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PHP Web Developer

The Massachusetts Historical Society is looking to contract a highly skilled PHP developer for an open-source project. We are building a web delivery system for historical documents that ingests XML and creates browse features from stored JSON metadata. Our lead developer requires a second set of eyes focused on refactoring and expanding the MVC architecture, preparing documentation (in the form of regularized in-code commenting) for open-source release, and possible adding unit testing to the mix. Experience working toward PSR standards is highly desirable.

At present, please submit a bid in the form of a formal email addressed to Bill Beck, stating your qualifications, and the nature of work you could perform, along with your hourly rate. Please attach a resumé.

Work will be remote, but an occasional in person meeting will be required. It will begin Spring 2020.

 

PROOFREADER, THE JOHN QUINCY ADAMS DIGITAL DIARY

Part-time position (approximately 5–10 hours per week, flexible depending on availability); $15–18 per hour, commensurate with experience

Purpose

The proofreader is responsible for verifying transcription changes for the John Quincy Adams Digital Diary (DJQA) project against the diary’s handwritten manuscript pages (images of which are available online), specifically for diary entries for the 1802–1817 and 1830–1848 periods. The DJQA project aims to make authoritative and searchable transcriptions of the daily record kept for 68 years by American statesman John Quincy Adams freely available online. This position may be performed remotely.

Responsibilities

· Learn and use project’s verification instructions

· Verify the accuracy of proofreading changes in transcription files using the Microsoft Word track changes feature

· Participate in project team meetings

· The proofreader may also undertake other tasks as needed to support the timely completion of the DJQA project.

Requirements

· Experience reading and/or transcribing archival materials

· Familiarity with 18th- and 19th-century handwritten manuscripts

· Knowledge of American history; familiarity with specific time periods a plus

· Proficiency with digital technology a plus

· Must pass transcription and proofreading test

Skills

· Excellent word processing (Microsoft Word) and organizational skills

· Ability to learn and follow specific guidelines

· Ability to work independently and in a team environment

Note

Candidates also interested in and possessing the requisite skills and experience for the open “DJQA Encoder” position may submit a single application for consideration by noting their interest in a joint position.

TO APPLY: Please email a cover letter and resume under the subject line “DJQA Proofreader” to saram@masshist.org. Applications will be accepted through 4 September 2019.

Encoder, THE JOHN QUINCY ADAMS DIGITAL DIARY

Part-time position (approximately 5–10 hours per week, flexible depending on availability); $15–18 per hour, commensurate with experience

Purpose

The encoder will tag personal names and/or topical headings to assist with the online delivery of the John Quincy Adams Digital Diary, which aims to make authoritative and searchable transcriptions of the daily record kept for 68 years by American statesman John Quincy Adams freely available. This is a digital humanities project that requires a combined technical and liberal arts background.

Responsibilities

· Learns and uses project’s encoding guidelines and authority name file

· In-line encoding of unique identifiers for personal names in XML file

· Participates in project team meetings

Requirements

· Understanding of authority control

· Experience with markup languages (XML or HTML), especially the TEI tagset

· Capacity for detailed, accurate work

· BA required in history or related field; coursework in library science and/or the digital humanities a plus

Skills

· Ability to learn and follow specific guidelines

· Excellent computer skills

· Ability to work independently and in a team environment

Note

Candidates also interested in and possessing the requisite skills and experience for the open “DJQA Proofreader” position may submit a single application for consideration by noting their interest in a joint position.

TO APPLY: Please email a cover letter and resume under the subject line “DJQA Encoder” to saram@masshist.org

Visitor Services Associate

Come join our Visitor Services team! The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) seeks a part-time (18 to 22 hours per week) Visitor Services Associate (VSA) to greet visitors and provide a rich overview of multiple facets of the Society’s resources. Founded in 1791, the Massachusetts Historical Society is an invaluable resource for American history, life, and culture. Its extraordinary collections tell the story of America through millions of rare and unique documents, artifacts, and irreplaceable national treasures. Its collections are accessible to anyone with an interest in American history. Beyond research, the MHS offers many ways for the public to enjoy its collections including engaging programs, thought-provoking exhibitions, publications, seminars, and teacher workshops.

