11.0354 job: Lincoln Digitisation Project

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Tue, 21 Oct 1997 22:18:20 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 354.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

Date: Tue, 21 Oct 1997 16:46:27 -0400 (EDT)
From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@parallel.park.uga.edu>
Subject: Position opening

>> From: CECILE.MLBMHS@mhsgate.mlb.ilstu.edu (Jagodzinski Cecile)



Position Announcement

Project Administrator

Lincoln Digitization Project

PROJECT ADMINISTRATOR: Academic and special libraries in Illinois are
seeking a creative, innovative, and enthusiastic full-time administrator
to coordinate all aspects of a 2-year grant project to digitize materials
relating to the life of Abraham Lincoln. The grant is funded by the
Illinois Secretary of State's "Educate and Automate" program through the
Cooperative Collection Management Program, a consortium of 63 academic
libraries in Illinois. The Project Administrator will coordinate
oversight for intellectual content, creative design, and development of a
final product.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Lincoln Digitization Project will be a freely
accessible web site concentrating in its first year on Lincoln's
activities and experiences as a politician and campaigner prior to the
presidential years. The primary goal of the Project is to improve and
expand access to existing Illinois collections of materials by and about
Abraham Lincoln. Newly commissioned content such as essays,
bibliographies, or articles, also will be solicited specifically for
inclusion in the Web site. One long-term secondary goal of the Project is
to enhance knowledge of the richness and diversity of Lincoln materials
held throughout the state of Illinois.

The Project will operate under the direction of the Illinois Cooperative
Collection Management Program, dedicated to the principles and practice
of collaborative development and management of resources in Illinois
academic libraries. Since late 1996 the CCMP has worked with the
Illinois State Library and a core group of institutions with significant,
unique collections of Lincolniana to develop a plan for the Project.

HOST INSTITUTIONS: Illinois State University and the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are the host institutions for the project,
operating under the auspices of the Illinois Cooperative Collection
Management Program and the Lincoln Project Advisory Board. The project
administrator will be headquartered at Illinois State University's Milner
Library and will have access to the collections and facilities of that
library, the University of Illinois Library, and the collections of
numerous participating Illinois libraries and museums, including the
State Library and the Illinois State Historical Library. The technical
functions will be headquartered at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign. The two host libraries have combined holdings of
nearly 10 million volumes.

QUALIFICATIONS: The project administrator's task will be to coordinate
all aspects of the project, including content identification,
negotiations for use, editorial work; publicity, administration, and
assessment. Minimum qualifications include: Master's degree or Ph.D. in
library science, archival sciences, history, or related field. Five
years' recent professional experience. Familiarity with the scholarly,
academic, and library communities. General knowledge of editing,
publishing, and digital imaging processes, procedures, technologies, and
standards. Grant-writing skills to explore additional funding sources.
Knowledge of American history. Knowledge of HTML and SGML markup
languages (desirable). Good negotiating skills. Communication and
public speaking skills. Strong interpersonal skills.

SALARY: $45,000 for each of two years. Benefits include a standard
university package of group medical, dental, and life insurance; 24 days
vacation; sick leave.


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted until position is
filled, but for maximum consideration, applications should be submitted
not later than November 30, 1997.

TO APPLY: Submit letter of application, resume, and names of at least
three references to Lincoln Digitization Project Administrator Search
Committee, Attn.: Cheryl Elzy, Associate Dean, Milner Library, Illinois
State University, Campus Box 8900, Normal, Illinois 61790-8900.

For more information about both libraries, visit us at
http://www.mlb.ilstu.edu or http://www.grainger.uiuc.edu/.


Cecile M. Jagodzinski

Illinois State University

Milner Library Voice: 309-438-3449

Campus Box 8900 FAX: 309-438-3676

Normal, IL 61790-8900 e-mail: cecile@mhsgate.mlb.ilstu.edu

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