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National Digital Newspaper Program Assistant (Suzzallo/Allen Libraries)

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Posted 9 September, 2013. Closes 15 September, 2013.


Microforms and Newspapers (Suzzallo/Allen Libraries)

Job Title:

National Digital Newspaper Program Assistant

Date Posted:

9 September, 2013

Closing Date:

15 September, 2013

Number Available:



$11.00 per hour


10 hours per week, Monday-Friday


    • Edit text results produced by OCR software
    • Evaluate quality of microfilmed newspapers for digitization
    • Utilize strong English editing skills
    • Research local newspaper history

    Required Qualifications:

      • Experience using Microsoft Office Tools, particularly word processing software
      • Experience with Web 2.0 tools such as cloud storage
      • Strong written and verbal communication skills
      • Ability to work independently
      • Strong attention to detail
      • Strong spelling skills
      • Able to sit at a PC workstation for 3-5 hours

        Desired Qualifications:

            • Knowledge of local history, particularly Seattle and Washington state history
            • Interest or background in digitization of images

                Other Job Details:

                As part of the National Digital Newspaper Program, our goal is to upload 300,000 pages of historic Washington newspapers to the Library of Congress Chronicling America website by mid-year 2014. Processors are often history and newspaper enthusiasts helping to correct key terms to improve the search results of our optical character recognition (OCR) software. The editing they do helps us meet and improve on standards set by the Library of Congress and contribute to online resources used by genealogists and historians everywhere.

                Application Process:

                1. Complete a UW Libraries student job application form. To ensure compatibility and consideration, complete the application form using Adobe Reader (some programs, including versions of Mac Preview, are not fully compatible with PDF forms).
                2. Submit the following items by uploading them to the Library student employment online dropbox:
                  1. Application form
                  2. Cover letter
                  3. Resume

                Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

                For additional information or questions regarding student job opportunities, or for assistance with the application process, please contact the Student Employment Coordinator, UW Libraries:
                Erik Dahl