This position staffs the Visitor Services desk on Tuesday evenings (with the possibility to work additional hours during the day on Tuesday), Fridays, and Saturdays for a total of 18-22 hours/week. There may be opportunity to work additional hours during evening programs.

Duties:
The VSA staffs the admissions desk, welcomes all guests to the MHS, and enriches the experience of our visitors by providing professional service in a friendly and welcoming manner. The position helps to maintain the security of the building by keeping accurate records through our visitor management software, controlling traffic in and out of the lobby, and enforcing security policies. The position provides information regarding exhibitions, programs, membership, and other services provided by the Society, as well as assists in the promotion, registration, and implementation of programs and events. The VSA records details such as total number of visitors, how they heard about the MHS, area of origin, etc. The Visitor Services team works closely with the executive team to ensure information regarding meetings and parking is up-to-date and shared in a timely manner. The VSA answers the telephone and directs calls to the appropriate staff members, monitors deliveries, provides assistance to visitors with specific needs, and handles visitor complaints, including receiving and recording visitor feedback. In the event of an emergency, the VSA will follow evacuation procedures and assist visitors. The VSA will assist with other projects as needed. This person plays an essential part in promoting the Society’s public image and in maintaining the security of the building and collections.

Requirements:
The successful candidate will be someone who enjoys working with the public, meeting new people, and partnering with volunteers as demonstrated by experience working with a diverse public in a customer service or similar position; possess good written and verbal communication skills, and strong planning and organization skills; be able to consistently enforce policies and procedures; and be proficient with Microsoft Office applications. Broad general knowledge and interest in American history, the community, and visitor services is strongly preferred; familiarity with visitor management software and Square (or similar point of sale system) is preferred.

Application procedure:
To apply, please e-mail cover letter, brief resume, and names of three references to Carol Knauff at cknauff@masshist.org. No phone calls please. The MHS is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and is an Equal Opportunity Employee.

Part-Time Library Assistant

The Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) seeks a part-time library assistant (up to 21 hours per week) to greet visitors and provide services to researchers who make use of the Society’s collections in the MHS library.

The MHS is an independent research library that collects, preserves, and makes accessible manuscripts and other materials that promote the study of the history of our nation—a mission that has remained constant since 1791. The MHS holds more than 3,600 manuscript collections, as well as extensive collections of early American imprints, newspapers, maps, printed ephemera, photographs, engravings, and other research materials.

The library is staffed Monday, Wednesday – Friday 8:45 AM to 4:45 PM, Tuesday 8:45 AM to 7:45 PM and Saturday 8:45 AM to 4:00 PM. The ideal candidate would have a flexible schedule including Saturday availability.

Duties: The library assistant works as part of the reference team and reports to the Reference Librarian. Duties include staffing the library reception area, answering telephone and email reference queries, monitoring the reading room, paging materials, and assisting the reference staff with various library tasks. The library assistant greets, authorizes, and directs all researchers entering the library; explains MHS library policies and procedures; and directs incoming telephone calls for the MHS as a whole. The majority of the library assistant’s time is spent interacting directly with the public. This position is essential in promoting the Society’s public image and in maintaining the security of the collections.

All library assistants are cross-trained on visitor services functions and may be called on to cover the Society’s reception desk.

Requirements: The successful candidate will hold a bachelor’s degree; possess a demonstrated interest in American history, with strong interest in Early American or Massachusetts/New England history; and have experience working with a diverse public in a customer service or similar position; be proficient with Microsoft Office applications; have strong research skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and strong planning and organization skills; and possess the ability to work well in a team environment;.

Completion of some coursework in Library and Information Science, American history, American studies, public history, or an archives program strongly preferred; familiarity with user-end functions of an integrated library system (Voyager), Aeon or similar circulation module, and providing reference assistance, as well as previous experience working with archival materials in a library, museum, or other historical organization are preferred.

This position requires the ability to lift boxes weighing up to fifty pounds and to transport materials loaded onto wheeled carts.

Salary: $14.00/hour.

Application procedure: Please send an application by email (preferred) or postal mail, including a cover letter, brief resume, and list of three references to Dan Hinchen, at dhinchen@masshist.org or Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215

Applications received before October 1 will be given preference; open until filled.

 


The 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.