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Museum Technician

Company: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Location: Bowie
Posted on: September 19, 2022

Job Description:

DescriptionInformation about the organization
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is a federally chartered, nonpartisan institution that was created by the US Congress to serve as America's national memorial to the victims of the Holocaust and an educational institution dedicated to the history and lessons of the Holocaust. The Museum seeks to educate Americans from all 50 states and all walks of life as well as international audiences. The Museum has three areas of expertise: Holocaust remembrance, Holocaust scholarship and education, and genocide prevention.
In carrying out its important memorial and educational mission, the Museum is guided by its institutional values for our workplace: Honor the memory of the victims; carry out our work with dignity, humility, integrity and respect for others; and strive for excellence through teamwork, rigor, and a culture of continuous learning. Consistent respect for others is the foundation for trust, collegiality and inclusion.
Information about the role
This position is located in the Digital Resources Coordination Branch within the Digital Access Division in the National Institute for Holocaust Documentation (NIHD). The growing digital collection comprises tens of millions of image files, tens of thousands of hours of video and audio media, hundreds of thousands of descriptions of items in the Museum's collections, and several sources of metadata. The Digital Access Division endeavors to provide better user interfaces to support those using the Collection via the web and by internal staff. The public face of the work can be seen at .
The incumbent reports to the Chief, Digital Resources Coordination. Work is performed at the Museum's David and Fela Shapell Family Collections, Conservation and Research Center (Shapell Center) in Bowie, MD. After initial training, the incumbent will perform routine duties in a chiefly independent manner, with the general oversight of the professional staff. The incumbent is under the general supervision of the Chief of Digital Resources Coordination and also takes direction from the Project Manager, Archival Paper Digitization.
This is a full-time donated, one-year term position (non-Federal) paid with the Museum's private funds. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Duties, and Responsibilities for the role


  • Operate and maintain the digitization camera system, lighting, and Capture One Cultural
  • Heritage software
  • Collaborate with the digitization team to produce quality images that meet USHMM
  • specifications and standards
  • Handle potentially fragile documents, photographs, publications, and other archival materials
  • following accepted norms and standards.
  • Track, monitor, and report progress of the digitization operation
  • Provide files with names using metadata standards and ensure that they can be easily found
  • using those naming conventions.

    Minimum Qualifications for the role

    • At least one year of experience imaging archival material using a medium format camera setup
    • At least one year of experience with Capture One software (Capture One Cultural Heritage
    • preferred)
    • Experience working in a research library, museum, or archives setting
    • Knowledge of archival cataloging and arrangement standards
    • Knowledge of file naming practices and metadata standards
    • Strong organizational and time management skills
    • Must be detail-oriented and self-motivated



      Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with DisabilitiesThe contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Keywords: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Bowie , Museum Technician, Professions , Bowie, Maryland

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