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Sunday, May 05, 2024 10:57 PM | Laura DeMuro (Administrator)

Digital Projects Specialist 

(May 5, 2024)

Position Title - Digital Projects Specialist

Supervisor Title (All entry and mid-level position supervisors should be qualified, professional archivists.)- Digital Preservation Manager

Position Type - Full-time, permanent

Benefits - Yes

Salary Range - $45,000 - $55,000

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research seeks a full-time digital projects specialist to join its Digital Lab. The Digital Lab ensures the long-term accessibility and preservation of YIVO library and archive materials. The Lab primarily works on digitization and post-digitization phases of archival projects, ingesting upwards of half a million digital objects into their DAMS each year. The Lab also supports digital projects across the entire organization.

Reporting to the Digital Lab Manager, the Digital Projects Specialist works on all digitization and ingest phases of projects. This is an on-site position.

Responsibilities include:

  • Digital capture of library and archival materials according to current digital preservation standards.
  • Perform postproduction on digital objects, including adding metadata and filenames
  • Perform quality assurance on digitized materials
  • Ingest digitized materials into DAMS system
  • Track and report digitization progress on shared Google spreadsheets
  • Keep current with trends and developments in the field of digital preservation.
  • Basic equipment maintenance and troubleshooting


  • MLIS or equivalent
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience digitizing paper materials for preservation
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, including Lightroom and Photoshop.
  • Knowledge and understanding of digital image file parameters, including bit depth, color profiles, resolution, compression, image size, and formats
  • Ability to learn new technical skills in the context of digital preservation
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to meet project deadlines
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Interest in the history and culture of East European Jewry
  • Language proficiency in Yiddish, Hebrew, Russian, and/or Polish
  • Previous experience working in library or archives settings
  • Previous experience with photography and camera equipment
  • Familiarity working with archival collections as a curator or researcher

Salary Range: $54,000-59,000


To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Devora Geller, Digital Preservation Manager, at dgeller@yivo.org.

Please include “Digital Projects Specialist” in the subject heading of the email.

Questions? communications@nycarchivists.org

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