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Digitization Associate Position (part time)
The Brooklyn Historical Society is hiring a Digitization Associate who will report directly to the Head of Collection Management. This position will entail handling delicate and valuable materials, scanning and photography of those materials, billing, electronic delivery, digital asset management, and copyright research and assessment.  While a technical position, it offers a variety of tasks and access to rare materials within a historical museum and research library.
 
Responsibilities
•    Complete staff- and researcher-requested digitization of collection items and distribute assets to internal users and external partners.
•    Work closely with staff in departments across the institution to improve access to digital assets for daily use, special projects, and initiatives.
•    Invoice and process payments for image orders for external researchers.
•    Research copyright status for all requests.
•    Attach metadata to all scans
•    Provide day-to-day and long-range administrative oversight of digital assets.
•    Update Past Perfect records with scanning information.
•    Item-level cataloging using Past Perfect; collection-level record enhancement using Archivists’ Toolkit
•    Special projects in support of archival and library collections.
•    Blogging and Photo of the Week participation.

Qualifications
•    Enrolled in or recent graduate from graduate school for Information & Library Science.
•    Strong computer skills, including a complete working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Bridge software.
•    High level of organizational skill with keen attention to detail.
•    Copy photography experience preferred.
•    Familiarity with Past Perfect Museum Software preferred.
•    Basic knowledge of intellectual property issues preferred.

Compensation
3 days/week or a total of 21 hours during normal business hours: Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm for 1 year at a rate of $20/hour.  Benefits include free admittance to NYC museums.

To Apply
Those with an interest in history, background in photography, and formal training in library science/archival management should post a cover letter and resume to library@brooklynhistory.org. The subject line of the email should read: [last name] Digitization Associate

Position starts December 1, 2014.

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
Brooklyn Historical Society is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of any mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.

Reference Librarian (part time)
Brooklyn Historical Society’s Othmer Library and Archives in Brooklyn, NY seeks an energetic, user-oriented candidate to serve as a part-time Reference Librarian reporting to the Head of Reference and User Services.

The ideal candidate is detail-oriented, highly organized, and has an eye for improving efficiencies. He or she communicates clearly and effectively with a wide range of users (from internal museum staff to advanced scholars to local genealogists) and prioritizes user experience and satisfaction.

Responsibilities
The Reference Librarian will provide high-quality reference services to library users and museum visitors in the library reading room as well as via email, telephone, and post. The Reference Librarian will also support a robust and innovative library instruction program. He or she will facilitate day-to-day operations of the reading room, will collect and help analyze assessment data, and will promote the library through outreach efforts. The Reference Librarian will also contribute to a range of public services projects (such as improving wayfinding or enhancing discovery tools).

Required Qualifications
•    Masters of Library and Information Science or equivalent degree, or significant coursework towards the completion of an MLIS.
•    Demonstrated experience providing reference services in a research library (ideally, in an archives and special collections setting).
•    Demonstrated experience providing instruction, training, and/or public presentations in an applicable setting.
•    Demonstrated experience properly caring for and handling rare materials.
•    Ability to lift, bend, and reach boxes or volumes weighing up to 40 lbs.
 
Preferred Qualifications
•    Experience promoting library collections and services through effective outreach initiatives.
•    Experience or knowledge of user experience assessment and improvement.
•    Familiarity with ILS systems and Archivists’ Toolkit and with the use and application of standardized vocabularies.
•    Previous archival processing and description experience, and an understanding of pragmatic and efficient processing procedures.

Compensation and Schedule
Compensation is $20/ hour. Required work schedule is 9:30 am – 5:30 pm, Wednesday – Saturday (28 hours per week). The position will begin as early as December 15, 2014 through June 30, 2015, with possibility of extension.
 
To Apply
Send a cover letter and resume to library@brooklynhistory.org. The subject line of the email should read: [last name] – PT Reference Librarian

Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
Brooklyn Historical Society is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of any mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.
 

Internship Opportunities

Please check back for information about graduate internships in the Library, for students currently enrolled in MLIS programs.

Library Interns

There are no library internships available at Brooklyn Historical Society at this time. 

Public Programs & Communications Interns


Social Media Marketing Internship - Fall 2014

About the Position
The Social Media Marketing intern will assist the Communications & Programs Associate and the Programs & Communications team with development and execution of communications and outreach. This is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic, self-starter to obtain substantive, hands-on experience in non-profit marketing and communications as part of an organization experiencing an exciting period of growth in its communications and outreach. The intern will contribute to the brainstorming and execution of innovative online messaging to increase the visibility of BHS, build excitement about our exhibitions and programs for the public, and tell the full and complex story of the institution.

