The Oregon Historical Society
  • Library
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • $15.00
  • Hourly
  • Part Time

This position is not eligible for participation in OHS benefits packages

We have an opening for a Digital Projects Assistant in the Library! Oregon Historical Society (OHS) is currently recruiting for a Digital Projects Assistant for a temporary, part-time position anticipated to last until late December 2018. 

The Digital Projects Assistant assists with digitization and metadata creation for OHS Digital Collections.

This position is non-exempt with a schedule of 15 hours per week ending in late December of 2018. This position does not qualify for participation in the OHS benefits package.  This position does not provide relocation assistance.


  1. Digitize a variety of library materials, including photographic and manuscript materials.
  2. Create metadata for digitized materials in accordance with OHS library procedures and adopted standards.


  • Digitizes photographs, documents, and other archival materials using digital imaging and editing software, including Silverfast and Photoshop.
  • Creates original or copy metadata for archival materials.
  • Rehouses archival materials.
  • Reports progress and statistics to Digital Collections Manager on a monthly and as-needed basis.
  • Displays the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure.
  • Maintains punctual, regular and predictable attendance.
  • Works collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.
  • Respectfully takes direction from supervisor.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required education, skills and experience for this position include but are not limited to:

Associate's degree (A. A.) or equivalent from two-year college in history or related subject; or six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Bachelor's Degree in history or related subject strongly preferred.


Demonstrated experience using digital camera equipment, flatbed scanners, and associated software to digitize print and photographic materials.

Proficiency with Microsoft Excel.

Knowledge of archival description and metadata standards.

Tolerance for repetitive tasks.


Familiarity with professional archival and special collections library procedures, including collections handling, preservation, and security.

Experience with processing, describing, digitizing, and preserving visual and media archival collections.

Knowledge of US history and historical research methods, especially the use of archives.

Knowledge of the Oregon Historical Society Library's collections and procedures.


Job requires specialized computer skills.  Must be adept at using various applications including database, spreadsheet, graphics, word processing, presentation creation/editing, communicate by e-mail and use scheduling software. Knowledge of digital imaging and photo editing software such as Silverfast and Photoshop preferred. Familiarity with archival description and content management systems, preferred. Proficiency with using online searching techniques, and with resources such as with search engines, WorldCat, Library of Congress Authorities, and archival finding aids required.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; walk; or stand.  The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands or arms; climb or balance; taste or smell; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The employee may occasionally be required to lift boxes of up to 50 pounds. This position requires extended periods of work at while sitting a computer, with constant keying of data.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. This position occasionally requires the employee to work near moving mechanical parts or exposure to airborne particles such as dust.

This position will work as needed between the OHS facility in downtown Portland and the Gresham Support Facility (GSF) as assigned. 

Must be able to work in a confined space shared with other workers and/or volunteers. May be required to work alone in a large warehouse space. 


The Oregon Historical Society is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. OHS will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law. 

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