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Job Description Summary
The Los Angeles Times is looking for a part-time librarian to join our staff.
This librarian will focus on archiving and work to enhance both electronic and physical assets produced by the newsroom as part of our journalistic enterprise and to ensure the long-term storage of these digital multimedia objects within a proprietary CMS.
The archivist will collaborate and contribute to newsroom research tasks that directly support daily deadline coverage, as well as projects and internet galleries that provide a historical background for current news events, illuminate the history of the Los Angeles Times and the development of Los Angeles with an understanding of the communities that have played a role in the city’s evolution.
The person in this role will work with other librarians, web producers and editors to understand their needs in order to organize and enhance access to our assets, advising on best practices based on their unique professional background and experience. The position requires both technical capability and an understanding of archival CMS systems, including metadata structures, retrieval software and thesaurus maintenance programs, developments in OCR technologies, automated indexing programs, audio-to-text software and image retrieval systems.
- Responsible for validating basic metadata QC and clean-up on database records for text, image, graphic, audio and video assets and ensuring consistency across legacy databases and libraries, while indexing and enhancing these materials for retrieval
- Develop an inventory, as needed, of historical assets in the library’s permanent collection to advise and plan for the digitization of these unique historical resources
- Write summaries of research, organize project research, write descriptive narratives of visuals, abstracts of editorial content and apply basic indexing utilizing the controlled vocabulary employed by the newsroom and the taxonomy in our legacy library system
- Ability to work independently on deadline with attention toward accuracy and detail
- Ability to juggle short-term assignments and long-term commitments at one time
- Knowledge of databases, spreadsheets and computer-assisted reporting tools, including experience with Excel and Access
- Proficient in searching wide spectrum of full-text databases (Nexis, Proquest, Factiva, newspapers.com, etc.), image-banks and statistical databases and summarizing analysis from these databases, including other public internet-based systems
- Education: MLS degree from accredited institution or equivalent background and experience preferably with emphasis on a role as a professional archivist.
- Active in professional archivist organizations and knowledgeable of the field, preparing inventories and assessments of historical assets
- Minimum of three to five years of relevant professional work experience
- Knowledge of archival practices in a digital environment, developments in content-management systems, document scanning and processing collections
- Strong interpersonal, communication and writing skills
- Journalism background desired or understanding of newsroom or publishing systems workflow
- Familiarity with image-archiving systems and practices is a plus
- Strong technical aptitude and skills
This position is classified as Librarian in the Los Angeles Times Guild and is based in El Segundo, Calif. Night and weekend work is expected.
Qualified candidates should apply via the link and be sureto upload a resume and cover letter to Library Director Cary Schneider. Please note, the opportunity to attach additional documents appears on thethird screen, and is labelled “Upload.”
Thank you for your interest in joining our team at the Los Angeles Times! We look forward to reviewing your application.