations for a project to digitize collections representing marginalized communities.  The work contributes to the Society’s mission to make its archival and library collections discoverable and useable by a wide web-based audience.  This position is very production-oriented and will require the successful candidate to be comfortable with repetitive tasks.  The Imaging Processing Assistant will be a member of the digital team and report to the Senior Archivist for Digital Initiatives.


Schedule and logistics:  The position will be available in mid-April 2021 and will end in mid-October 2021.  The position will start as a remote position and after several weeks will likely requires a combination of onsite and remote work.  MHS staff members have access to the building on a rotating basis and everyone entering the workplace must abide by protocols established because of the current public health crisis.



  • Prepares digital components (digital images, associated metadata) using an image editor, an XML editor, a web content management system and other in-house web tools and delivery systems.
  • Creates master digital images of items from the Society’s collections
  • Creates derivative digital images from master images of originals and microfilm
  • Creates item metadata and content descriptions
  • Contributes to the creation and dissemination of digitized content through web presentations
  • Follows existing documentation and guidelines regarding digital imaging and metadata creation
  • Participates in digital project team meetings and offers input about current production issues



  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant area and current enrollment in Master’s degree in library science, archives or history program
  • Demonstrated experience with image editors (e.g. Photoshop, Bridge) and scanning procedures
  • Familiarity with primary sources and an interest in history
  • Ability to work on repetitive tasks
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to follow specific guidelines and instructions
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment


Preferred qualifications

  • Some experience with XML, EAD, XSLT, METS and/or MODS
  • Experience with descriptive cataloging standards
  • Firsthand digital imaging experience (including materials handling procedures for primary sources) in a rare books or manuscripts repository
  • Experience working with content management systems


Application procedures:  Please email cover letter, résumé, and names of three references to Nancy Heywood, Senior Archivist for Digital Initiatives,


The Massachusetts Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer. We aim to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. Candidates of all backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged to apply. We are committed to creating a work place free from harassment and discrimination on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religious creed, gender identity and expression, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, genetic information, disability, military or veteran status, or any other category protected by law (also known as membership in a “protected class”). We offer a competitive benefits package and salary commensurate with experience.


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