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The Digital Watauga Project is a small project with only one part-time staff member, the Digitization Technician, based at the Watauga County Public Library. The Project's Chairperson also oversees the Digitization Technician and assists with interviewing interns, collection acquisition, and project oversight. Both can be reached at digitalwatauga@gmail.com.

We are always looking for more volunteers and frequently have internships available for students.

Current Part-Time Openings

PART-TIME, TEMPORARY POSITION with the Digital Watauga Project

Title: Digital Watauga Technician

Salary: $10.00 Per Hour, 16 Hours Per Week

Job Period: Available January 13, 2020, Up to 15 Weeks Total (240 Hours), To Be Completed by May 7, 2020

Location: Watauga County Public Library, Boone, NC

Job Description: The temporary employee will process, describe, and digitize materials from the Digital Watauga Project, including slide images, negatives, photographic prints, and documents from the various collections of the Digital Watauga Project, as assigned during the internship. Under the supervision of the Watauga County Library Staff, with assistance from the Chairperson of the Digital Watauga Project, the temporary employee will be responsible for processing, arranging, describing, digitizing, and archivally re-housing the collections to meet the information needs of our website users while also following Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) and the Dublin Core Initiative to accurately describe the digital objects. The employee will also be responsible for adding the digital objects and associated metadata to Omeka.

Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in history, library science, English, Appalachian Studies, anthropology, or a related field. Graduate coursework toward completion of an advanced degree in history, historic preservation, art history, library science, or a related field is preferred. Experience working with manuscript archives, digital archives projects, Omeka, and the Dublin Core Initiative is also preferred. Experience with MS Excel and proficiency working in a Windows environment are required.

To apply
please send an email with a resume or vita attached, as well as a list of three academic or professional references and a cover letter detailing your education and work experience, to hr@arlibrary.org. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

This position can be coordinated with either a three-credit or six-credit internship in a graduate or undergraduate instructional program. The applicant is responsible for making all internship arrangements with the academic institution.

The Digital Watauga Project (https://DigitalWatauga.org)

“The principal aim of the Digital Watauga Project (DWP) is the digital preservation of Watauga County, North Carolina’s historical images, documents, and other materials.  By serving as a digital clearinghouse of Watauga County’s history, the DWP encourages its members and the citizens of Watauga County to make our history more accessible to the general public while also allowing the owner of historical materials digitized through the DWP to retain ownership and control over their original images, documents, and artifacts.  In addition, the DWP sponsors regular public events designed to highlight components of its digital collection and educate the Watauga County community about its rich, multifaceted, and important history.  The Digital Watauga Project, working in partnership with the Watauga County Public Library, is a project of the Watauga County Historical Society, a non-profit, 501 (c) 3 organization."