Position Details
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
•    Assisting in the creation and execution of the communications calendar
•    Monitoring, updating, and publishing new content for all social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest
•    Developing proposals for social media campaigns
•    Reporting and monitoring traffic of all networks
•    Maintaining BHS press files
•    Updating website content

In addition to gaining experience working as part of a small, productive team and taking on responsibilities in non-profit digital brand messaging, benefits of this unpaid internship include free access to NYC museums and discounts in the BHS Gift Shop.

Candidate Profile
The ideal candidate will be able to commit to 10-15 hours a week and be able to work directly in our Brooklyn office. However, we will consider a combination of in-office and remote work.
•    Exceptional writing and interpersonal skills: ability to write compelling content for website, blogs, and social networks
•    Current or recently graduated college or graduate student in the NYC area
•    Copy-writing and/or creative writing experience a plus
•    Proficient in Photoshop
•    Savvy and experienced with social networking tools
•    Excellent self-starter with the ability to work effectively alone or in a team environment
•    Reliable, flexible, and committed to the internship
•    Excellent attention to detail

How to Apply
Send your resume, cover letter, references, and availability as a PDF to Meredith Duncan at apply@brooklynhistory.org. Please include “Social Media Marketing Internship” in the subject line.

About Brooklyn Historical Society
Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally-recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary and complex history. BHS is a vibrant museum, a world-renowned research library, a cutting-edge education center, and a hub for community dialogue. Located in a landmark 1881 building designed by architect George Browne Post, BHS welcomes both residents and visitors from around the world to learn about Brooklyn’s past, present, and future.

Posting Date

August 18th, 2014


Development Interns


Seasonal Development Internship

About the Position
Brooklyn Historical Society is currently seeking 1-2 Seasonal Development interns. The successful candidate will learn about fundraising operations inside a nonprofit organization and will gain valuable experience and skills applicable for careers in the nonprofit, cultural and marketing sectors. Internship may be extended and applicable to additional departments (Education, Library) if student is interested.

Position Details

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
•    Administrative: Research and prepare reports; assist with office filing and day-to-day tasks, may include some travel for errrands around the city.
•    Special Events: Assist Special Event Coordinator with special events, including Brooklyn Bounty. Help prepare guest lists; liaison with vendors and volunteers. Attend day-of events as needed. Conduct interviews and compose blog entries to be published on our BHS blog.
•    Membership: Assist with Raisers Edge database, mailings, and other special projects and events as assigned.

Skills and Experience
•    Candidate must be interested in learning about non-profits.
•    Possess excellent writing, computer, organizational and communication skills
•    Knowledge of MS Office (Excel, Word, Powepoint) and social media (Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter).
•    Graphic design skills, Adobe Photoshop and Raiser’s Edge experience are a plus but not required.
•    Familiarity with or interest in Brooklyn is helpful.

Hours
Flexible during 9am-5pm business work week. 16-20 hours per week, depending on availability and requirements of student and program.

Salary
•    Unpaid, but credit may be obtained for participation in this program; interns are expected to make a commitment to a full summer and/or semester of work.
•    Published credit for written content on the BHS blog.
•    Includes free, unlimited admission to Brooklyn Historical Society’s Othmer Library, exhibits, programs and events and free admission to NYC museums and cultural institutions.

To Apply
Submit a cover letter and resume to apply@brooklynhistory.org or fax to 718-222-3794. Please include "Seasonal Development Internship" in the subject line. One letter of recommendation from a teacher/professor or former employer is preferred, but not required.
Interviews will commence immediately.

About Brooklyn Historical Society
Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally-recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary and complex history. BHS is a vibrant museum, a world-renowned research library, a cutting-edge education center, and a hub for community dialogue. Located in a landmark 1881 building designed by architect George Browne Post, BHS welcomes both residents and visitors from around the world to learn about Brooklyn’s past, present, and future.

Posting Date

August 18th, 2014


Public History Interns


There are no public history internships available at Brooklyn Historical Society at this time. 


Education Interns


There are no education internships available at Brooklyn Historical Society at this time.

Oral History Interns

There are no oral history internships available at Brooklyn Historical Society at this time. 

Volunteer Opportunities

BHS accepts volunteers on a quarterly basis.  Please download an application, and email volunteer@brooklynhistory.org with all supporting materials, or mail your application to the address below. Many departments only accept volunteers on a project basis (public history, curatorial, education and tours).  If there is not a listing below, we are not currently looking for volunteers in those departments at this time. Please check back!

Public Programs and/or Front Desk Positions
Contact: Kate Ludwig, Visitor Services Coordinator
Attn: Volunteer Positions
Brooklyn Historical Society
129 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201 Email: volunteer@brooklynhistory.org

Development
Contact:Taina Sanon: Database and Membership Coordinator
Development Department
Brooklyn Historical Society
129 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
tsanon@brooklynhistory.org