Hired! Temporarily

Posted on 6 January 2010 at 8:05 pm in Musings.

I have been hired. It’s temporary, but it’s still very exciting regardless. I’ll start working 30-hours a week for the California Academy of Sciences Research Library after Martin Luther King Jr. weekend (I officially started last month, but it’s been just one day a week for training so far). I’ll be the temporary fill-in for the Archives and Digital Production Assistant as she goes out on maternity leave.

So what will my responsibilities entail? The bulk of my workload will be digital archiving — scanning the Academy’s impressive collection of archival and curatorial photographs (from prints, books, slides and transparencies) to CDL standards, creating the accompanying Dublin Core-based metadata, organizing the servers, and operating the Cumulus digital asset management system that stores the collection.  I will also pitch in on archival reference questions, serving as the aide-de-camp for the Archives and Digital Collections Librarian as needed.

Of course, it’s great to find a paying job in the current economic climate. But beyond the wages, this job is a fantastic opportunity because of the new digital archiving skills I’m learning, the fantastic workplace and coworkers (with whom I’ve been interning since the summer), and the overall mission and orientation of the Academy, very much in line with that of my former longtime workplace, The Nature Conservancy. It further burnishes my credentials in the natural sciences, an area of interest of mine.

As a temporary position, this role adds to my résumé while still leaving me free to pursue longer-term appointments for after it wraps in mid-April. It all adds up to being the perfect opportunity.

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  1. Comment by Ewokmama on January 6, 2010 at 8:16 pm.

    Oooh that sounds awesome! Congrats!

  2. Comment by Carolyn on January 6, 2010 at 8:44 pm.

    What an amazing opportunity! You’ll be golden after this experience! Congrats!

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